When calling a contract function that I expect to fail by invoking revert, I receive the following JSON-RPC response:

    "jsonrpc": "2.0",
    "id": 1,
    "result": "0x08c379a00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001150726f64756374206e6f7420666f756e64000000000000000000000000000000"

I believe the result field is a description of the error. How do I convert it into a human-readable format?


The data you are receiving is an ABI encoded error string, returned from a reverting contract. From the Solidity documentation:

The revert function .. takes an optional string message containing details about the error that is passed back to the caller.

The provided string is abi-encoded as if it were a call to a function Error(string).

To decode the error message:

  • The first 4 bytes (08c379a0) are the function selector - they can be discarded.
  • The remaining hex string is decoded according to the ABI specification for strings.

Using the Python eth-abi library to decode your example:

>>> from hexbytes import HexBytes
>>> from eth_abi import decode_abi
>>> response = HexBytes('0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001150726f64756374206e6f7420666f756e64000000000000000000000000000000')
>>> decode_abi(['string'], response)
('Product not found',)

You can use a try catch block to call the contract function. If call fails then you can interact with revert message in catch block.

try {
    var inOwner = await simpleCI.methods.isOwner().call({
        from: accounts[1]
} catch (err) {

and this is a sample err object:

    name: 'o',
    results: {
        '0x68187df294516d3942805b2a2f26a5dfa343db17100112deaef1b5b554c6c62c': {
            error: 'revert',
            program_counter: 400,
            return: '0x08c379a0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000002000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000094e6f74206f776e65720000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
            reason: 'Not owner'
    hashes: [
    message: 'VM Exception while processing transaction: revert Not owner'

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