When i used web3.toAscii I received the following error :

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I think the reason is my web3 version i.e. '1.0.0-beta.34'

If so, is there any alternative command for web3 version 1 for the following command ?

transaction = web3.eth.getTransaction('0x0c485e0f155f7f216d06e70ef85b684392c9b190c2f7c0af67ec1b56d6945498')
input = web3.toAscii(transaction.input)

I also used following command :


However, I receive the following error :

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That mean its input cannot be a transaction hash.

2 Answers 2


The equivalent should be web3.utils.hexToAscii

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  • Thanks, I already tried this, however its input cannot be a transaction hash. I explained this in my question.
    – Questioner
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 20:15
  • @sas You are missing " around your parameter web3.utils.hexToAscii("0x0c485e0f155f7f216d06e70ef85b684392c9b190c2f7c0af67ec1b56d6945498"). In any case it doesn't make much sense to use hexToAscii with a transaction hash or a transaction.input. It was intended to use on some fields that were generated by asciiToHex like block.extraData. If you want to parse a transaction input then you need the contract abi and using a library like ethereumjs-abi to read the parameters values of the call.
    – Ismael
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 20:29
  • You're right, however this time, the output is not as expected :'\fH^\u000f\u0015_!m\u0006ç\u000eø[hCɱÂ÷À¯gì\u001bVÖT'" . Because accordong to this answer : ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/11144/… I want to decode transaction data such that it would be readable.
    – Questioner
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 20:39
  • It does work in the link because it was generated by toHex (equivalent to today's asciiToHex). It doesn't work in your case because it is a raw function call. As I said you will need the contract ABI and a ABI parser to extract info from the parameters of the call.
    – Ismael
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 21:50

Like Ismael mention, you have to use hexToAscii with web3@^1.0

But looks like you are using it on the transaction.hash and not the transaction.input

EDIT: example:

Submit transaction:

const Tx = require('ethereumjs-tx');
const web3 = require('web3');
const data = web3.utils.toHex('Hello world!');
const rawTx = {
    nonce: web3.utils.toHex(nonce),
    gasPrice: web3.utils.toHex(gasPrice),
    gasLimit: web3.utils.toHex(gasCost),
    to: '0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
    value: '0x00',
const privateKeyWithoutZero = privateKey.startsWith('0x') ? privateKey.slice(2, privateKey.length) : privateKey;
const privateKeyBuffer = new Buffer(privateKeyWithoutZero, 'hex');
const transaction = new Tx(rawTx);

const serializedTx = transaction.serialize();

web3.eth.sendSignedTransaction('0x' + serializedTx.toString('hex'))
    .on('transactionHash', (txHash) => {
        console.log('Transaction hash', txHash);
    .on('receipt', (receipt) => {
        console.log('Transaction sent with sucess. debug:', receipt);

Then, getTransaction:

        .then((transaction) => {
          const inputData = Web3.utils.hexToAscii(transaction.input);
          console.log(inputData); // Hello world!
  • could u mention an example for transaction.input ? I mean using web3.utils.hexToAscii. Thanks.
    – Questioner
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 21:38
  • Example added above
    – oktapodia
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 22:39
  • Thank you. Now it's readable. I'm going to install an abi parser like this : github.com/ethereumjs/ethereumjs-abi to decode the tx data.
    – Questioner
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 0:26
  • Depends of what is your goal, but if you just want to read the input data, you don't need to use ethereum-abi, I updated my example with a simple working script
    – oktapodia
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 9:28
  • Thanks. In fact, I intend to get Tx data using HTML and JavaScript. I created a github repository here : github.com/s1241/GUI-for-Smart-Contract its smart contract tested successfully, however html and javascript is not complete. Are you interested in having a look its HTML file ?
    – Questioner
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 14:52

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