# Hardhat: Deploying a Smart Contract

Learn how to deploy a simple Solidity-based smart contract to Majestic StarChain using the Hardhat environment

Hardhat (opens new window) is a flexible development environment for building Ethereum-based smart contracts. It is designed with integrations and extensibility in mind.

# Install Dependencies

Before proceeding, you need to install Node.js (we'll use v16.x) and the npm package manager. You can download directly from Node.js (opens new window) or in your terminal:

You can verify that everything is installed correctly by querying the version for each package:

Copy $ node -v ... $ npm -v ...

# Create Hardhat Project

To create a new project, navigate to your project directory and run:

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Following the prompts should create a new project structure in your directory. Consult the Hardhat config page (opens new window) for a list of configuration options to specify in hardhat.config.js. Most importantly, you should set the defaultNetwork entry to point to your desired JSON-RPC network:

To ensure you are targeting the correct network, you can query for a list of accounts available to you from your default network provider:

Copy $ npx hardhat accounts 0xf39Fd6e51aad88F6F4ce6aB8827279cffFb92266 0x70997970C51812dc3A010C7d01b50e0d17dc79C8 0x3C44CdDdB6a900fa2b585dd299e03d12FA4293BC 0x90F79bf6EB2c4f870365E785982E1f101E93b906 ...

# Deploying a Smart Contract

You will see that a default smart contract, written in Solidity, has already been provided under contracts/Greeter.sol:

Copy pragma solidity ^0.8.0; import "hardhat/console.sol"; contract Greeter { string private greeting; constructor(string memory _greeting) { console.log("Deploying a Greeter with greeting:", _greeting); greeting = _greeting; } function greet() public view returns (string memory) { return greeting; } function setGreeting(string memory _greeting) public { console.log("Changing greeting from '%s' to '%s'", greeting, _greeting); greeting = _greeting; } }

This contract allows you to set and query a string greeting. Hardhat also provides a script to deploy smart contracts to a target network; this can be invoked via the following command, targeting your default network:

Copy npx hardhat run scripts/sample-script.js

Hardhat also lets you manually specify a target network via the --network <your-network> flag:

Finally, try running a Hardhat test:

Copy $ npx hardhat test Compiling 1 file with 0.8.4 Compilation finished successfully Greeter Deploying a Greeter with greeting: Hello, world! Changing greeting from 'Hello, world!' to 'Hola, mundo!' ✓ Should return the new greeting once it's changed (803ms) 1 passing (805ms)