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Setting Up Your Environment Using Remix#

The Remix IDE is a powerful, open-source tool that helps you write Solidity smart contracts straight from the browser, without requiring any download, account creation, or login.

This article shows you how to deploy a Hello World contract to the Flare blockchain using the Remix IDE and the MetaMask wallet.


1. Create a New File#

  • Visit the Remix IDE and click the New File button.
  • Name it HelloWorld.sol.
  • Drag and drop it to the contracts folder.

New file in the Remix IDE

New file in the Remix IDE.

2. Write Your Contract#

Copy and paste the smart contract code provided below into the newly created HelloWorld.sol file.

// SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT

// Specifies the version of Solidity, using semantic versioning.
pragma solidity 0.8.17;

// Defines a contract named `HelloWorld`
contract HelloWorld {

   // Declares a state variable `message` of type `string`.
   string public message;

   // Constructors are used to initialize the contract's data.
   constructor(string memory initMessage) {
      // Accepts a string argument `initMessage`.
      message = initMessage;

   // A public function that accepts a string argument.
   function update(string memory newMessage) public {
      message = newMessage;

3. Compile Your Contract#

  • Go to the Solidity Compiler tab (on the left), and select compiler version 0.8.17.
  • Click on Advanced Configurations, and select london from the EVM VERSION drop down.
  • Now, click the Compile HelloWorld.sol button.

After successful compilation, it will show a Green tick mark on the Compiler tab button.

Compilation successful

Compilation successful.

4. Deploying on Flare Testnet#

You will now deploy the smart contract on the Coston2 network, Flare's test network.

When a smart contract is deployed on Flare's main network, it not only costs money (such as gas fees), but it also becomes immutable and cannot be modified. Therefore, deploying your smart contracts first on the test network is highly recommended.


Before proceeding with Deployment:

  • Make sure that you have added and selected the Coston2 test network to your Wallet. The Wallets section shows how to do it. Use the values for Coston2 that you will find in the Network Configurations page.
  • Ensure that you have enough Coston2 native tokens $C2FLR to pay for gas. Visit the Coston2 Faucet to request some $C2FLR.
  • Go to the Deploy & Run Transactions tab (the last one) and select Injected Provider - Metamask from the ENVIRONMENT dropdown. Accept the connection request received in MetaMask if necessary.

Environment selection on Remix

Environment selection on Remix.
  • Click the Deploy button and confirm the CONTRACT DEPLOYMENT transaction in MetaMask.

Contract deployment transaction

Contract deployment transaction.


The process to deploy your contract on the Flare main network is the same as above. You only have to select Flare Network on MetaMask and use $FLR tokens.

5. Interact with the Contract#

You can now interact with the contract to verify that it is working as intended.

  • In the Deployed Contracts section at the bottom of the left column, expand the HELLOWORLD contract to see its methods and data:
    • update method.
    • message public variable.
  • Type a message in the box next to the update button and click the button.
  • Confirm the deployment transaction in MetaMask.
  • Check that the contract has been updated by clicking the message button and verifying you get back the message you typed before.

Interact with the contract

Interact with the contract