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Hardhat thirdweb Deploy Contract Extensions

Build your own NFT Collection with Solidity using thirdweb deploy and the thirdweb SDK

To create a new project using this template, use the thirdweb CLI:

npx thirdweb create --template hardhat-thirdweb-deploy-contract-extensions

Using this template

This template allows you to create an NFT Collection using Solidity and thirdweb.

Tools used in this template:
Run the Application:

To run the web application, change directories into application:

cd application

Then, run the development server:

npm install # Install dependencies first
npm run dev

Visit the application at http://localhost:3000/.

How to use this template

This template has two components:

  1. The smart contract development in the contract folder.
  2. The web application in the application folder.

The NFT Collection Smart Contract

Let's explore how the NFT Collection Smart Contract works in this template!

Our contract implements a base contract and also a contract extension::

  1. The ERC721Base base contract provides ERC-721A features.

  2. The PermissionEnumerable extension provides role-based restrictions on who can call specific functions.

As you can see in the contract definition:

import "@thirdweb-dev/contracts/base/ERC721Base.sol";
import "@thirdweb-dev/contracts/extension/PermissionsEnumerable.sol";

contract MyAwesomeNft is ERC721Base, PermissionsEnumerable {


By implementing these contract extensions, we unlock powerful features on the dashboard and the SDK!

Let's take a look at those now.

On The Dashboard

When we deploy our contract we unlock the NFTs tab!

This allows us to easily view all of the NFTs that have been minted into our contract, who owns them, as well as their metadata.

Not only that, we get a Mint button to create new NFTs into this contract!

This allows us to simply fill out a form with our NFT information, and mint that NFT on the dashboard, no code required. The metadata we upload is automatically uploaded and pinned to IPFS for us behind the scenes!

In the SDK

When we go to build out our web application, we can then mint an NFT in one line of code, thanks to this contract extension.

await, nftMetadata);

This one line will upload our NFT metadata to IPFS, and then mint the NFT on the blockchain.

In the SDK, we can query all NFTs that have been minted, and get their metadata, and who they are owned by in one line:

const nfts = await contract.nft.query.all();

Deploying the contract

To deploy the MyAwesomeNft contract, change directories into the contract folder:

cd contract

Use thirdweb deploy to deploy the contract:

npx thirdweb deploy

Complete the deployment flow by clicking the generated link and using the thirdweb dashboard to choose your network and configuration.

Using Your Contract

Inside the home page of the web application, connect to your smart contract inside the useContract hook:

// Get the smart contract by it's address
const { contract } = useContract("0x..."); // Your contract address here (from the thirdweb dashboard)

We configure the desired blockchain/network in the _app.js file; be sure to change this to the network you deployed your contract to.

// This is the chainId your dApp will work on.
const activeChainId = ChainId.Goerli;

Now we can easily call the functions of our NFT Collection contract that we enabled by implementing thirdweb's contract extensions.

Here, we are using the useNFTs hook to view all the NFTs in the contract, and the useMintNFT hook to mint a new NFT!

// Read the NFTs from the contract
const { data: nfts, isLoading: loading } = useNFTs(contract?.nft);

// Function to mint a new NFT
const { mutate: mintNft, isLoading: minting } = useMintNFT(contract?.nft);

With the help of a few other useful hooks such as useAddress and useNetwork, we first make sure they are connected to the correct blockchain/network. Then, we allow them to mint an NFT when they click the Mint NFT button.

async function mintAnNft() {
// Ensure they have a connected wallet
if (!address) {

// Make sure they're on the right network
if (isWrongNetwork) {

metadata: {
// Name of our NFT
name: "Yellow Star",
// Image of a gold star stored on IPFS
// Send it to the connected wallet address
to: address,

// When the transaction is confirmed, alert the user
onSuccess(data) {
alert(`🚀 Successfully Minted NFT!`);

Connecting to user wallets

To perform a "write" operation (a transaction on the blockchain), we need to have a connected wallet, so we can use their signer to sign the transaction.

To connect a user's wallet, we use one of thirdweb's wallet connection hooks. The SDK automatically detects the connected wallet and uses it to sign transactions. This works because our application is wrapped in the ThirdwebProvider, as seen in the _app.js file.

const address = useAddress();
const connectWithMetamask = useMetamask();

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