Low-code NFT minting tool#
For non-developers, Concordium has developed a minting tool to mint your NFT collections without minimal development effort. With this super simple dApp you will be able to:
Connect with your Concordium Wallet for Web
Create your own NFT Contract
Mint your own NFT
Mint you own Semi-Fungible Token
Mint your own NFT Collection
Install the minting tool#
Before starting, make sure that you have the following installed:
Concordium Wallet for Web - setup instructions
A code editor of your choice, such as Visual Studio Code.
Once you have the above installed, do the following:
Clone the repo and install its dependencies.
Now run your store web server locally with the following command.
It will start the minting screen in the example dApp in
localhost:3000 automatically, starting with the dashboard page.
Concordium provides a library of sample images you can download and use to practice minting NFTs.
Mint NFTs with metadata
In this section you will learn how to mint an NFT with metadata file from a new contract.
When you mint an NFT, in most of the cases you will be storing a URL value that redirects people to a JSON-formatted file. That file should contain a link to the digital asset itself, its name, and description and could potentially include lots of additional attributes to suffice Concordium Interoperability Standard 2(CIS-2). You can host these files and assets anywhere but using a decentralized solution will be our approach.
CIS-2 token metadata example and details can be found in this link.
To prepare the metadata, you should have a link to your digital asset, preferably from the Interplanetary File System (IPFS). You can check this tutorial to learn about how you can store data on IPFS<upload-nft> with running a node.
When you have an IPFS link to the asset, create a JSON file in a text editor, fill it like below and save it.
"name": "YOUR NFT NAME",
"description": "YOUR NFT DESCRIPTION",
"url": "https://ipfs.io/ipfs....paste your url here"
"name": "some attribute",
"name": "another attribute",
"name": "third attribute",
Now, you need to store this page on the IPFS as well; it will generate a URL that you will store on-chain.
When your platform is up and running, click DEPLOY NEW to mint your brand-new NFTs as shown below.
The wallet pops up and asks for your signature. Click Sign & Submit.
You will see the figure below, since you are going to provide the metadata.json file, you don’t need to use the connect Pinata function. Click SKIP.
That will lead you to the Prepare Metadata section. Provide the
metadata.json file’s URL to the text box and click the “OK” button.
Then you will be asked to specify the token ID and amount in the following screens. Your image will be fetched from IPFS or the server where you stored assets.
Click SET TOKEN ID, and you will be asked for the quantity.
In order to mint an NFT you must set this Token Quantity as 1 and then click the “SET QUANTITY” and “DONE” buttons.
When every step is completed as described, the platform will show you the preview of the token and you can check even the metadata by clicking the token’s display. If all is ok, click MINT. Your Concordium Wallet for Web will pop up once more and ask for your approval. You can check the token details in the wallet, minting fees, etc.
When the transaction is finalized, an alert window shows that your tokens are minted.
One thing to note in the figure above is “CONTRACT: 2668/0 (CIS2-MULTI)”. This statement says that your tokens are minted on the contract with the address <2668,0>. A contract adderss has two parts; the index is the first number and the subindex is the second number which is always zero. This could be any contract deployed to Concordium. For example, when you create a new instance of an NFT contract, the creator account will be the owner of that contract instance. By using that address value, the owner can handle some owner-specific operations, anyone can check some accounts’ balances if it’s a token contract, etc. As an example, when you click DEPLOY NEW, you create a new contract instance that you own; and when you minted that NFT it is recorded in that smart contract instance’s state on the blockchain. For every operation about that token like transfer, sell, etc. you will keep storing that changes on your contract’s state. This is your contract now at that address.
Mint NFTs with Pinata
The Concordium NFT Minting Tool has built-in integration with Pinata and IPFS that allows artists to mint their collection with a few steps.
If you have a huge collection, creating metadata might be an issue. You need to run an IPFS node or store the data in a server, use the URL in a JSON file that is compliant with CIS-2, and use the JSON to mint your token. Just the node running part might be an issue. Luckily, there are solutions like Pinata emerging every day. Pinata is a pinning solution, meaning it hosts your data and stores that in a decentralized way in multiple locations. It produces the URL that needs to be put in the metadata file.
Pinata is a commercial, pinning solution that pins your data stored on IPFS. You can find more info about it in this link.
When you upload data on IPFS, the most important thing that you need to be careful about is making sure that data is stored/hosted on at least one device; this is achievable by running a node all the time somewhere. But that may not be an option for everybody who wants to mint NFTs for various reasons like cost, time, and some technical skills. At that moment, Pinata solves that issue; they run a node on your behalf and give you an API key. You can access your IPFS node via that API key through their gateway.
Since IPFS and Pinata are widely used in the space, the Concordium NFT Minting Tool has built-in integration with them. To use this functionality create an API key on the platform and copy it.
Now you will create a brand new contract instance for your NFT collection.
Click MINT in the top navigation bar of your marketplace.
In the Connect Pinata screen paste your API key and click CONNECT.
Once connected, upload images either by selecting them from a folder or just dragging and dropping them. You are not limited to uploading 1-2 images, and thanks to the template, the metadata generator is easier than creating for one metadata file for every item.
Mint NFT collection
Set your token IDs and click Upload for each.
Add data to them and the marketplace will create metadata for you when you click CREATE for each of the tokens. Specify the quantity as 1 and click DONE.
Click MINT. Your Concordium Wallet for Web prompts you to click Sign and Submit to approve the transaction and mint your NFTs.
Mint NFTs from an existing contracts
In this section you will learn how to mint an NFT with metadata file from an existing contract instance. If you completed the first section, you should already know what an contract instance address is. This contract instance address value of your NFT contract which is created by your account addresses where or in which smart contract instance your NFTs are located, for example, contract instance address:<2722,0>. There are certain operations encoded in the smart contracts that, for example, only an owner can transfer a token or only the contract owner can invoke the mint function, etc.
Assume that you are an artist and have a collection of two pieces. You deployed your contract at address:<2020,0> and minted these tokens with IDs 01 and 02. What if you want to add new pieces? If you create a new instance, you will get a new contract instance address (always remember because it’s a new one), but then how can you tell people these new pieces belong to the same collection? Or, say you are having a party and minted 100 tokens as tickets, and your party is excellent so there are more people who want to come. What do you want to do? Correct, you want to mint new tokens for the same party.
Minting is the same as the previous sections: you need to specify your contract instance address as shown below and click FIND.
It will check if the contract has some unique CIS-2 methods, like the
supports() function which means the contract is compliant with CIS-2. Basically, you are checking whether the contract is a token contract or not. If you are the owner, you will be able to mint your new tokens exactly as in the previous sections. If you are not the owner of the contract, then you will end up with the error shown below.