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Create and deploy a DeFi App

In this tutorial we will build a DeFi Application with Solidity where users can deposit an ERC20 token to the smart contract and it will mint and transfer Farm Tokens to them. The users can later withdraw their ERC20 tokens by burning their Farm Token on smart contract and the ERC20 tokens will be transferred back to them.

Install Truffle and Ganache

If this is the first time you are writing a smart contract, you will need to set up your environment. We are going to use two tools: Truffle and Ganache.

Truffle is a development environment and testing framework for developing smart contracts for Ethereum. With Truffle it is easy to build and deploy smart contracts to the blockchain. Ganache allows us to create a local Ethereum blockchain in order to test smart contracts. It simulates the features of the real network and the first 10 accounts are funded with 100 test Ether, thus making the smart contract deployment and testing free and easy. Ganache is available as a desktop application and a command-line tool. For this article we will be using the UI desktop application.

Ganache UI desktop applicationGanache UI desktop application

To create the project, run the following commands

mkdir your-project-name
cd your-project-name
truffle init

This will create a blank project for the development and deployment of our smart contracts. The created project structure is the following:

  • contracts: Folder for the solidity smart contracts

  • migrations: Folder for the deployment scripts

  • test: Folder for testing our smart contracts

  • truffle-config.js: Truffle configuration file

Create the ERC20 Token

First we need to create our ERC20 token that we will use to stake on the smart contract. To create our fungible token, we will first need to install the OpenZeppelin library. This library contains the implementations of standards such as the ERC20 and the ERC721. To install it, run the command:

npm install @openzeppelin/contracts

Using the OpenZeppelin library we can create our ERC20 token called MyToken with the following solidity code:

1pragma solidity ^0.6.2;
3import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC20/ERC20.sol";
5contract MyToken is ERC20 {
6 constructor() public ERC20("MyToken", "MTKN"){
7 _mint(msg.sender, 1000000000000000000000000);
8 }
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In the code above on:

  • Line 3: We import the contract ERC20.sol from openzeppelin that contains the implementation for this token standard.

  • Line 5: We inherit from the ERC20.sol contract.

  • Line 6: We are calling the ERC20.sol constructor and passing for the name and symbol parameters as "MyToken" and "MTKN" respectively.

  • Line 7: We are minting and transferring 1 million tokens for the account that is deploying the smart contract (we are using the default 18 decimals for the ERC20 token, that means that if we want to mint 1 token, you will represent it as 1000000000000000000, 1 with 18 zeros).

We can see below the ERC20.sol constructor implementation where the _decimals field is set to 18:

1string private _name;
2string private _symbol;
3uint8 private _decimals;
5constructor (string memory name_, string memory symbol_) public {
6 _name = name_;
7 _symbol = symbol_;
8 _decimals = 18;
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Compile the ERC20 Token

To compile our smart contract, we must first check our solidity compiler version. You can check that by running the command:

truffle version

The default version is the Solidity v0.5.16. Since our token is written using the solidity version 0.6.2, if we run the command to compile our contracts we will get a compiler error. In order to specify which solidity compiler version to use, go to the file truffle-config.js and set to the desired compiler version as seen below:

1// Configure your compilers
2compilers: {
3 solc: {
4 version: "0.6.2", // Fetch exact version from solc-bin (default: truffle's version)
5 // docker: true, // Use "0.5.1" you've installed locally with docker (default: false)
6 // settings: { // See the solidity docs for advice about optimization and evmVersion
7 // optimizer: {
8 // enabled: false,
9 // runs: 200
10 // },
11 // evmVersion: "byzantium"
12 // }
13 }
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Now we can compile our smart contract by running the following command:

truffle compile

Deploy ERC20 Token

After compiling, we can now deploy our token.

On the migrations folder, create a file called 2_deploy_Tokens.js. This file is where we will deploy both our ERC20 Token and our FarmToken smart contract. The code below is used to deploy our MyToken.sol contract:

1const MyToken = artifacts.require("MyToken")
3module.exports = async function (deployer, network, accounts) {
4 // Deploy MyToken
5 await deployer.deploy(MyToken)
6 const myToken = await MyToken.deployed()

Open Ganache and select the option "Quickstart" to start a local Ethereum blockchain. To deploy our contract, run:

truffle migrate

The address used to deploy our contracts is the first one from the list of addresses that Ganache shows us. To verify that, we can open the Ganache desktop application and we can verify that the balance of Ether for the first account has been reduced due to the cost of Ether to deploy our smart contracts:

Ganache desktop applicationGanache desktop application

To verify that 1 million MyToken tokens have been sent to the deployer address, we can use the Truffle Console to interact with our deployed smart contract.

Truffle Console is a a basic interactive console connecting to any Ethereum client.

In order to interact with our smart contract, run the following command:

truffle console

Now we can write the following commands in the terminal:

  • Get the smart contract: myToken = await MyToken.deployed()

  • Get the array of accounts from Ganache: accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts()

  • Get the balance for the first account: balance = await myToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])

  • Format the balance from 18 decimals: web3.utils.fromWei(balance.toString())

By running the commands above, we will see that the first address has in fact 1 million MyTokens:

First address has 1000000 MyTokens

First address has 1000000 MyTokens

Create FarmToken Smart Contract

The FarmToken smart contract will have 3 functions:

  • balance(): Get the MyToken balance on the FarmToken smart contract.

  • deposit(uint256 _amount): Transfer MyToken on behalf of the user to the FarmToken smart contract then mint and transfer FarmToken to the user.

  • withdraw(uint256 _amount): Burn user's FarmTokens and transfer MyTokens to the user's address.

Let's look at the FarmToken constructor:

1pragma solidity ^0.6.2;
3import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC20/IERC20.sol";
4import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Address.sol";
5import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC20/SafeERC20.sol";
6import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC20/ERC20.sol";
8contract FarmToken is ERC20 {
9 using Address for address;
10 using SafeMath for uint256;
11 using SafeERC20 for IERC20;
13 IERC20 public token;
15 constructor(address _token)
16 public
17 ERC20("FarmToken", "FRM")
18 {
19 token = IERC20(_token);
20 }
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  • Lines 3-6: We are importing the following contracts from openzeppelin: IERC20.sol, Address.sol, SafeERC20.sol and ERC20.sol.

  • Line 8: The FarmToken will inherit from the ERC20 contract.

  • Lines 14-19: The FarmToken constructor will receive as parameter the address of MyToken contract and we will assign its contract to our public variable called token.

Let's implement the balance() function. It will receive no parameters and it will return the balance of MyToken on this smart contract. It is implemented as shown below:

1function balance() public view returns (uint256) {
2 return token.balanceOf(address(this));
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For the deposit(uint256 _amount) function, it will receive as parameter the amount the user wants to deposit and it will mint and transfer FarmTokens to the user:

1function deposit(uint256 _amount) public {
2 // Amount must be greater than zero
3 require(_amount > 0, "amount cannot be 0");
5 // Transfer MyToken to smart contract
6 token.safeTransferFrom(msg.sender, address(this), _amount);
8 // Mint FarmToken to msg sender
9 _mint(msg.sender, _amount);
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For the withdraw(uint256 _amount) function, we will receive as parameter the amount of FarmTokens the user wants to burn and then transfer the same amount of MyTokens back to the user:

1function withdraw(uint256 _amount) public {
2 // Burn FarmTokens from msg sender
3 _burn(msg.sender, _amount);
5 // Transfer MyTokens from this smart contract to msg sender
6 token.safeTransfer(msg.sender, _amount);
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Now we will deploy our smart contract. To do so, we will go back to the file 2_deploy_Tokens.js and add the new contract to be deployed:

1const MyToken = artifacts.require("MyToken")
2const FarmToken = artifacts.require("FarmToken")
4module.exports = async function (deployer, network, accounts) {
5 // Deploy MyToken
6 await deployer.deploy(MyToken)
7 const myToken = await MyToken.deployed()
9 // Deploy Farm Token
10 await deployer.deploy(FarmToken, myToken.address)
11 const farmToken = await FarmToken.deployed()
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Note that when deploying the FarmToken, we pass as parameter the address of the deployed MyToken contract.

Now, run truffle compile and truffle migrate to deploy our contracts.

Let's test our smart contract. Instead of using the truffle console to interact with our smart contract, we will create a script to automate this process. Create a folder called scripts and add the following file getMyTokenBalance.js. It will check the balance of MyTokens on the FarmToken smart contract:

1const MyToken = artifacts.require("MyToken")
2const FarmToken = artifacts.require("FarmToken")
4module.exports = async function (callback) {
5 myToken = await MyToken.deployed()
6 farmToken = await FarmToken.deployed()
7 balance = await myToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
8 console.log(web3.utils.fromWei(balance.toString()))
9 callback()
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To execute this script, run the following cli command:

truffle exec .\scripts\getMyTokenBalance.js

We will get the expected result that is 0.

Now, let's stake the MyToken to the smart contract. Since the function deposit(uint256 _amount) calls the function safeTransferFrom from the ERC20, the user must first approve the smart contract to transfer MyToken on the user's behalf. So on the script below, we will first approve this step then we will call the function:

1const MyToken = artifacts.require("MyToken")
2const FarmToken = artifacts.require("FarmToken")
4module.exports = async function (callback) {
5 const accounts = await new web3.eth.getAccounts()
6 const myToken = await MyToken.deployed()
7 const farmToken = await FarmToken.deployed()
9 // Returns the remaining number of tokens that spender will be allowed to spend on behalf of owner through transferFrom.
10 // This is zero by default.
11 const allowanceBefore = await myToken.allowance(
12 accounts[0],
13 farmToken.address
14 )
15 console.log(
16 "Amount of MyToken FarmToken is allowed to transfer on our behalf Before: " +
17 allowanceBefore.toString()
18 )
20 // In order to allow the Smart Contract to transfer to MyToken (ERC-20) on the accounts[0] behalf,
21 // we must explicitly allow it.
22 // We allow farmToken to transfer x amount of MyToken on our behalf
23 await myToken.approve(farmToken.address, web3.utils.toWei("100", "ether"))
25 // Validate that the farmToken can now move x amount of MyToken on our behalf
26 const allowanceAfter = await myToken.allowance(accounts[0], farmToken.address)
27 console.log(
28 "Amount of MyToken FarmToken is allowed to transfer on our behalf After: " +
29 allowanceAfter.toString()
30 )
32 // Verify accounts[0] and farmToken balance of MyToken before and after the transfer
33 balanceMyTokenBeforeAccounts0 = await myToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
34 balanceMyTokenBeforeFarmToken = await myToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
35 console.log("*** My Token ***")
36 console.log(
37 "Balance MyToken Before accounts[0] " +
38 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenBeforeAccounts0.toString())
39 )
40 console.log(
41 "Balance MyToken Before TokenFarm " +
42 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenBeforeFarmToken.toString())
43 )
45 console.log("*** Farm Token ***")
46 balanceFarmTokenBeforeAccounts0 = await farmToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
47 balanceFarmTokenBeforeFarmToken = await farmToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
48 console.log(
49 "Balance FarmToken Before accounts[0] " +
50 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenBeforeAccounts0.toString())
51 )
52 console.log(
53 "Balance FarmToken Before TokenFarm " +
54 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenBeforeFarmToken.toString())
55 )
56 // Call Deposit function from FarmToken
57 console.log("Call Deposit Function")
58 await farmToken.deposit(web3.utils.toWei("100", "ether"))
59 console.log("*** My Token ***")
60 balanceMyTokenAfterAccounts0 = await myToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
61 balanceMyTokenAfterFarmToken = await myToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
62 console.log(
63 "Balance MyToken After accounts[0] " +
64 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenAfterAccounts0.toString())
65 )
66 console.log(
67 "Balance MyToken After TokenFarm " +
68 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenAfterFarmToken.toString())
69 )
71 console.log("*** Farm Token ***")
72 balanceFarmTokenAfterAccounts0 = await farmToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
73 balanceFarmTokenAfterFarmToken = await farmToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
74 console.log(
75 "Balance FarmToken After accounts[0] " +
76 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenAfterAccounts0.toString())
77 )
78 console.log(
79 "Balance FarmToken After TokenFarm " +
80 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenAfterFarmToken.toString())
81 )
83 // End function
84 callback()
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To run this script: truffle exec .\scripts\transferMyTokenToFarmToken.js. You should see on your console:

output of transferMyTokenToFarmToken.js

output of transferMyTokenToFarmToken.js

As we can see, we have successfully deposited MyTokens to the smart contract as the first account has now FarmTokens.

In order to withdraw:

1const MyToken = artifacts.require("MyToken")
2const FarmToken = artifacts.require("FarmToken")
4module.exports = async function (callback) {
5 const accounts = await new web3.eth.getAccounts()
6 const myToken = await MyToken.deployed()
7 const farmToken = await FarmToken.deployed()
9 // Verify accounts[0] and farmToken balance of MyToken before and after the transfer
10 balanceMyTokenBeforeAccounts0 = await myToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
11 balanceMyTokenBeforeFarmToken = await myToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
12 console.log("*** My Token ***")
13 console.log(
14 "Balance MyToken Before accounts[0] " +
15 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenBeforeAccounts0.toString())
16 )
17 console.log(
18 "Balance MyToken Before TokenFarm " +
19 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenBeforeFarmToken.toString())
20 )
22 console.log("*** Farm Token ***")
23 balanceFarmTokenBeforeAccounts0 = await farmToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
24 balanceFarmTokenBeforeFarmToken = await farmToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
25 console.log(
26 "Balance FarmToken Before accounts[0] " +
27 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenBeforeAccounts0.toString())
28 )
29 console.log(
30 "Balance FarmToken Before TokenFarm " +
31 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenBeforeFarmToken.toString())
32 )
34 // Call Deposit function from FarmToken
35 console.log("Call Withdraw Function")
36 await farmToken.withdraw(web3.utils.toWei("100", "ether"))
38 console.log("*** My Token ***")
39 balanceMyTokenAfterAccounts0 = await myToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
40 balanceMyTokenAfterFarmToken = await myToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
41 console.log(
42 "Balance MyToken After accounts[0] " +
43 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenAfterAccounts0.toString())
44 )
45 console.log(
46 "Balance MyToken After TokenFarm " +
47 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceMyTokenAfterFarmToken.toString())
48 )
50 console.log("*** Farm Token ***")
51 balanceFarmTokenAfterAccounts0 = await farmToken.balanceOf(accounts[0])
52 balanceFarmTokenAfterFarmToken = await farmToken.balanceOf(farmToken.address)
53 console.log(
54 "Balance FarmToken After accounts[0] " +
55 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenAfterAccounts0.toString())
56 )
57 console.log(
58 "Balance FarmToken After TokenFarm " +
59 web3.utils.fromWei(balanceFarmTokenAfterFarmToken.toString())
60 )
62 // End function
63 callback()
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To run this script: truffle exec .\scripts\withdrawMyTokenFromTokenFarm.js. As we can see on the output below, we have successfully got the MyTokens back and we have burned the FarmTokens:

output of withdrawMyTokenFromTokenFarm.js

output of withdrawMyTokenFromTokenFarm.js


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