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Deploying Smart Contracts using Forge in Foundry

What is Foundry?

Foundry is a toolset for Ethereum development written in Rust that assists developers in managing dependencies, compiling projects, running tests, deploying contracts, and interacting with blockchains through the command line interface. Additionally, Foundry can directly communicate with Manta Pacific's Ethereum API, enabling the use of Foundry to deploy smart contracts into the Manta Pacific network.

Getting Started with Foundry

  1. Install Foundry

    • Linux or MacOS

      curl -L | bash

    • Windows

      curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

      cargo install --git foundry-cli anvil --bins --locked
  2. Create a project

    forge init foundry
  3. Navigate to the Source in the project and create your smart contract

    cd src
    touch MyToken.sol
  4. Input your smart contract or use the sample contract below.

    // SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT
    // compiler version must be greater than or equal to 0.8.17 and less than 0.9.0
    pragma solidity ^0.8.17;

    contract HelloWorld {
    string public greet = "Hello World!";
  5. Install OpenZeppelin contracts as a dependency

    forge install OpenZeppelin/openzeppelin-contracts
  6. Compile contract

    forge build

Deploying your Smart Contract

Deploying a contract with Forge is a simple process that can be done with a single command. However, it requires an RPC endpoint, a private key that has funds, and any arguments for the constructor of the contract.

For example, the MyToken.sol contract requires an initial supply of tokens to be specified in its constructor, so the command to deploy it on a network will include the argument of 100.

To deploy the MyToken.sol contract, use the command that corresponds to the Manta Pacific chain's RPC URL while running the forge create command:

    forge create --rpc-url "RPC URL" //Insert your RPC URL here
--constructor-args 100 \
--private-key YOUR_PRIVATE_KEY \