Flattening Smart Contracts with Truffle

Use Truffle to deploy and verify smart contract

🧭 Table of contents

πŸ“° Overview

Truffle is a blockchain development environment, which you can use to create and test smart contracts by levering an Ethereum Virtual Machine.

What you will learn

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up Truffle and use it to build, test and deploy smart contract on both the XDC Network mainnet and XDC Apothem testnet and verify it on Block Explorer.

What you will do

  • Install and set up Truffle

  • Create a complex smart contract with dependencies (like OpenZeppelin)

  • Compile the smart contract

  • Test the smart contract

  • Deploy the smart contract

  • Flatten the smart contract

  • Verify the smart contract

πŸš€ Setting up the development environment

There are a few technical requirements before we start. Please install the following:

Once we have those installed, we only need one command to install Truffle:

npm install -g truffle

To verify that Truffle is installed properly, type truffle version on a terminal. You should see something like:

Truffle v5.5.27 (core: 5.5.27)
Ganache v7.4.0
Solidity v0.5.16 (solc-js)
Node v16.16.0
Web3.js v1.7.4

If you see an error instead, make sure that your npm modules are added to your path.

βš’ Starting a new Truffle Project

Lets start by setting up our folder, we are creating a project called MyCounter, create a new MyCounter folder by running on terminal

mkdir MyCounter && cd MyCounter

And running truffle init. If truffle is correctly installed on your local environment, you should see the following message:

Starting init...

> Copying project files to /home/your/path/to/MyCounter

Init successful, sweet!

Try our scaffold commands to get started:
  $ truffle create contract YourContractName # scaffold a contract
  $ truffle create test YourTestName         # scaffold a test


And your folder files will look like this:

βš’ Configuring XDC Mainnet and Apothem Testnet on Truffle

In order to get started deploying new contracts on XDC Mainnet and/or Apothem, we need to install two new dependencies that will be used in the truffle-config.js file. These dependencies are @truffle/hdwallet-provider and dotenv. First choose your preferred package manager. In this example we are using yarn but you can also use npm.

If you never used yarn before, you might need to install it first. ‼️You can skip this step if you already have yarn installed‼️

npm install --global yarn

Initialize your package manager on your folder and install the required dependencies:

yarn init -y
yarn add @truffle/hdwallet-provider dotenv

You will also need a 24-Word Mnemonic Phrase. To configure your wallet, create a new .env file and write your mnemonic by running:

touch .env
echo MNEMONIC=arm derive cupboard decade course garlic journey blast tribe describe curve obey >> .env

Remember to change the 24-Word Mnemonic above for your own mnemonic. The contents of your .env file should read as follow:

MNEMONIC=arm derive cupboard decade course garlic journey blast tribe describe curve obey

🚨 Do not use the mnemonic in the example above in production or you can risk losing your assets and/or the ownership of your smart contracts! 🚨

And finally, we can configure the truffle-config.js file for both Apothem and XinFin Networks by writting:

const { MNEMONIC } = process.env;
const HDWalletProvider = require('@truffle/hdwallet-provider');

module.exports = {

  networks: {

    xinfin: {
      provider: () => new HDWalletProvider(
      network_id: 50,
      gasLimit: 6721975,
      confirmation: 2,

    apothem: {
      provider: () => new HDWalletProvider(
      network_id: 51,
      gasLimit: 6721975,
      confirmation: 2,

  mocha: {

  compilers: {
    solc: {
      version: "0.8.16",

βš’ Adding Testnet XDC to Development Wallet

It is possible to list all XDC addresses bound to your mnemonic on truffle by accessing the truffle console:

truffle console --network xinfin

Once the truffle console CLI opens, you can run:

truffle(xinfin)> accounts

And the console should log all accounts bound to your mnemonic phrase as follow:


These accounts are on the Ethereum standard format starting with 0x, but we can simply switch 0x for xdc. By default, the deployment account is the first account from the list above: xdcA4e66f4Cc17752f331eaC6A20C00756156719519.

With this account in hand, we can head to the Apothem Faucet and claim some TXDC for development purposes:

πŸ’΅ Writing Smart Contract

We will be using OpenZeppelin for this guide so lets install it first:

yarn add @openzeppelin/contracts

or using npm

npm install @openzeppelin/contracts

Now lets create simple smart contract called MyCounter.sol in contracts folder:

// SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT
pragma solidity >=0.8.0 <0.9.0;

import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Counters.sol";

contract MyCounter {
    using Counters for Counters.Counter;
    Counters.Counter private _counter;

    function current() public view returns (uint256) {
        return _counter.current();

    function increment() public returns (uint256) {
        return _counter.current();

    function decrement() public returns (uint256) {
        return _counter.current();

πŸ’΅ Compiling and Testing

We can compile our MyCounter.sol by running:

truffle compile

If everything is correctly configured and there is no errors, you should see the following message on your console:

Compiling your contracts...
> Compiling ./contracts/MyCounter.sol
> Compiling @openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Counters.sol
> Artifacts written to /home/your/path/to/build/contracts
> Compiled successfully using:
   - solc: 0.8.16+commit.07a7930e.Emscripten.clang

And your folder should look like this:


Now lets create a simple test to see everything works as intended before we deploy our contract to live network. This will save us time and gas fees, so it is recommended you do as much as possible tests for your smart contracts before deploying.

Create file MyCounter.js under test directory:

const MyCounter = artifacts.require("MyCounter");

contract("MyCounter", (accounts) => {
  it("should deploy MyCounter", async () => {
    const myCounterInstance = await MyCounter.deployed();
    const current = await myCounterInstance.current();

    assert.equal(current.valueOf(), 0, "0 is not the current count");
  it("should increment and decrement MyCounter and show current count", async () => {
    const myCounterInstance = await MyCounter.deployed();

    await myCounterInstance.increment()
    await myCounterInstance.increment()
    await myCounterInstance.decrement()

    const current = await myCounterInstance.current();

      "1 is not the current count"

Then run

truffle test

Your output should look like this:

Contract: MyCounter
  βœ” should deploy MyCounter
  βœ” should increment and decrement MyCounter and show current count (131ms)

2 passing (197ms)

πŸ’΅ Deploying Contract

In order to deploy our newly compiled contract artifacts to the blockchain, we need to create a deployment script into the migrations folder:

touch ./migrations/1_token_migration.js

And write the following migration script to the 1_token_migration.js file:

const MyCounter = artifacts.require("MyCounter");

module.exports = function (deployer) {

If the migration script have no errors, we can go ahead and run the command:

truffle migrate --network xinfin

For deployment on XDC mainet, or:

truffle migrate --network apothem

For deployment on the XDC Apothem Testnet. In either case, you need to have enough funds to pay for gas fees on the address that is being used for development.

If the deployment is sucessful, the console should log the following message after migrations complete processing:


   Deploying 'MyCounter'
   > transaction hash:    0x128fdda5a1897e373259bd0a614f4b72c6d1f397696a7df4ddc55a863fb75620
   > Blocks: 0            Seconds: 0
   > contract address:    0x11d73188a9976FB32B53FFD7040030e0667CeBFa
   > block number:        9
   > block timestamp:     1665052811
   > account:             0x7EF6aCFd4F0B8B6828Bf25D440Bf46f1Eb28c6A6
   > balance:             99.92708386
   > gas used:            164965 (0x28465)
   > gas price:           20 gwei
   > value sent:          0 ETH
   > total cost:          0.0032993 ETH

   > Saving artifacts
   > Total cost:           0.0032993 ETH

> Total deployments:   1
> Final cost:          0.0032993 ETH

πŸ’΅ Flattening Contract

If smart contract imports external files like our, we need to flatten it before verifying on Block Explorer.

For that, install truffle-flattener.

yarn add truffle-flattener -g

Or using npm

npm install truffle-flattener -g

Now lets flatten our contract:

truffle-flattener contracts/MyCounter.sol > MyCounterFlatten.sol

Then open MyCounterFlatten.sol and remove every line which starts with // SPDX-License-Identifier except the first one. We do this because Block Explorer does not accepts contracts with mutliple license definition.

πŸ” Veryfing Contracts on the Block Explorer

Once you have successfully deployed your smart contract to the blockchain, it might be interesting to verify you contract on XinFin Block Explorer.

First lets check the address our contract is deployed to by running:

truffle networks

If you have a contract already deployed, the console should log something like this:

Network: apothem (id: 51)
  No contracts deployed.

Network: xinfin (id: 50)
  MyCounter: 0x53bA8Cb12EaF09E6B0b671F39ac4798A6DA7d660

Here we have a MyCounter contract deployed on XDC Mainnet at the 0x53bA8Cb12EaF09E6B0b671F39ac4798A6DA7d660. This address is in the Ethereum standard but we can simply swap the 0x prefix for xdc and search for our newly deployed contract on XinFin Block Explorer:

And click in the Verify And Publish Option.

We will be redirected to the Contract verification page where we need to fill out:

  • Contract Name: MyCounter

  • Compiler: Check your truffle-config.js file for Compiler Version

  • Contract Code: Just paste everything from your MyCounterFlatten.sol file

❕ Keep in mind that Contract Code should be MyCounterFlatten.sol, not MyCounter.sol. ❕

Once everything is filled out, press Submit!

If everything is correctly filled out, your contract page on the block explorer should display a new tab called Contract:

For more information about Truffle Suite, Please Visit Truffle Suite Documentation. For more information about XinFin Network, Please Visit XDC Network Documentation on GitBook. Resources used during the deployment of the MyCounter can be found at MyCounter Contract Folder.

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