Use Foundry with Dijets Utility Chain


This guide shows how to deploy and interact with smart contracts using foundry on a local Dijets Utility Chain running on a local test network.

Foundry toolchain is a smart contract development toolchain written in Rust. It manages your dependencies, compiles your project, runs tests, deploys, and lets you interact with the chain from the command-line.


  • You have installed Foundry. This installation includes the forge and cast binaries used in this walk-through.

DijetsNodeGo and Dijets Network Runner#

DijetsNodeGo is a Dijets node implementation written in Go.

Dijets Network Runner is a tool to quickly deploy local test networks. Together, you can deploy local test networks and run tests on them.

Start a local five node Dijets network:

cd /path/to/dijets-up
# start a five node staking network
./go run examples/local/fivenodenetwork/main.go


A five node Dijets network is running on your machine. Network will run until you Ctrl + C to exit.

Getting Started#

This section will walk you through creating an ERC721 Token.


ERC721 is a standard for representing ownership of non-fungible tokens, that is, where each token is unique.

Clone Dijets Smart Contracts Guide Repo#

Clone the quickstart repository and install the necessary packages via yarn.

git clone https://github.com/Dijets-Inc/dijets-smart-contracts-guide.git
cd dijets-smart-contracts-guide

In order to deploy contracts, you need to have some test DJTX in your wallet. You can get testnet DJTX from Dijets Faucet, that transfers a small amount of test DJTX tokens for you to play around with.

Write Contracts#

We’ll use a sample ERC721 contract to track items in our game, which will each have their own unique attributes. Whenever one is to be awarded to a player, it will be minted and sent to them. Players are free to keep their token or trade it with other people as they see fit, as they would any other asset on the blockchain The smart contract is in the repo we cloned earlier for this example GameNFT.sol found in ./contracts folder.

//SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT
// contracts/ERC721.sol

pragma solidity >=0.6.2;

import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Counters.sol";

contract GameNFT is ERC721 {
  using Counters for Counters.Counter;
  Counters.Counter private _tokenIds;

  constructor() ERC721("GameItem", "GMT") {}

  // commented out unused variable
  // function awardItem(address player, string memory tokenURI)
  function awardItem(address player)
    returns (uint256)

    uint256 newItemId = _tokenIds.current();
    _mint(player, newItemId);
    // _setTokenURI(newItemId, tokenURI);

    return newItemId;

Let's examine this implementation of an NFT as a Game Item. We start by importing to contracts from our node modules. We import OpenZeppelin's open source implementation of the ERC721 standard which our NFT contract will inherit from. Our constructor takes the _name and _symbol arguments for our NFT and passes them on to the constructor of the parent ERC721 implementation. Lastly we implement the awardItem function which allows anyone to mint an NFT to a player's wallet address. This function increments the currentTokenId and makes use of the _mint function of our parent contract.

Compile & Deploy with Forge#

Forge is a command-line tool that ships with Foundry. Forge tests, builds, and deploys your smart contracts.

To compile the NFT contract run:

forge build

By default the compiler output will be in the out directory. To deploy our compiled contract with Forge we need to:

  1. Set environment variables for the RPC endpoint.
  2. Specify the private key with test DJTX to deploy the contract.

Set your environment variables by running:


Since we are deploying to a local testnet, our RPC_URL export should be:

export RPC_URL=

Once set, you can deploy your NFT with Forge by running the command below while adding the values for _name and _symbol, the relevant constructor arguments of the NFT contract:

forge create NFT --rpc-url=$RPC_URL --private-key=$PRIVATE_KEY --constructor-args GameItem GMT

Upon successful deployment, you will see the deploying wallet's address, the contract's address as well as the transaction hash printed in our terminal.

Here's an example output from an NFT deployment.

[⠔] Compiling...
No files changed, compilation skipped
Deployer: 0x8db97C7cEcE249c2b98bDC0226Cc4C2A57BF52FC
Deployed to: 0x52c84043cd9c865236f11d9fc9f56aa003c1f922
Transaction hash: 0xf35c40dbbdc9e4298698ad1cb9937195e5a5e74e557bab1970a5dfd42a32f533

Note: Please store your Deployed to address for use in the next section.

Using Cast to Interact with the Smart Contract#

We can call functions on our NFT contract with Cast, Foundry's command-line tool for interacting with smart contracts, sending transactions, and getting chain data. In this scenario, we will mint a Game Item to a player's wallet using the awardItem function in our smart contract.

Mint an NFT from your contract by replacing <NFT-CONTRACT-ADDRESS> with your Deployed to address and <NFT-RECIPIENT-ADDRESS> with an address of your choice.


This section assumes that you have already set your RPC and private key env variables during deployment_

cast send --rpc-url=$RPC_URL  <NFT-CONTRACT-ADDRESS> "awardItem(address)" <NFT-RECIPIENT-ADDRESS> --private-key=$PRIVATE_KEY

Upon successful completion, the command line will display the transaction data.

blockHash               0x1d9b0364fe002eeddd0e32be0c27d6797c63dffb51fe555ea446357759e6a6f8
blockNumber             3312
cumulativeGasUsed       90837
effectiveGasPrice       28000000000
gasUsed                 90837
logs                    [{"address":"0x45857b942723fff8ee7acd2b1d6515d9965c16e5","topics":["0xddf252ad1be2c89b69c2b068fc378daa952ba7f163c4a11628f55a4df523b3ef","0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000","0x000000000000000000000000845095a03a6686e24b90fed55e11f4ec808b1ab3","0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001"],"data":"0x","blockHash":"0x1d9b0364fe002eeddd0e32be0c27d6797c63dffb51fe555ea446357759e6a6f8","blockNumber":"0xa37d50","transactionHash":"0x4651ae041a481a6eeb852e5300e9be48e66a1d2332733df22d8e75cf460b0c2c","transactionIndex":"0x0","logIndex":"0x0","removed":false}]
logsBloom               0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000040000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000040000000000000000000000000008010000000000000000040000000000000000000000000000020000040000000000000800000000002000000000000010000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000800000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000002000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000060080000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
status                  1
transactionHash         0x4651ae041a481a6eeb852e5300e9be48e66a1d2332733df22d8e75cf460b0c2c
transactionIndex        0
type                    2

Thats it! You just minted your first NFT from your contract using Cast from Foundry. You can check the owner of tokenId 1 by running the cast call command below:

cast call --rpc-url=$RPC_URL --private-key=$PRIVATE_KEY <NFT-CONTRACT-ADDRESS> "ownerOf(uint256)" 1

The address you provided above should be returned as the owner.


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