Examples

Here are some common things you might want to do with web3.

Looking up blocks

Blocks can be looked up by either their number or hash using the web3.eth.getBlock API. Block hashes should be in their hexadecimal representation. Block numbers

# get a block by number
>>> web3.eth.getBlock(12345)
{
    'author': '0xad5c1768e5974c231b2148169da064e61910f31a',
    'difficulty': 735512610763,
    'extraData': '0x476574682f76312e302e302f6c696e75782f676f312e342e32',
    'gasLimit': 5000,
    'gasUsed': 0,
    'hash': '0x767c2bfb3bdee3f78676c1285cd757bcd5d8c272cef2eb30d9733800a78c0b6d',
    'logsBloom': '0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
    'miner': '0xad5c1768e5974c231b2148169da064e61910f31a',
    'mixHash': '0x31d9ec7e3855aeba37fd92aa1639845e70b360a60f77f12eff530429ef8cfcba',
    'nonce': '0x549f882c5f356f85',
    'number': 12345,
    'parentHash': '0x4b3c1d7e65a507b62734feca1ee9f27a5379e318bd52ae62de7ba67dbeac66a3',
    'receiptsRoot': '0x56e81f171bcc55a6ff8345e692c0f86e5b48e01b996cadc001622fb5e363b421',
    'sealFields': ['0x31d9ec7e3855aeba37fd92aa1639845e70b360a60f77f12eff530429ef8cfcba',
    '0x549f882c5f356f85'],
    'sha3Uncles': '0x1dcc4de8dec75d7aab85b567b6ccd41ad312451b948a7413f0a142fd40d49347',
    'size': 539,
    'stateRoot': '0xca495e22ed6b88c61714d129dbc8c94f5bf966ac581c09a57c0a72d0e55e7286',
    'timestamp': 1438367030,
    'totalDifficulty': 3862140487204603,
    'transactions': [],
    'transactionsRoot': '0x56e81f171bcc55a6ff8345e692c0f86e5b48e01b996cadc001622fb5e363b421',
    'uncles': [],
}
# get a block by it's hash
>>> web3.eth.getBlock('0x767c2bfb3bdee3f78676c1285cd757bcd5d8c272cef2eb30d9733800a78c0b6d')
{...}

Getting the latest block

You can also retrieve the latest block using the string 'latest' in the web3.eth.getBlock API.

>>> web3.eth.getBlock('latest')
{...}

If you want to know the latest block number you can use the web3.eth.blockNumber property.

>>> web3.eth.blockNumber
4194803

Currency conversions

Web3 can help you convert between denominations. The following denominations are supported.

denomination amount in wei
wei 1
kwei 1000
babbage 1000
femtoether 1000
mwei 1000000
lovelace 1000000
picoether 1000000
gwei 1000000000
shannon 1000000000
nanoether 1000000000
nano 1000000000
szabo 1000000000000
microether 1000000000000
micro 1000000000000
finney 1000000000000000
milliether 1000000000000000
milli 1000000000000000
ether 1000000000000000000
kether 1000000000000000000000
grand 1000000000000000000000
mether 1000000000000000000000000
gether 1000000000000000000000000000
tether 1000000000000000000000000000000
>>> web3.toWei('1', 'ether')
1000000000000000000
>>> web3.fromWei('1000000000000000000', 'ether')
Decimal('1')
>>> from_wei(123456789, 'ether')
Decimal('1.23456789E-10')

Looking up transactions

You can look up transactions using the web3.eth.getTransaction function.

>>> web3.eth.getTransaction('0x5c504ed432cb51138bcf09aa5e8a410dd4a1e204ef84bfed1be16dfba1b22060')
{
    'blockHash': '0x4e3a3754410177e6937ef1f84bba68ea139e8d1a2258c5f85db9f1cd715a1bdd',
    'blockNumber': 46147,
    'condition': None,
    'creates': None,
    'from': '0xa1e4380a3b1f749673e270229993ee55f35663b4',
    'gas': 21000,
    'gasPrice': 50000000000000,
    'hash': '0x5c504ed432cb51138bcf09aa5e8a410dd4a1e204ef84bfed1be16dfba1b22060',
    'input': '0x',
    'networkId': None,
    'nonce': 0,
    'publicKey': '0x376fc429acc35e610f75b14bc96242b13623833569a5bb3d72c17be7e51da0bb58e48e2462a59897cead8ab88e78709f9d24fd6ec24d1456f43aae407a8970e4',
    'r': '0x88ff6cf0fefd94db46111149ae4bfc179e9b94721fffd821d38d16464b3f71d0',
    'raw': '0xf86780862d79883d2000825208945df9b87991262f6ba471f09758cde1c0fc1de734827a69801ca088ff6cf0fefd94db46111149ae4bfc179e9b94721fffd821d38d16464b3f71d0a045e0aff800961cfce805daef7016b9b675c137a6a41a548f7b60a3484c06a33a',
    's': '0x45e0aff800961cfce805daef7016b9b675c137a6a41a548f7b60a3484c06a33a',
    'standardV': '0x1',
    'to': '0x5df9b87991262f6ba471f09758cde1c0fc1de734',
    'transactionIndex': 0,
    'v': '0x1c',
    'value': 31337,
}

If no transaction for the given hash can be found, then this function will instead return None.

Looking up receipts

Transaction receipts can be retrieved using the web3.eth.getTransactionReceipt API.

>>> web3.eth.getTransactionReceipt('0x5c504ed432cb51138bcf09aa5e8a410dd4a1e204ef84bfed1be16dfba1b22060')
{
    'blockHash': '0x4e3a3754410177e6937ef1f84bba68ea139e8d1a2258c5f85db9f1cd715a1bdd',
    'blockNumber': 46147,
    'contractAddress': None,
    'cumulativeGasUsed': 21000,
    'gasUsed': 21000,
    'logs': [],
    'logsBloom': '0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
    'root': '0x96a8e009d2b88b1483e6941e6812e32263b05683fac202abc622a3e31aed1957',
    'transactionHash': '0x5c504ed432cb51138bcf09aa5e8a410dd4a1e204ef84bfed1be16dfba1b22060',
    'transactionIndex': 0,
}

If the transaction has not yet been mined then this method will return None.

Working with Contracts

Given the following solidity source file stored at contract.sol.

contract StoreVar {

    uint8 public _myVar;
    event MyEvent(uint indexed _var);

    function setVar(uint8 _var) public {
        _myVar = _var;
        MyEvent(_var);
    }

    function getVar() public view returns (uint8) {
        return _myVar;
    }

}

The following example demonstrates a few things:

  • Compiling a contract from a sol file.
  • Estimating gas costs of a transaction.
  • Transacting with a contract function.
  • Waiting for a transaction receipt to be mined.
import sys
import time
import pprint

from web3.providers.eth_tester import EthereumTesterProvider
from web3 import Web3
from solc import compile_source


def compile_source_file(file_path):
   with open(file_path, 'r') as f:
      source = f.read()

   return compile_source(source)


def deploy_contract(w3, contract_interface):
    tx_hash = w3.eth.contract(
        abi=contract_interface['abi'],
        bytecode=contract_interface['bin']).deploy()

    address = w3.eth.getTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)['contractAddress']
    return address


w3 = Web3(EthereumTesterProvider())

contract_source_path = 'contract.sol'
compiled_sol = compile_source_file('contract.sol')

contract_id, contract_interface = compiled_sol.popitem()

address = deploy_contract(w3, contract_interface)
print("Deployed {0} to: {1}\n".format(contract_id, address))

store_var_contract = w3.eth.contract(
   address=address,
   abi=contract_interface['abi'])

gas_estimate = store_var_contract.functions.setVar(255).estimateGas()
print("Gas estimate to transact with setVar: {0}\n".format(gas_estimate))

if gas_estimate < 100000:
  print("Sending transaction to setVar(255)\n")
  tx_hash = store_var_contract.functions.setVar(255).transact()
  receipt = w3.eth.waitForTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)
  print("Transaction receipt mined: \n")
  pprint.pprint(dict(receipt))
  print("Was transaction successful? \n")
  pprint.pprint(receipt['status'])
else:
  print("Gas cost exceeds 100000")

Output:

Deployed <stdin>:StoreVar to: 0xF2E246BB76DF876Cef8b38ae84130F4F55De395b

Gas estimate to transact with setVar: 32463

Sending transaction to setVar(255)

Transaction receipt mined:

{'blockHash': HexBytes('0x94e07b0b88667da284e914fa44b87d4e7fec39761be51245ef94632a3b5ab9f0'),
 'blockNumber': 2,
 'contractAddress': None,
 'cumulativeGasUsed': 43106,
 'gasUsed': 43106,
 'logs': [AttributeDict({'type': 'mined', 'logIndex': 0, 'transactionIndex': 0, 'transactionHash': HexBytes('0x3ac3518cc59d1698aa03a0bab7fb8191a4ef017aeda7429b11e8c6462b20a62a'), 'blockHash': HexBytes('0x94e07b0b88667da284e914fa44b87d4e7fec39761be51245ef94632a3b5ab9f0'), 'blockNumber': 2, 'address': '0xF2E246BB76DF876Cef8b38ae84130F4F55De395b', 'data': '0x', 'topics': [HexBytes('0x6c2b4666ba8da5a95717621d879a77de725f3d816709b9cbe9f059b8f875e284'), HexBytes('0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000ff')]})],
 'transactionHash': HexBytes('0x3ac3518cc59d1698aa03a0bab7fb8191a4ef017aeda7429b11e8c6462b20a62a'),
 'transactionIndex': 0}

Working with an ERC20 Token Contract

Most fungible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain conform to the ERC20 standard. This section of the guide covers interacting with an existing token contract which conforms to this standard.

In this guide we will interact with an existing token contract that we have already deployed to a local testing chain. This guide assumes:

1. An existing token contract at a known address. 1. Access to the proper ABI for the given contract. 1. A ~web3.main.Web3 instance connected to a provider with an unlocked account which can send transactions.

Creating the contract factory

First we need to create a contract instance with the address of our token contract and the ERC20 ABI.

>>> contract = w3.eth.contract(contract_address, abi=ABI)
>>> contract.address
'0xF2E246BB76DF876Cef8b38ae84130F4F55De395b'

Querying token metadata

Each token will have a total supply which represents the total number of tokens in circulation. In this example we’ve initialized the token contract to have 1 million tokens. Since this token contract is setup to have 18 decimal places, the raw total supply returned by the contract is going to have 18 additional decimal places.

>>> contract.functions.name().call()
'TestToken'
>>> contract.functions.symbol().call()
'TEST'
>>> decimals = contract.functions.decimals().call()
>>> decimals
18
>>> DECIMALS = 10 ** decimals
>>> contract.functions.totalSupply().call() // DECIMALS
1000000

Query account balances

Next we can query some account balances using the contract’s balanceOf function. The token contract we are using starts with a single account which we’ll refer to as alice holding all of the tokens.

>>> alice = '0x7E5F4552091A69125d5DfCb7b8C2659029395Bdf'
>>> bob = '0x2B5AD5c4795c026514f8317c7a215E218DcCD6cF'
>>> raw_balance = contract.functions.balanceOf(alice).call()
>>> raw_balance
1000000000000000000000000
>>> raw_balance // DECIMALS
1000000
>>> contract.functions.balanceOf(bob).call()
0

Sending tokens

Next we can transfer some tokens from alice to bob using the contract’s transfer function.

>>> tx_hash = contract.functions.transfer(bob, 100).transact({'from': alice})
>>> tx_receipt = w3.eth.waitForTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)
>>> contract.functions.balanceOf(alice).call()
999999999999999999999900
>>> contract.functions.balanceOf(bob).call()
100

Creating an approval for external transfers

Alice could also approve someone else to spend tokens from her account using the approve function. We can also query how many tokens we’re approved to spend using the allowance function.

>>> contract.functions.allowance(alice, bob).call()
0
>>> tx_hash = contract.functions.approve(bob, 200).transact({'from': alice})
>>> tx_receipt = w3.eth.waitForTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)
>>> contract.functions.allowance(alice, bob).call()
200

Performing an external transfer

When someone has an allowance they can transfer those tokens using the transferFrom function.

>>> contract.functions.allowance(alice, bob).call()
200
>>> contract.functions.balanceOf(bob).call()
100
>>> tx_hash = contract.functions.transferFrom(alice, bob, 75).transact({'from': bob})
>>> tx_receipt = w3.eth.waitForTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)
>>> contract.functions.allowance(alice, bob).call()
125
>>> contract.functions.balanceOf(bob).call()
175