Deployed a contract using Remix IDE to Rinkeby testnet.

Etherscan contract address and code is here.

contract SimpleCounter {
    int counter;

    constructor() public {
        counter = 0;

    function getCounter() public view returns (int){
        return counter;

    function increment() public {
        counter += 1;

    function decrement() public {
        counter -= 1;

JavaScript client code:

    var contract;


    function initContract(){
        web3 = new Web3(web3.currentProvider);

        var address = "0xc6482382047fb50e8e7b4658425c9756b28f995c";
        var abi = [

        console.log('Create contract...');
        contract = new web3.eth.Contract(abi, address);

    } //initContract()

    function getCounterValue(){
        contract.methods.getCounter().call().then((result) => {


Create contract...

(index):86 o {_requestManager: e, givenProvider: MetamaskInpageProvider, providers: {…}, _provider: MetamaskInpageProvider, …}

(index):94 getCounter()...

(index):99 err...

Error: Returned values aren't valid, did it run Out of Gas?


This works fine in Remix IDE (chrome). I'm able to increment/decrement/getCounter... with compiler version:0.4.25+commit.59dbf8f1.Emscripten.clang .

Why does it fail, when accessing it using 'dist/web3.min.js' of Web3.js (Branch 1.0)?


I fixed the similar error by deleting .json files from build/contracts folder and then running truffle migrate in the terminal.

However, the error occurred in Visual Studio Code, not Remix IDE. It appeared after running truffle migrate --reset.

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    The question is about the Remix IDE, which executes in the browser. – Ismael Feb 5 at 4:42
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    @monkrus The issue I had reported was due to using 'account address', instead of 'contract address'!. Deleting .json wouldn't fix that. You might want to add 'exact problem' along with error - to differentiate 'your scenario' and related fix, for clarity. – RafiAlhamd Feb 6 at 15:33
  • @Ismael Thanks for pointing it out. To add more clarity... the issue worked in Remix IDE, but not in custom JavaScript code. – RafiAlhamd Feb 6 at 15:40

I got help from Veniamin.

I had error "Error: Couldn't decode from ABI: 0x." when call get request with wrong contract address

I made a mistake... I was using 'account address', instead of 'contract address'!

The code works, once correct 'contract address' was used.

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    It is worthy of noting that the address of the contract is different than the address of the account that creates the contract and it is generated when the contract is created. – Ahmed Akhtar Jul 11 at 7:56

Your code seems to be correct. I think your problem is due to a Web3js bug. Have a look at the issue reported in Github :


I recommand you to use web3.js 1.0.0-beta.35 instead.

  • Switched to version web3.js 1.0.0-beta.35. But, this time the error is different: Error: Couldn't decode from ABI: 0x. – RafiAlhamd Oct 10 '18 at 13:44
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    Check your contract address – Badr Bellaj Oct 10 '18 at 20:27
  • Already fixed. Have added my answer below. Got help from GitHub. – RafiAlhamd Oct 11 '18 at 9:52

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