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Dapp Development Frameworks

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Introduction to frameworks

Building a full-fledged dapp requires different pieces of technology. Software frameworks include many of the needed features or provide easy plugin systems to pick the tools you desire.

Frameworks come with a lot of out-of-the-box functionality, like:

  • Features to spin up a local blockchain instance.
  • Utilities to compile and test your smart contracts.
  • Client development add-ons to build your user-facing application within the same project/repository.
  • Configuration to connect to Ethereum networks and deploy contracts, whether to a locally running instance, or one of Ethereum's public networks.
  • Decentralized app distribution - integrations with storage options like IPFS.

Prerequisites

Before diving into frameworks, we recommend you first read through our introduction to dapps and the Ethereum stack.

Available frameworks

Truffle - A development environment, testing framework, build pipeline, and other tools.

  • trufflesuite.com
  • GitHub

Hardhat - Ethereum development environment for professionals.

Ape - The smart contract development tool for Pythonistas, Data Scientists, and Security Professionals.

Brownie - Python-based development environment and testing framework.

Embark - A development environment, testing framework, and other tools integrated with Ethereum, IPFS, and Whisper.

Web3j - A platform for developing blockchain applications on the JVM.

OpenZeppelin SDK - The Ultimate Smart Contract Toolkit: A suite of tools to help you develop, compile, upgrade, deploy and interact with smart contracts.

Create Eth App - Create Ethereum-powered apps with one command. Comes with a wide offering of UI frameworks and DeFi templates to choose from.

Scaffold-Eth - Ethers.js + Hardhat + React components and hooks for web3: everything you need to get started building decentralized applications powered by smart contracts.

The Graph - The Graph for querying blockchain data efficiently.

Alchemy - Ethereum Development Platform.

Foundry - A blazing fast, portable and modular toolkit for Ethereum application development written in Rust.

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Website last updated: December 8, 2022

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