I am trying to get the ETH balance of a contract:

const balance = await contract.getBalance();

but it fails:

TypeError: contract.getBalance is not a function

What I do wrong and how to fix the error?

7 Answers 7


getBalance is a function of the Ether.js blockchain provider object, it is used this way :

const balance = await provider.getBalance("address");

Note that you can use contract.address to obtain the address of the contract instance.

  • what chain is this balance for?
    – Tobi
    Feb 25, 2022 at 4:07
  • Late to this. The chain depends on the provider. When creating the provider you specify the network (through the RPC URL or otherwise).
    – Mark
    Apr 27, 2022 at 7:54

In the context of testing a contract with Hard Hat:

const { ethers, waffle} = require("hardhat");

const provider = waffle.provider;
const balanceInWei = await provider.getBalance(contract.address);

where contract is a deployed contract instance.


You also can use:

import { ethers } from "hardhat";

const provider = ethers.getDefaultProvider();
const balance = await provider.getBalance("address");
  • This actually seems wrong as using ethers.getDefaultProvider provides the default provider an not the one in use. You really should be calling ethers.provider
    – Ritzy Dev
    Apr 11 at 0:43

With Wagmi and React :

  const provider = useProvider()
  const [balance, setBalance] = useState<BigNumber>()

  useEffect(() => {
    const run = async () => {
      setBalance(await provider.getBalance(address))
  }, [provider, address])

I think Your Contract Name and Your Solidity File name are not the same because i had get this error before

const address1 = "0x042523DB4F3Effc33d2742022B2490258494f8B3"
const bal = provider.getBalance(address1) //balance in wei
const balance = ethers.formatEther(bal) // wei balance convert to eth balance

TypeError: contract.getBalance is not a function

You can try:

npm install @ethersproject/units

Then import it:

import { formatUnits } from "@ethersproject/units";

And then:

const balance = await provider.getBalance(address);

const ethbalance = formatUnits(balance, "ether");

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