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The NEP-11 proposal outlines the standard for writing NFT (Non-fungible token) contracts. This document will explain how to write a simple NFT contract using C#.

Defining NFT attributes#

A shortcut for developers to develop NFT contracts is inheriting directly from the class Nep11Token<Nep11TokenState>, where Nep11TokenState is the class accommodating all the NFT attributes. In addition to the default Name and Owner fields, you can add customized attributes, such as images, videos, categories, URLs, attack power, defense power, etc.

NameHarryPotter #001NFT name
Owner0x4578060c29f4c03f1e16c84312429d991952c94cNFT owner
ATK3000Attack power(customized)
DEF3000Defense power(customized)

An NFT asset requires a unique identifier. If your contract includes NFT assets with different names, you can use the Name field in Nep11TokenState as TokenID. If there are NFT assets with duplicate name, you need to add a new field like ID or TokenID.

Particularly, it is recommended that developers name the image field Image in order for the wallet to display the NFT image properly. Wallet developers can also capture NFT images based on the NFT Image attribute.

The TokenState code example is as follows:

public class MyTokenState : Nep11TokenState{    public string Image { get; set; }        public MyTokenState(string name)    {        //TODO: Replace it with your own URL.        Image = "" + name + ".jpg";    }}

After inheriting Nep11Token<Nep11TokenState> you need to rewrite the Symbol method, as follows:

public override string Symbol { [Safe] get => "MNFT"; }

Distribution Method#

The base class Nep11Token doesn't include the method for NFT distribution. Developers can write it on demand. In this example we create a method Airdrop, which functions airdrop of NFT to the specified address, to enable the contract owner to issue NFT assets.

public static bool Airdrop(UInt160 to, string name){    if (!IsOwner()) throw new Exception("No authorization.");    if (!to.IsValid) throw new Exception("Amount is invalid.");
    Mint(name, new MyTokenState(name));    return true;}

In the above code segment, the Mint method is inherited from Nep11Token. To invoke it, you just need to pass in TokenID and the TokenState object of NFT.


The complete code is as follows:

using Neo;using Neo.SmartContract;using Neo.SmartContract.Framework;using Neo.SmartContract.Framework.Attributes;using Neo.SmartContract.Framework.Services;using System;
namespace Contract1{    [SupportedStandards("NEP-11")]    public class Contract1 : Nep11Token<MyTokenState>    {        //TODO: Replace it with your own address.        [InitialValue("NiNmXL8FjEUEs1nfX9uHFBNaenxDHJtmuB", ContractParameterType.Hash160)]        static readonly UInt160 Owner = default;
        private static bool IsOwner() => Runtime.CheckWitness(Owner);
        public override string Symbol { [Safe] get => "MNFT"; }
        public static bool Airdrop(UInt160 to, string name)        {            if (!IsOwner()) throw new Exception("No authorization.");            if (!to.IsValid) throw new Exception("Amount is invalid.");
            Mint(name, new MyTokenState(name));            return true;        }    }
    public class MyTokenState : Nep11TokenState    {        public string Image { get; set; }
        public MyTokenState(string name)        {            //TODO: Replace it with your own URL.            Image = "" + name + ".jpg";        }    }}

To enable the user to purchase NFT with GAS, you can add the following method:

public static void OnNEP17Payment(UInt160 from, BigInteger amount, object _){        if (Runtime.CallingScriptHash != GAS.Hash)        throw new Exception("Please pay with GAS");    amount /= 100000000;    for (int i = 0; i < amount; i++)    {        //TODO: Please replace with your own naming logic. TokenId is not allowed to be the same        var name = "HarryPotter #001";        Mint(name, new MyTokenState(name));    }}

By now we have completed a simple NFT contract.

Methods and events in base class#

The base class Nep11Token also provides the following methods and events:

NEP-11 methods#

symbol--StringReturns the contract symbol, e.g. "MNFT"
decimals--IntegerReturns the integer 0
totalSupply--IntegerNFT total supply. Total supply= Amount of minted tokens - Amount of burned tokens
balanceOfHash160(owner)IntegerThe total amount of NFT owned by the user
ownerOfByteArray(tokenId)Hash160Returns the owner of the specified NFT.
propertiesByteArray(tokenId)MapReturns the properties of the given NFT.
tokensInteropInterfaceReturns all of the tokens minted by the contract.
tokensOfHash160(owner)InteropInterfaceReturns all of the token ids owned by the specified address
transferHash160(to) ByteArray(tokenId) Any(data)BooleanIt transfers an amount of NFT with TokenId. This method requires the signature of NFT owner.


transferHash160(from) Hash160(to) Integer(amount) ByteArray(tokenId)Transfer eventWhen the from address is set to null tokens are created; When the to address set to nulltokens are burned.

Compatibility check#

Compatibility checks will be activated for any contract that includes the [SupportedStandards("NEP-17")] or [SupportedStandards("NEP-11")] attribute. The Compatibility Check reviews method names, parameters, return values, events, and similar elements to ensure they comply with the standard, and alerts about any failures in the check.

See also#

NEP-11 Proposal

Nep11TokenState Source Code

Nep11Token Source Code

NeoVerse Document