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I was trying to use Infura API to make an Ethereum web app. First I compiled a solidity contract and then deployed it using infura api on rinkeby network. Here is my deploy script which seems to be running successfully.

const HDWalletProvider = require("truffle-hdwallet-provider");

const Web3 = require('Web3');

const compileFactory = require('./build/CampaignFactory.json');

const provider = new HDWalletProvider(




const web3 = new Web3(provider);

console.log("provider info: " + provider);

const deploy = async () => {

    const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();

    console.log("account used: " + accounts[0]);

    result = await new web3.eth.Contract(JSON.parse(compileFactory.interface))

        .deploy({data: "0x"+compileFactory.bytecode})

        .send({from: accounts[0]});

    console.log("deployed to address: " + result.options.address);



Then I created another script web3.js which creates a web3 provider using Infura api:

import  Web3 from 'web3';

let web3;

if (typeof window !== 'undefined' && typeof window.web3!=='undefined') {

    // we are in the browser and metamask is running.

    web3 = new Web3(window.web3.currentProvider);

    console.log("using metamask");


else {

    // we are in server OR user without metamask.

    const provider = new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(



    web3 = new Web3(provider);

    console.log("using infura");


export default web3;

but when I import this web3.js file somewhere and then try to use 'web3' object, it returns empty array of accounts. For example:

import web3 from '../../ethereum/web3';


const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();

console.log("Account list: "+accounts); // returns empty array.

But ideally, it should return the accounts list associated with my mnemonic. What is the problem?

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One solution that i can think of is to use the HDWalletProvider in your second script, instead of the HttpProvider

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