Using Hardhat

What is Hardhat

Hardhat is a development environment to compile, deploy, test, and debug your smart contract.

Setting up the development environment

There are a few technical requirements before we start. Please install the following: Requirements:


There are a few technical requirements before we start. Please install the following: Requirements:

First, you need to create an empty project npm init --yes

Once your project is ready, you should run

npm install --save-dev hardhat
It's recommeded to install some dependencies.

npm install --save-dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle ethereum-waffle chai @nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers ethers
To use your local installation of Hardhat, you need to use npx to run it (i.e. npx hardhat).

Create A Project

To create your Hardhat project run npx hardhat in your project folder:

mkdir MegaCoin
cd MegaCoin
  • Intialize your project:
$ npx hardhat
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Welcome to Hardhat v2.0.8

? What do you want to do? …
❯ Create a sample project
  Create an empty hardhat.config.js

Once this project is initialized, you'll now have a project structure with the following items:

  • contracts/: Directory for Solidity contracts
  • scripts/: Directory for scriptable deployment files
  • test/: Directory for test files for testing your application and contracts
  • hardhat-config.js: Hardhat configuration file

Create Contract

You can write your own smart contract or download the BEP20 token smart contract template.

Config Hardhat for BSC

  • Go to hardhat.config.js
  • Update the config with bsc-network-crendentials.
const { mnemonic } = require('./secrets.json');

// This is a sample Hardhat task. To learn how to create your own go to
task("accounts", "Prints the list of accounts", async () => {
  const accounts = await ethers.getSigners();

  for (const account of accounts) {

// You need to export an object to set up your config
// Go to to learn more

 * @type import('hardhat/config').HardhatUserConfig
module.exports = {
  defaultNetwork: "mainnet",
  networks: {
    localhost: {
      url: ""
    hardhat: {
    testnet: {
      url: "",
      chainId: 97,
      gasPrice: 20000000000,
      accounts: {mnemonic: mnemonic}
    mainnet: {
      url: "",
      chainId: 56,
      gasPrice: 20000000000,
      accounts: {mnemonic: mnemonic}
  solidity: {
  version: "0.5.16",
  settings: {
    optimizer: {
      enabled: true
  paths: {
    sources: "./contracts",
    tests: "./test",
    cache: "./cache",
    artifacts: "./artifacts"
  mocha: {
    timeout: 20000


It requires mnemonic to be passed in for Provider, this is the seed phrase for the account you'd like to deploy from. Create a new .secret file in root directory and enter your 12 word mnemonic seed phrase to get started. To get the seedwords from metamask wallet you can go to Metamask Settings, then from the menu choose Security and Privacy where you will see a button that says reveal seed words.

Compile Contract

To compile a Hardhat project, change to the root of the directory where the project is located and then type the following into a terminal:

npx hardhat compile

Deploying on BSC Network

Run this command in root of the project directory:

$  npx hardhat run --network testnet scripts/deploy.js

Remember your address, transaction_hash and other details provided would differ, Above is just to provide an idea of structure.

Congratulations! You have successfully deployed BEP20 Smart Contract. Now you can interact with the Smart Contract.

You can check the deployment status here: or