since im new to solidity programming i have some problem with executing my Contract.

My Contract looks like this:

# Solidity source code
contract_source_code = '''
pragma solidity ^0.4.1;

contract Identities {

event existProduction(bool);
address private owner;
mapping(address => bool) private production;

function Identities() public {
    owner = msg.sender;

function setProduction(address id, bool include) public {
    require(msg.sender == owner);
    production[id] = include;

function proofProduction(address id) public constant returns (bool) {
    return production[id];

I want to save an address of a production and want to set it 'TRUE' or 'FALSE' from another instance.

My web3.py code looks like this where i try to find out the boolean variable of an existing or not existing member:

compiled_sol = compile_source(contract_source_code) # Compiled source code contract_interface = compiled_sol[':Greeter'] contract_interface_identities = compiled_sol[':Identities']

# web3.py instance
provider = HTTPProvider('')
w3 = Web3(provider)
w3.middleware_stack.inject(geth_poa_middleware, layer=0)
identitiescontract = w3.eth.contract(abi=contract_interface_identities['abi'],
tx_hash_identities = identitiescontract.deploy(transaction={'from': w3.eth.accounts[0]
account2 = w3.toChecksumAddress('0x1200f5a866b0889a816d808a82b4f3be30ba6ba2')
identitiescontract.functions.setProduction(account2, True)
proof = identitiescontract.functions.proofProduction(account2)
exist = identitiescontract.eventFilter('existProduction', {'fromBlock': 0, 'toBlock': 'latest'})

My EventFilter is empty and i cannot read out the events and also the proof variable dont give me some information like bool as i want to

Output is like this

Function proofProduction(address) bound to ('0x1200F5A866b0889A816D808A82B4f3bE30bA6bA2',)

Can someone help me how i get the return value out of a smart contract function ?

  • could you please share all your code to try to reproduce the results?, are you using infura?
    – Jaime
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 15:15
  • now i shared the whole code for this contract and the usage in web3 Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 15:25

3 Answers 3


Instead of :

proof = identitiescontract.functions.proofProduction(account2)

Use :

proof = identitiescontract.proofProduction(account2)

This should invoke the function and return value.

  • proof = identitiescontract.proofProduction(account2) AttributeError: type object 'Contract' has no attribute 'proofProduction' Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 14:39
  • You mentioned in answer that your are getting False from the function. Does that mean call is successful (though the logic is not working as you expect) ? Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 14:53
  • the call is succesfull but not what i aspect to get because it should be True Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 21:51
  • Add a public variables for debugging. I.e. A counter that increases every time you add a key + value pair to production. Apart from that comment line for "existProduction" in "proofProduction" function. Does that change anything ? Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 3:36

So guys finally i have the answer to solve the task:

The Output was False because i have to edit this line

tx_setProduction = contract_instance_identities.setProduction(account2, True)

And then add this line:


Now i get the right answer for the proofProduction Function which should be True and thats how it looks like :)

Thank you for help


i get my function worked so that i get an output which is a boolean!!!

I increased the Gas for the contract to this:

tx_hash_identities = identitiescontract.deploy(transaction={'from': w3.eth.accounts[0], 'gas': 4100000})

and i added this to my code:

tx_receipt_identities = w3.eth.getTransactionReceipt(tx_hash_identities)
contract_address_identities = tx_receipt_identities['contractAddress']
contract_instance_identities = w3.eth.contract(abi=contract_interface_identities['abi'],

After that i call the functions with:

contract_instance_identities.setProduction(account2, True)
proof = contract_instance_identities.proofProduction(account2)

But my output is the whole time False!!!

Why is my setProduction function not working as i expect?

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