Stacks is a Bitcoin layer for smart contracts, and since its launch, we’ve seen incredible developer adoption. Over 50,000 smart contracts have been deployed to Stacks mainnet, and dozens of independent teams are now building in the ecosystem, making Stacks the largest and fastest-growing Web3 project on Bitcoin 2 years in a row.
But one piece of feedback we kept hearing is how do we make it easier to build on Bitcoin? How can we simplify the developer experience? With the Hiro Platform, that’s exactly what we did.
The Hiro platform enables you to create and deploy Bitcoin smart contracts directly from a web browser, without a single installation.
With this new hosted experience, you have access to a number of features that let you:
- Create new projects or import your GitHub projects directly into the platform.
- Build smart contracts in a convenient, ready-to-use developer environment.
- Deploy smart contracts to testnet and mainnet directly from your web browser.
To kickstart your development journey, we also provide a curated list of popular Clarity smart contract examples that can be ported directly into your project, including Bitcoin NFTs, trustless swaps between Stacks and Lightning, and more.
The platform comes with pre-installed tools, such as VS Code, Clarity for VS Code, and Clarinet, which means you can go from contract conception to mainnet deployment faster than you can say “Satoshi.”
Check out a walkthrough of the Hiro platform below to get a sense of its full capabilities:
Why We Built the Platform
With the Hiro Platform, we plan to eliminate the friction developers encounter from a fragmented developer experience, one involving the discovery and implementation of various developer tools. Our goal is to remove that burden from developers, so they can focus more on productizing their business on the Stacks blockchain. We believe this will open the door to more developers who want to build on Bitcoin, the original and most secure blockchain.
Our ultimate aim is to support full stack Stacks development and observability.
By reducing friction around setting up your environment and then context switching between various tools, we aim to provide a one-stop shop that offers an end-to-end development solution for all of your smart contract needs. This platform can help minimize the time and the manual steps required to onboard the next 1,000 Clarity developers and increase the productivity and shipping velocity of those already building on Stacks.
And this is just the beginning. The Hiro Platform has an ambitious roadmap, including support for multi-contract deployment plans, event-driven chainhooks that react to Bitcoin, Ordinals, and Stacks blockchain events, and more. Our ultimate aim is to support full stack Stacks development and observability.
Let Us Know What You Think
We’re excited for you to try out the platform, and we’d love to know what you think of it. Leave us feedback in the platform via the Feedback button, reach out to us in the HIRO-PUBLIC channels on Discord, or drop your feedback here.
In the meantime, check out the platform and start building: