# 3. Creating a new Hardhat project

We'll install Hardhat using the npm CLI. The Node.js package manager is a package manager and an online repository for JavaScript code.

Open a new terminal and run these commands:

mkdir hardhat-tutorial 
cd hardhat-tutorial 
npm init --yes 
npm install --save-dev hardhat 

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Installing Hardhat will install some Ethereum JavaScript dependencies, so be patient.

In the same directory where you installed Hardhat run:

npx hardhat

Select Create an empty hardhat.config.js with your keyboard and hit enter.















 


$ npx hardhat
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888    888     "88b 888P"  d88" 888 888 "88b     "88b 888
888    888 .d888888 888    888  888 888  888 .d888888 888
888    888 888  888 888    Y88b 888 888  888 888  888 Y88b.
888    888 "Y888888 888     "Y88888 888  888 "Y888888  "Y888

Welcome to Hardhat v2.0.0

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

When Hardhat is run, it searches for the closest hardhat.config.js file starting from the current working directory. This file normally lives in the root of your project and an empty hardhat.config.js is enough for Hardhat to work. The entirety of your setup is contained in this file.

# Hardhat's architecture

Hardhat is designed around the concepts of tasks and plugins. The bulk of Hardhat's functionality comes from plugins, which as a developer you're free to choose the ones you want to use.

# Tasks

Every time you're running Hardhat from the CLI you're running a task. e.g. npx hardhat compile is running the compile task. To see the currently available tasks in your project, run npx hardhat. Feel free to explore any task by running npx hardhat help [task].

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You can create your own tasks. Check out the Creating a task guide.

# Plugins

Hardhat is unopinionated in terms of what tools you end up using, but it does come with some built-in defaults. All of which can be overriden. Most of the time the way to use a given tool is by consuming a plugin that integrates it into Hardhat.

For this tutorial we are going to use the Ethers.js and Waffle plugins. They'll allow you to interact with Ethereum and to test your contracts. We'll explain how they're used later on. To install them, in your project directory run:

npm install --save-dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers ethers @nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle ethereum-waffle chai

Add the highlighted line to your hardhat.config.js so that it looks like this:

 








require("@nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle");

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

We're only requiring hardhat-waffle here because it depends on hardhat-ethers so adding both isn't necessary.

Last Updated: 10/21/2020, 5:10:56 PM