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Smartnet is Live: Start Using Experimental Aleph Zero Smart Contracts

Jan 27, 2022

We have the pleasure to announce the release of Aleph Zero Smartnet—an experimental network dedicated to exploring the smart contract capabilities of the Aleph Zero blockchain. 

The Smartnet is accessible at Make sure to check out our hands-on tutorial over at Aleph Zero Docs. More extensive documentation will follow, including tutorials targeted specifically towards Solidity developers.

? Experiment with the Aleph Zero Smartnet.
? Read the documentation.
? Learn more about what Smartnet is.

Start Experimenting with Aleph Zero Smart Contracts Today

We’ve been working on enabling smart contracts functionality for quite a while now, and, as the entire Substrate ecosystem is under very active development, things are evolving rapidly. We’ve reached the point when we would like to invite the community of smart contract developers to start experimenting with the development tools combined with the lightning-fast Aleph Zero blockchain. Bear in mind that including bleeding-edge functionalities in our regular scope of network deployment could potentially pose a security risk. It wouldn’t be in line with our rigorous practices involving the release cycle and deployment to our testnet and mainnet networks. 

Aleph Zero Smartnet
Aleph Zero Smartnet runs outside of the typical deployment scope to allow for broader experimentation with new features.

On the other hand, pushing an older, more reliable version of the Substrate smart contracts module to our testnet would result in presenting our community with an environment that already is, or will soon become, obsolete. It’s time for something new. 

That’s why we’ve decided to build yet another, completely experimental network dedicated solely to that new exciting smart contracts ecosystem. With the Aleph Zero Smartnet, everyone can get a taste of the most recent developments in Substrate-based smart contracts and have a little sneak peek into the future. We expect you to break things. We want you to experiment. After all, we’re all here to learn.