Use Engine as a relayer to sponsor gas for transactions on behalf of your users. Users sign a transaction with their own wallet (no gas required), and pay gas fees with an Engine backend wallet.

Removing the need for your users to get gas greatly improves the user experience and reach of your dApp.

Use cases

Enable users to claim, transfer, list, or burn NFTs with no gas. Learn more about gasless transactions.


*The target contract must trust a forwarder that implements the verify and execute methods, like thirdweb's default forwarder (0xd04f98c88ce1054c90022ee34d566b9237a1203c).

Allow calls to Engine from your domain (CORS)

  • Navigate to the Configuration section in the Engine dashboard.
  • Under Allowlisted Domains, enter your application domain(s).
    • Include local or development environments for testing.

Create a relayer

  • Navigate to the Explorer section in the Engine dashboard.
  • Select Add relayer.
  • Provide the following details:
    • Chain: The chain where contracts will be called.
    • Backend Wallet: The backend wallet that will submit meta-transactions to the forwarder. Ensure this wallet has sufficient gas funds.
    • Label: A descriptive name for this relayer.
    • Allowed Contracts: (Optional) A list of contract addresses this relayer is allowed to submit transactions to.
    • Allowed Forwarders: (Optional) A list of forwarder addresses this relayer is allowed to submit transactions to.

The relayer will be assigned a URL in this format: https://<engine_url>/relayer/<relayer_id>

Submit a meta transaction from your app frontend

Use the Connect SDK to prompt the user to sign transactions and send it this relayer.

First wrap your app with <ThirdwebProvider>:

import { ThirdwebProvider } from "thirdweb/react";
<YourApp />

Next prompt the user to connect a wallet. See ConnectButton for customization options.

import { ConnectButton } from "thirdweb/react";
<ConnectButton client={client} />;

This example will call the claim method on an NFT Drop contract:

function claim(address _receiver, uint256 _quantity, address _currency, uint256 _pricePerToken, AllowlistProof calldata _allowlistProof, bytes memory _data)

Render a <TransactionButton> to prepare a transaction to be relayed via Engine.

import { TransactionButton } from "thirdweb/react";
transaction={() => {
const contract = getContract({
address: NFT_ADDRESS,
return prepareContractCall({
method: resolveMethod("claim"),
params: [
// receiver
// quantity
// currency
// pricePerToken
// allowlistProof
proof: [],
quantityLimitPerWallet: 0n,
pricePerToken: 0n,
// data
onTransactionSent={(result) =>
console.log("Submitted:", result.transactionHash)
onTransactionConfirmed={(receipt) =>
console.log("Confirmed:", receipt.transactionHash)
onError={(error) => console.error("Error:", error)}
provider: "engine",
relayerUrl: RELAYER_URL, // e.g. https://<engine_url>/relayer/<relayer_id>
relayerForwarderAddress: FORWARDER_ADDRESS, // a trusted forwarder on the contract

Submit a meta transaction from your app backend (Advanced)

Alternatively submit transactions to your relayer from your backend. This approach allows you to apply server-side validation or business logic before submitting the transaction to be relayed.

  • Prompt the user to sign a transaction.

    • This step does not require gas.
    • The signature must match the format that the forwarder expects.
  • Call your backend with this signature.

  • Call Engine from your backend: POST https://<engine_url>/relayer/{relayer_id}