I am trying pull a random number generated from a function on my smart contract that uses the' block difficulty' and the 'block time stamp'.

The solidity code looks like this:

pragma solidity ^0.4.18;

 contract ApprovalContract {

  function random() external view returns (uint8){
  return uint8(uint256(keccak256(abi.encodePacked(block.timestamp, 

The application code written in JS looks like this:

        function(error, result) {
            if (error) {
              console.log('error: ' + error);
            else {
              console.log('result: ' + JSON.stringify(result));

All I need to do is log the randomly generated number to the console. Unfortunately, I keep seeing "Uncaught TypeError: ApprovalContract.methods.random is not a function"

  • 1
    I updated the ABI definition and random definitely shows up as a function in the ABI Oct 5 '18 at 16:01
  • Make the function public Oct 5 '18 at 16:27
  • The function is external, so you should be good in terms of accessibility. How are you initializating ApprovalContract in your javascript code?
    – Henk
    Oct 5 '18 at 19:53
  • @Henk var ApprovalContract = new web3.eth.Contract(abi,contractAddress) Oct 6 '18 at 21:47

Remove the () after methods.random. random isn't a function on methods, it's an object.

  • I don't understand though. How would I 'call' random if it shows up as an object?How do I access this data? I'm trying to implement rudimentary 2-factor authentication by generating a random number that I can call from the smart contract and then send it back to the smart contract in order to authenticate. Oct 6 '18 at 22:18
  • Random is a function in Solidity, but when web3.js generates the contract object for interacting with it, it creates random as an object. This is because it has multiple functions on it
    – natewelch_
    Oct 6 '18 at 22:28
  • so should I rename my function? I still don't see how I can access the data in random. Please help!! Oct 7 '18 at 0:30
  • Just change ApprovalContract.methods.random().call to ApprovalContract.methods.random.call. Random is an object on the methods object, not a function. You are calling an object as a function.
    – natewelch_
    Oct 7 '18 at 0:41
  • I did try that, I'm getting "Cannot read property 'call' of undefined". Thank you for your help! Oct 7 '18 at 0:56

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