EVM Smart Contracts
Hardhat: Deploy Smart Contract

Hardhat: Deploy EVM Smart Contract

Hardhat (opens new window)is a flexible development environment for building Ethereum-based smart contracts. It is designed with integrations and extensibility in mind.

Setting up the development environment

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

npm install --save-dev hardhat

Create Hardhat Project

Let’s create the sample project and go through these steps to try out the sample task and compile, test and deploy the sample contract.

  • Following the prompts should create a new project structure in your directory
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    Welcome to Hardhat v2.9.9
    ? What do you want to do? ...
    > Create a basic sample project
    Create an advanced sample project
    Create an advanced sample project that uses TypeScript
    Create an empty hardhat.config.js
  • Configure network options in hardhat.config.js
module.exports = {
    defaultNetwork: "aioz_testnet",
    networks: {
        hardhat: {
        aioz_testnet: {
            url: "",
            accounts: [privateKeyDeployer] // Add your private key of deployer in here
    solidity: {
        version: "0.8.4",

You need to configure Network RPC and owner account private key to deploy smart contract

Write a Smart Contract

Create a new smart contract HelloAIOZ.sol in folder /contracts with below source code:

// SPDX-License-Identifier: Unlicense
// Specifies that the source code is for a version of Solidity greater than 0.6.8
pragma solidity ^0.8.0;
contract HelloAIOZ {
    // The public variables, which can be accessible from outside a contract
    string public status;
    constructor(string memory initStatus) {
        // setting `status` to initial value
        status = initStatus;
    // A publicly accessible function to updates `status`
    function update(string memory newStatus) public {
        status = newStatus;

This is the most basic smart contract on Solidity, the smart contract stores the status message and let everyone on the blockchain to read/update status.

Compile Smart Contract

This command will compile all smart contracts in /contracts folder.

npx hardhat compile

Deploying on AIOZ Network Testnet

Create deploy script file deploy_helloaioz.js in scripts folder, source code as below:

const hre = require("hardhat");
async function main() {
  // We get the contract to deploy
  const Contract = await ethers.getContractFactory("HelloAIOZ");
  const dContract = await Contract.deploy("Hello, Hardhat!");
  await dContract.deployed();
  console.log("HelloAIOZ deployed to:", dContract.address);
  .then(() => process.exit(0))
  .catch((error) => {

Run this command in root of the project directory:

npx hardhat run scripts/deploy_helloaioz.js --network aioz_testnet

Contract will be deployed successfully on AIOZ Network Testnet, it will display output as follow:

HelloAIOZ deployed to: 0xBd3065C31bfDC8AA2983E41ef02AdDF12DfE6710

You can check the deployment status here: (opens in a new tab)