I am new to ethereum. I am using truffle to develop, deploy and interact with my solidity contract.I have a function in my contract which is as follows:

  function getResult(bytes32 name) public view returns (bytes32, bytes32,uint) {
        return (name,nameArray[name].pName,pCount[name]);

Using truffle console I accessed it as follows:

var result = poe.getResult('QWERTY');

**poe: is the contract instance

the output of the function is:

[ '0x5157455254590000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
  BigNumber { s: 1, e: 0, c: [ 1 ] } ]

Can anyone help me in converting the output to a readable format(hex to string and bignumber to integer)

Any leads would be appreciated. Thank you!!

2 Answers 2


the output is in array format. is there a way to extract the individual elements. I tried using toNumber and web3.toAscii() but doesn't seem to work

  • I tried using your method on similar function, but it returns undefined. var test = contractInstanceName.getList(). var convertedRes = web3.toAscii(test) :returns undefined
    – aib92
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:38

You convert the BigNumber by just calling .toNumber() on it, and you can convert the hex string using web3's built-in web3.toAscii() function. Bonus points, web3's function automatically handles the leading 0x so you don't have to!

Edit: Note that this function returns three values, (name,nameArray[name].pName,pCount[name]), which is why you're getting an array. A full conversion would look like

convertedResult = [web3.toAscii(result[0]), web3.toAscii(result[1]), result[2].toNumber()]

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