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ChainIDE is a chain agnostic, cloud-based IDE for creating decentralized applications. It enhances development cycle through pre-configured plugins that save users’ time and effort. This is a beginner guide on creating and deploying a simple ERC-721 smart contract on the Polygon Mumbai Testnet.


  1. ChainIDE
  2. MetaMask
  3. Solidity

What you will do

The following are general steps for deploying an ERC-721 smart contract:

  1. Set up a wallet
  2. Write down an ERC-721 smart contract
  3. Compile an ERC-721 Smart Contract
  4. Deploy an ERC-721 Smart Contract
  5. Create a Flattened File using Flattener Library
  6. Verify a Smart Contract
  7. NFT Minting

Setting up a Wallet

Install MetaMask

A gas fee must be paid when deploying a smart contract on the blockchain or making a transaction to a deployed smart contract, and we must do so using a crypto wallet, such as MetaMask. To download MetaMask, click here.

Adding the Mumbai testnet

After installing MetaMask, you need to add the Polygon Mumbai Testnet to MetaMask. In order to add Mumbai Testnet, check out the configuration guide for MetaMask.

Obtaining MATIC tokens on Testnet

After adding the Mumbai testnet on MetaMask, visit the Polygon Faucet to request testnet tokens. These tokens are required to pay gas fees in order to deploy and interact with the smart contract. On the faucet page, select Mumbai as the network, MATIC as the token, and paste your MetaMask wallet address. Then, click Submit and the faucet will send you some test MATIC within a minute.

Write an ERC-721 Smart Contract

You need to write down all the required functions that you want to implement in your ERC-721 smart contract. A general ERC-721 smart contract has the following functions:

  • balanceOf(): returns the number of NFTs held by the owner.
  • ownerOf(): returns the address of the token holder.
  • approve(): approves the permission to transfer tokens on the owner’s behalf. Approval event needs to be triggered after the method is successful.
  • setApprovalForAll(): Sets the approval of a given operator, and the approvalforall event needs to be triggered after success.
  • getApproved() : Get the approved address for a single NFT.
  • isApprovedForAll(): Query if an address is an authorized operator for another address.
  • safeTransferFrom(): To transfer the ownership of an NFT, a successful transfer operation must initiate a transfer event.
  • transferFrom(): Used to transfer NFTs. After the method succeeds, it needs to trigger the transfer event. The caller confirms he can receive NFT normally, otherwise, this NFT will be lost. When this function is implemented, it needs to check whether it meets the judgment conditions.

The ChainIDE team has prepared a complete ERC-721 template contract that includes all the required functions; you may use this built-in template and add/delete functions according to your requirements.

Visit the ChainIDE site and click on Try Now.

Then, click on New Project and select Polygon. You will be presented with a list of available public templates. Select ERC721 Showcase.

Now, you can see the template contract, Creature.sol, that includes all the required functions.

After creating the project, click on the Unconnected button in the upper right corner, select the Injected Web3 Provider button, and then click on MetaMask to connect your wallet (Polygon Mainnet is the main network, and Mumbai is the test network - connect to Mumbai).

Compile an ERC-721 Smart Contract

After you have completed your smart contract, it is time to compile it. To compile, navigate to “compile the module”, choose an appropriate compiler according to your source code, and press the “compile” button. An ABI and bytecode for the source code are generated upon successful compilation. If there are any errors in your source code, they will be displayed in the “Logger module” under the output panel. You may need to carefully read the error, resolve it, and recompile the contract.


Note down the compiler version and the license for your source code. It would be needed when you Verify your smart contract on the Polygon Mumbai Testnet.

Deploy an ERC-721 Smart Contract

After successful compilation, it’s time to deploy your compiled ERC-721 smart contract to the Polygon Mumbai Testnet. Before you deploy, you need to have MetaMask installed, the Mumbai test network added to your wallet, and some testnet MATIC tokens to pay for the transaction fees.

Navigate to the Deploy & Interaction module and choose among the compiled smart contract. Select the smart contract you want to deploy and click the Deploy button. For this tutorial, the GameItem smart contract will be deployed.

Check Functions from the Deployed Contract

After successful deployment, an output message should state that your smart contract was deployed successfully. You can now verify the deployed contract. All the functions in the deployed smart contract can be seen in the INTERACT panel.

Create a Flattened File using Flattener Library

To verify a smart contract that imports other smart contracts, we need to create a flattened file. A flattened file includes all the source codes of imported contracts in a single file. To create a flattened file, you need to add a Flattener plug-in.

Once the Flattener plug-in is activated, you’ll be able to access it as a separate module as shown in the figure below. Choose the compiled file, and click on the Flatten button to create a flattened file. Once the flattened file is created, it will be automatically copied to the clipboard. You may paste it into a file and save it for later usage.

If you want to save the flattened file, click the Save button, and a flattened file will be saved in the current repository.

The saved flattened file can be accessed under the explorer module.

Verify a Smart Contract

To verify a smart contract, you need to visit Mumbai Polygonscan, and search for the deployed smart contract using the contract address.

Click on the Verify and Publish link shown under the contract section.

Once you click on the verify and publish link, you will be asked for the following:

  • Contract Address: The address of a deployed smart contract that you want to verify
  • Compiler Type: Either you want to verify a single file or multiple files
  • Compiler Version: The compiler version that you used to compile the smart contract
  • License: Open-source license type that you used for your source code

After that, you need to paste the flattened file that you created in step 5, and your smart contract will be verified.

If there are no issues with your smart contract, it would be verified, and you’ll be able to see an image similar to the one that is shown below.

Minting NFT

To mint an NFT, you need to use the Award Item function, the wallet address of someone to whom you want to award an NFT, and the link of the photo uploaded to IPFS to be pasted in the token URL input field.

After successful minting, you can check the minted NFT on the OpenSea NFT marketplace. Visit OpenSea Testnet, connect your MetaMask wallet and make sure the selected network is Polygon Mumbai Testnet, and you’ll be able to see and trade the minted NFT on the OpenSea NFT marketplace.

Congratulations! You have successfully minted an NFT on Polygon using ChainIDE.

Last update: February 5, 2024
Authors: kmurphypolygon (1.29%), Nadim Kobeissi (98.71%)