Hardhat Plugin

Hardhat Verification Plugin

Hardhat is a full-featured development environment for contract compilation, deployment and verification. The Hardhat Etherscan plugin supports contract verification on Gauss Explorer.

Get Started

1) Install Hardhat

If you are starting from scratch, create an npm project by going to an empty folder, running npm init, and following the instructions. Recommend npm 7 or higher.

Once your project is ready:

npm instructions

npm install --save-dev hardhat

yarn instructions

yarn add --dev hardhat

2) Create a project

Run npx hardhat in your project folder and follow the instructions to create (more info here).

3) Install plugin

Install the hardhat-etherscan plugin (requires v3.0.0+).


npm install --save-dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-etherscan


yarn add --dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-etherscan

4) Add plugin reference to config file

Add the following statement to your hardhat.config.js.


If using TypeScript, add this to your hardhat.config.ts. More info on using typescript with hardhat available here.

import "@nomiclabs/hardhat-etherscan";

Config File

Your basic Hardhat config file (hardhat.config.js or hardhat.config.ts) will be setup to support the network you are working on. In this example we use the G.I.L. test network and a .js file.

Here we add an RPC url without an API key, however some value is still required. You can use any arbitrary string. More info.

If you prefer, you can migrate to hardhat-toolbox to use a plugin bundle.


let secret = require("./secret");

module.exports = {
  solidity: "0.8.9",
  networks: {
    g.i.l.: {
      url: 'https://rpc.giltestnet.com/',
      accounts: [secret.key],
  etherscan: {
    // Your API key for Etherscan
    // Obtain one at https://etherscan.io/
    apiKey: "abc"

Add an Unsupported Network

Some chains are not supported by the plugin (to check run npx hardhat verify --list-networks)If your chain is not in the list, you can add a customChains object to the config file. It includes:

  • chainID - Network chain ID

  • apiURL - Block explorer API URL

  • browserURL - Block explorer URL

Find an extensive list of ChainIDs at https://chainlist.org/

For example, if G.I.L. were not in the default list, this is how it would be added to the config file. Note the network name in customChains must match the network name in the apiKey object.

etherscan: {
  apiKey: {
    g.i.l.: "abc"
  customChains: [
      network: "g.i.l/",
      chainId: 4242,
      urls: {
        apiURL: "https://explorer.giltestnet.com/api",
        browserURL: "https://explorer.giltestnet.com"

Deploy and Verify


D:\hard_hat>npx hardhat run scripts\deploy.js --network G.I.L.
Contract deployed to: 0x8595e22825Ba499dB8C77C5c830c235D80f9C0fa


You can include constructor arguments with the verify task.

npx hardhat verify --network <network> DEPLOYED_CONTRACT_ADDRESS "Constructor argument 1"

G.I.L. example (no constructors).

D:\hard_hat>npx hardhat verify --network G.I.L. 0x8595e22825Ba499dB8C77C5c830c235D80f9C0fa 
Nothing to compile
Compiling 1 file with 0.8.0
Successfully submitted source code for contract
contracts/test.sol:Foo at 0x8595e22825Ba499dB8C77C5c830c235D80f9C0fa
for verification on Etherscan. Waiting for verification result...

Successfully verified contract Foo on Etherscan.
https://explorer.giltestnet.com/address/0x8595e22825Ba499dB8C77C5c830c235D80f9C0fa #code

Note the verify task will not be listed in the available tasks lists at npx hardhat --config but should work as expected.

If not, check you have the minimum required version of the nomiclabs-hardhat-etherscan plugin (v3.0.0+) installed

Confirm Verification on Gauss Explorer

Go to your Gauss Explorer instance and paste the contract address into the search bar. If verified, the code tab will display a green checkmark.

Selecting the Code tab will provide additional information about your contract.


Learn more about plugin configs, troubleshooting etc. at https://hardhat.org/plugins/nomiclabs-hardhat-etherscan.html

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