Now, I'm working on an Ethereum Blockchain project to transfer the ownership of stored devices by using local web3 provider at the truffle environment.

  • Truffle v5.0.27 (core: 5.0.27)
  • Solidity v0.5.0 (solc-js)
  • Node v10.15.3
  • Web3.js v1.0.0-beta.37

**Browser details

  • OS: [Windows 10]
  • Browser tried both [firefox, chrome]
  • MetaMask Version [7.0.1]

Hence, I'm attempting to query all past events that a contract has ever emitted by using the following code

App.contracts.DeviceManager.deployed().then(function(instance) {
    DeviceManagerContractInstance= instance;
    { fromBlock: 0, toBlock: 'latest' })

    .then(events => console.log("events:",events))
    .catch((err) => console.error("err",err));

but I was getting this error

TypeError: DeviceManagerContractInstance.getPastEvents is not a function

Also, I tried to use allEvents()

.on('data', (event) => {
.on('error', console.error);

However, it's throwing the same error.

I don't know what is missing, and if the problem belongs to localhost or, code syntax.

Any Idea,

  • What's DeviceManager and how it is constructed?
    – Ismael
    Commented Oct 23, 2019 at 6:47
  • DeviceManager is my contract.
    – Byo0ona
    Commented Oct 23, 2019 at 13:13
  • How is it constructed? ie it is a web3 contract or a truffle contract. Perhaps it is not being assigned correctly and DeviceManagerContractInstance is not valid.
    – Ismael
    Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 0:44

1 Answer 1


1st lets clear a few things for you.

  • Past events are not stored in contract.
  • There are no built in functions like getPastEvents() and events.allEvents() to get all events.
  • Events are fired only where you emit them.

Here is an example contract

pragma solidity ^0.5.11;

contract SillyOwner {
    address owner;

    constructor() public {
        owner = msg.sender;

    event OwnerChange(
        address oldOwner,
        address newOwner

    function changeOwner(address _no) public { 
        require(msg.sender == owner, "Insufficient permission");
        address ow = owner;
        owner = _no;
        emit OwnerChange(ow, owner);

Here OwnerChange event will only be emitted when changeOwner() is called and the require statement returns true.

Example frontend:

const receipt = await this.SillyOwnerInstance.changeOwner(accounts[1], { from: accounts[0] });

You will have the emited event object available inside receipt.logs.

And again after calling changeOwner() a bunch of times there is not way to determine how many times the event was emitted and what were the values.

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