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Nodes and Clients

Local development nodes

Swanky Node

Swanky Node is the local development node tracking the Shiden network.

It is the best choice if you want to develop your contract & test it in the local environment prior to deployment on Astar/Shiden mainnet.


  • Consensus: instant-seal and manual-seal
  • dApps staking enabled
  • Chain-extensions

You can find the Github repo here.

Substrate Contract Node

Substrate contract node targets substrate master. It is the best choice if you want to try the latest feature or unstable feature of ink! and/or pallet-contracts.


  • Targets the latest Substrate master
  • Consensus: instant-seal

Github can be found here.

Testnet Node: Shibuya

Shibuya has almost the exact chain specifications as our mainnet Shiden & Astar and creates the best test environment for developers who want to launch their dApp on the mainnet.

Shibuya's pallet-contracts has unstable-feature so you can use unstable flagged features of ink! pallet-contracts.

To get the latest info & get tokens via faucet, please check Shibuya's official docs.

Mainnet Node: Shiden

Wasm contracts are live on Shiden. You can interact with them in the same way as Shibuya.

Mainnet Node: Astar

At the moment, Wasm smart contracts are not available on Astar. They should go live during 2022 Q3.

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