I have generated and used Go bindings to deploy a few contracts and that worked very well, but I see events are not implemented yet. Is this work discussed somewhere?

I'd like to understand what options there are for a server-side app in Go to watch events on deployed smart contracts?

I know events are wrappers around EVM log ops and reside as entries inside transaction receipts. Also, watching events are done per contract instance (not by class).

I would like to avoid manually parsing out events which I could do using either polling JSON RPC log changes or RPC pub/sub for logs.

What is the currently suggested way in Go? Please show with an example in code. Thanks!


Opened an issue for go-ethereum to add events for Go bindings so please +1. :)

  • did you found a way how to do it? I also have the same need. Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 9:50

2 Answers 2


Here's an example

package main

import (

func main() {
    client, err := ethclient.Dial("wss://rinkeby.infura.io/ws")

    if err != nil {

    greeterAddress := "a7b2eb1b9fff7c9625373a6a6d180e36b552fc4c"
    priv := "abcdbcf6bdc3a8e57f311a2b4f513c25b20e3ad4606486d7a927d8074872cefg"

    key, err := crypto.HexToECDSA(priv)

    contractAddress := common.HexToAddress(greeterAddress)
    greeterClient, err := greeter.NewGreeter(contractAddress, client)

    if err != nil {

    auth := bind.NewKeyedTransactor(key)

    // not sure why I have to set this when using testrpc
    // var nonce int64 = 0
    // auth.Nonce = big.NewInt(nonce)

    tx, err := greeterClient.Greet(auth, "hello")

    if err != nil {

    fmt.Printf("Pending TX: 0x%x\n", tx.Hash())

    query := ethereum.FilterQuery{
        Addresses: []common.Address{contractAddress},

    var ch = make(chan types.Log)
    ctx := context.Background()

    sub, err := client.SubscribeFilterLogs(ctx, query, ch)

    if err != nil {
        log.Println("Subscribe:", err)

    for {
        select {
        case err := <-sub.Err():
        case log := <-ch:
            fmt.Println("Log:", log)


Example contract used

pragma solidity ^0.4.9;

contract Greeter {
  event _Greet(string name);

  function greet(string name) public {

Until the abigen will generate code to access events through the contract interface you should use Client.SubscribeFilterLogs method. It's pretty self-explained. You have to provide a channel which will be fed by logs. Also, don't forget to listen on Subscription.Err().

Check consensys article: Technical Introduction to Events and Logs in Ethereum for information about handling Logs in Ethereum.


query := ethereum.FilterQuery{
    FromBlock: nil,
    ToBlock:   nil,
    // Topics [][]common.Hash
    Addresses: []common.Address{myContractAddress}}
var logs = make(chan types.Log, 2)
s, err := client.SubscribeFilterLogs(context.TODO(), query, logs)
// check err
errChan := s.Err()
for {
    select {
    case err := <-errChan:
        logger.Error("Logs subscription error", err)
    case l := <-logs:
        logger.Info("new log", log15.Spew(l))

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