I make a web application, that needs the events from my contract to initialize it's state. I was using infura websocket provider, but it seems to lag a lot and close the connections unexpectedly during the last week. getPastEvents method does not work well.

I would like for my application to be accessible from smartphones (at least for read only mode). So I cannot rely only on the node or wallet running on same computer.

Is there a way to get all the events from some contract in a reliable way? For example, how does etherdelta achieve this? They run a server, with it's own private node, that generates static data every block?

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You can use event watch on each transaction call then able to get the event from Tx receipts.

Sample code

const self = this;
this.props.deposit(this.state.amount).then((result) => {
    if (!result) {

    var event = self.props.getEventXXX()
    event.watch(function (err, response) {
        if(response.event == 'XXX') {
                message: 'ABC',
                description: 'XYZ!',

You can refer to this document also: https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/JavaScript-API#contract-events

  • That's a good idea! But I really need to load the past events. It would be to costly to store all the needed information in the contract.
    – Rob Yart
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 19:41
  • You can get past events of any specific transaction from it's receipts/logs and it's not called listening to events as your title; just read data from blockchain.
    – Tony Dang
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 2:32

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