Deploy a Smart Contract on Canto Blockchain

Deploy a Smart Contract on Canto Blockchain - thirdweb Guides

This guide will show you how to deploy any smart contract to the Canto network.

By the end, you'll learn how to create a simple Edition Drop smart contract, deploy it to the Canto Testnet, and mint an NFT on the smart contract.

Let's get started!

What is Canto?

Canto is a permissionless general-purpose blockchain running the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). It was built to deliver on the promise of DeFi – that through a post-traditional financial movement, new systems will be made accessible, transparent, decentralized, and free.

Create a smart contract on Canto

To begin, head to the Contracts page in your thirdweb Dashboard and hit "Deploy new contract":

deploy new contract

You will be taken to our Explore page — where you can browse smart contracts built by the top protocols in web3 and deploy them in just a few clicks!

Note: You can also use the thirdweb CLI to set up a smart contract environment by running the below command from your terminal:

npx thirdweb create contract

This will take you through an easy-to-follow flow of steps for you to create your contract. Learn more about this in our CLI guide.

Otherwise, let's get back to Explore:

thirdweb explore page

Here, select your smart contract of choice. For this guide, we're going to use the Edition Drop (ERC1155) contract to create our NFT collection:

thirdweb's NFT Drop Contract

Set up your smart contract with an image, name, description, etc., and configure which wallet address will receive the funds from primary and secondary sales:

Populate metadata of your contract

Our smart contracts are deployable to any EVM chain, so let's deploy this to the Canto Testnet!

Add the Canto Testnet network to your dashboard & wallet

To deploy a smart contract to Canto we first need to add it as a network to the Dashboard.

To do this, click on the chain dropdown.

Search for "Canto" and select Canto Testnet:

Search for "Canto" and select Canto testnet

Once you have selected the network. This will prompt you to switch your network to Canto Testnet.

Switch to Canto testnet

Now, let's deploy the smart contract on the Canto Testnet! But before that, we need testnet funds.

Get Canto Testnet funds in your wallet

Once you have added the Canto Testnet to your wallet, we can request funds from the Canto Testnet Faucet. So, go to the faucet, paste in your address and click on "Request Funds":

Go to canto testnet faucet and click on request funds

Once you click on request funds you should receive this dialogue box saying transaction successful:

Transaction successful - Canto faucet

If you go ahead and check your wallet, you will see that the funds have arrived in your wallet:

funds arrived in wallet

Deploying the contract on Canto

Now that you have your testnet funds, let's go back to the thirdweb Dashboard where we were building our Edition Drop contract.

We have already filled out the metadata so click on "Deploy Now" after selecting the chain. It will prompt a transaction, you have to approve that.

Deploy the smart contract to canto

And you're done! You have just deployed to the Canto Testnet.

Calling Smart Contract Functions

Let's see how we can use the smart contract by calling some functions on it, such as minting an NFT into our collection!

From the Explorer tab, you can view all of the available functions on your smart contract and execute them directly from your connected wallet:

Calling the Read name function from Explorer

Setting Up Our NFT Collection

In our example, we created an Edition drop smart contract, so we'll quickly set it up and mint our first NFT by performing the following steps:

  1. Lazy mint some NFTs.
  2. Configuring our claim conditions.
  3. Mint an NFT from the drop!
We won't go into too much detail about this process in this guide, check out our other Edition Drop Guides for more information!

Once we've set up our NFTs, we can click the Claim button in the NFTs tab to mint our first NFT, and voilà! We just minted an NFT on the Avalanche Fuji Testnet!

Claimed NFT

What's Next?

Now that you've deployed your smart contract, you can use our SDK to build a web3 application! Where users can connect their wallets and interact with the functions of your smart contracts. Learn more from our guide below:

Wrapping up

In this guide, you've learned how to create a simple Edition Drop smart contract, deploy it to the Canto Testnet, and mint an NFT on the smart contract. We hope it was helpful!

If you have any questions jump into the thirdweb Discord and join 32,000+ other builders! And if you're looking to build on Canto and want to learn more about how to do that with thirdweb's tools, reach out to the team directly. Please let us know if you have any feature requests or guide requests here.