I have been developing an application using a smart contract, the application is similar to this one: https://www.ethereum.org/crowdsale

I went ahead and initiated a request, below is the codebase for it:

import React, { Component } from "react";
import { Form, Button, Message, Input } from "semantic-ui-react";
import Campaign from "../../../ethereum/campaign";
import web3 from "../../../ethereum/web3";
import { Link, Router } from "../../../routes";
import Layout from "../../../components/Layout";

class RequestNew extends Component {
  state = {
    value: "",
    description: "",
    recipient: "",
    loading: false,
    errorMessage: ""

  static async getInitialProps(props) {
    const { address } = props.query;

    return { address };

  onSubmit = async event => {

    const campaign = Campaign(this.props.address);
    const { description, value, recipient } = this.state;

    this.setState({ loading: true, errorMessage: "" });

    try {
      const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();
      await campaign.methods
        .createRequest(description, web3.utils.toWei(value, "ether"), recipient)
        .send({ from: accounts[0] });

    } catch (err) {
      this.setState({ errorMessage: err.message });

    this.setState({ loading: false });

  render() {
    return (
        <Link route={`/campaigns/${this.props.address}/requests`}>
        <h3>Create a Request</h3>
        <Form onSubmit={this.onSubmit} error={!!this.state.errorMessage}>
              onChange={event =>
                this.setState({ description: event.target.value })

            <label>Value in Ether</label>
              onChange={event => this.setState({ value: event.target.value })}

              onChange={event =>
                this.setState({ recipient: event.target.value })

          <Message error header="Oops!" content={this.state.errorMessage} />
          <Button primary loading={this.state.loading}>

export default RequestNew;

The button has a spinner that has been spinning now for over 20 minutes since the request was initiated.

I go over to Metamask and I am still seeing Contract Interaction in Pending status with a time of 21:51.

The last transaction I initiated the last time I was developing this application only took 14:47.

How long should it take? Is this the norm? How much longer should I wait? What are my options?

This is just testing on the Rinkeby Test Network by the way, so I am not so much concerned about loss as I am about time spent in pending status.

  • I'm not quite sure what is happening there but in general when issuing a transaction it typically takes a second or two to get a response (a transaction hash). Due to gas limits I doubt any transaction can truly run for more than 10 seconds or so. – Lauri Peltonen Apr 18 '19 at 6:10
  • Check your Javascript console. Most probably there has been some exception. – Mikhail Vladimirov Apr 18 '19 at 9:21

You probably haven't used a high enough gas price. Have a look at https://ethgasstation.info/index.php

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