I use websocket (ws) connection to Infura node

web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider ("wss://ropsten.infura.io/ws"));

Sometimes it's works fine or sometimes it give error on console:

Error: CONNECTION ERROR: Couldn't connect to node on WS.

Uncaught (in promise) Error: CONNECTION ERROR: Couldn't connect to node on WS.

I am not getting why its happening.

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    I also ran into this problem, seems like an intermittent issue mostly. Refreshing usually fixes it. – Shawn Tabrizi May 21 '18 at 20:33

I don't want to get a "golden shovel" reward or something but that question doesn't seem to be very old. I managed to successfully implement automatic reconnect thus I wanted to share the code:

First I created a separate function getProvider:

function getProvider() {
  const { WebsocketProvider } = Web3.providers;

  const provider = new WebsocketProvider(WEB3_WEBSOCKET_PROVIDER_URL);

  return new Promise((resolve) => {
    provider.on('connect', () => {
      logger.info('Web3 WS connected.');
      return resolve(provider);

    provider.on('error', () => resolve());

Then I have a function listen that attaches to blockchain in order to listen for events that I'm interested in:

async function listen(repositories, wallet) {
  const provider = await getProvider();

  if (!provider) {
    logger.info('Web3 WS unavailable. Reconnecting...');
    setTimeout(() => listen(repositories, wallet), 5000);

  const web3 = new Web3(provider);

  provider.on('error', (e) => {
    logger.error(`Web3 WS encountered an error: ${e}.`);
    listen(repositories, wallet);

  provider.on('end', () => {
    logger.error('Web3 WS disconnected. Reconnecting...');
    listen(repositories, wallet);

  const contractsConnector = contractsConnectorFactory(web3);
  const contracts = await contractsConnector.connectAll();

  const listeners = listenersFactory(repositories, contracts, wallet);

This way whenever the connection closes I make sure that I won't miss any events that were thrown in the meantime. Hope that helps anyone that will have problems with that.


I've also had this problem. I have been able to catch it (somewhat) using:

    const providerPath = `wss://rinkeby.infura.io/ws`
    web3 = new Web3() 
    const eventProvider = new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider(providerPath)

    //listen for disconnects
    eventProvider.on('error', e => handleDisconnects(e));
    eventProvider.on('end', e => handleDisconnects(e))


    function handleDisconnects(e) {

I haven't been able to successfully catch/re-connect though

  • The only stable solution of this pro. is setup your own node on server. – Chirag Maliwal May 22 '18 at 3:41
  • Any idea on how to set our own node server? – Sowmay Jain Jun 16 '18 at 11:23
  • @SowmayJain I've had the exact same experience, so want to setup my own node, but I'm not 100% sure how. I've asked the question here: ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/50627/… – mesqueeb Jul 7 '18 at 8:47
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    Yeah. There's real need for a comprehensive guide on it. – Sowmay Jain Jul 7 '18 at 18:08

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