# Setting up a project

Hardhat projects are npm projects with the hardhat package installed and a hardhat.config.js file.

If you run npx hardhat in a folder without those files you will be shown two options to facilitate project creation:

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Welcome to Hardhat v2.0.0

? What do you want to do? …
❯ Create a sample project
  Create an empty hardhat.config.js

If you select Create an empty hardhat.config.js, Hardhat will create a hardhat.config.js with the following content:

 * @type import('hardhat/config').HardhatUserConfig
module.exports = {
  solidity: "0.7.3",

Then, you need to install Hardhat with:

npm install --save-dev hardhat

And this is enough to run Hardhat using a default project structure.

# Sample Hardhat project

If you select Create a sample project a simple project creation wizard will ask you some questions and create a project with the following structure:


These are the default paths for a Hardhat project.

  • contracts/ is where the source files for your contracts should be.
  • test/ is where your tests should go.
  • scripts/ is where simple automation scripts go.

If you need to change these paths, take a look at the paths configuration section.

# Testing and Ethereum networks

When it comes to testing your contracts, Hardhat comes with some built-in defaults:

If you need to use an external network, like an Ethereum testnet, mainnet or some other specific node software, you can set it up using the networks configuration entries in the exported object in hardhat.config.js, which is how Hardhat projects manage settings.

You can use of the --network CLI parameter to quickly change the network.

Take a look at the networks configuration section to learn more about setting up different networks.

# Plugins and dependencies

You may have seen this notice when creating the sample project:

You need to install these dependencies to run the sample project:
  npm install --save-dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle ethereum-waffle chai @nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers ethers

This stems from the fact that most of Hardhat's functionality comes from plugins, so check out the plugins section for the official list and see if there are any other ones that look interesting.

The sample project uses the @nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle plugin, which depends on the @nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers plugin. These integrate the Ethers.js and Waffle tools into your project.

To use a plugin, the first step is always to install it using npm or yarn, and then requiring it in your config file:


module.exports = {};

Plugins are essential to Hardhat projects, so make sure to check out all the available ones and also build your own ones!

For any help or feedback you may have, you can find us in the Hardhat Support Discord server(opens new window) .

Last Updated: 10/22/2020, 3:45:19 PM