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Generate type-safe, lightweight SDK for your Ethereum smart contracts

The quickest and easiest way to interact with Ethereum

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Features ⚡

  • minimal - just provide addresses of contracts that you wish to interact with
  • easy to use - ABIs will be automatically downloaded from Etherscan
  • familiar API - Generates ethers.js contract wrappers
  • type-safe - Leverages TypeChain for maximum type-safety


yarn add --dev @dethcrypto/eth-sdk @dethcrypto/eth-sdk-client

eth-sdk uses ethers.js and TypeScript, so these dependencies have to be installed as well.


eth-sdk [options]

CLI Options


  • -p, --path <path> working directory (default: ./eth-sdk)

    eth-sdk looks for the config file in this directory, and saves downloaded ABIs there.

Getting started

eth-sdk takes a JSON config file with ethereum addresses and generates a fully type-safe SDK that you can use right away. The SDK is an object consisting of ethers.js contracts initialized with ABIs provided by etherscan and with types generated via TypeChain.

The first step is to create a config file specifying contracts that we wish to interact with. Default path to this file is eth-sdk/config.ts.

import { defineConfig } from '@dethcrypto/eth-sdk'

export default defineConfig({
  contracts: {
    mainnet: {
      dai: '0x6b175474e89094c44da98b954eedeac495271d0f',

The key directly under "contracts" is a network identifier, eth-sdk needs it to query ABI information automatically. Following are key-value pairs of contract names and addresses. These can be deeply nested.

Now you're ready to run yarn eth-sdk. Few things will happen under the hood:

  1. Etherscan API will be queried in search of ABIs corresponding to the addresses. ABIs will be downloaded into eth-sdk directory (you should commit them to git to speed up the process in the future).
  2. Minimal SDK will be generated with functions like getMainnetSdk exposed. These functions wire addresses with ABIs and create ethers.js contract instances.
  3. TypeScript types will be generated for SDK using TypeChain.
  4. SDK is generated directly into node_modules, access it as @dethcrypto/eth-sdk-client.

Using generated sdk is as simple as it gets:

import { getMainnetSdk } from '@dethcrypto/eth-sdk-client' // yay, our SDK! It's tailored especially for our needs
import { ethers } from 'ethers'

async function main() {
  const mainnetProvider = ethers.getDefaultProvider('mainnet')
  const defaultSigner = ethers.Wallet.createRandom().connect(mainnetProvider)

  const sdk = getMainnetSdk(defaultSigner) // default signer will be wired with all contract instances
  // sdk is an object like { dai: DaiContract }

  const balance = sdk.dai.balanceOf(defaultSigner.address)

  .then(() => console.log('DONE'))
  .catch((error) => {


eth-sdk looks for a file named config or eth-sdk.config with .ts, .json, .js or .cjs extension inside of the directory specified by --path CLI argument.

You can use exports from @dethcrypto/eth-sdk to leverage your IDE's intellisense. Exported types are EthSdkConfig, EthSdkContracts, NestedAddresses and Address.

import type { EthSdkConfig } from '@dethcrypto/eth-sdk'
const config: EthSdkConfig = {
  // ...
export default config

Alternatively, you can use defineConfig function to write your config in a typesafe way without need for annotations.

import { defineConfig } from '@dethcrypto/eth-sdk'
export default defineConfig({
  // ...


A map from network identifier into deeply nested key-value pairs of contract names and addresses.

  "contracts": {
    "mainnet": {
      "dai": "0x6b175474e89094c44da98b954eedeac495271d0f",
      "dao": {
        "mkr": "0x9f8f72aa9304c8b593d555f12ef6589cc3a579a2"

Predefined network identifiers are:

"mainnet"            "ropsten"            "rinkeby"
"goerli"             "kovan"              "bsc"
"bscTestnet"         "heco"               "hecoTestnet"
"opera"              "ftmTestnet"         "optimism"
"optimismKovan"      "polygon"            "polygonMumbai"
"arbitrumOne"        "arbitrumTestnet"    "sepolia"

You can use other networks, but you will need to configure Etherscan URLs for them in etherscanURLs or provide networkIds when using Sourcify as abiSource.


Output directory for generated SDK.

Defaults to ./node_modules/.dethcrypto/eth-sdk

  "outputPath": "./node_modules/.dethcrypto/eth-sdk"


Etherscan API keys

Defaults to eth-sdk's own keys.

  "etherscanKeys": {
    // API key for
    // API key for


Key-value pairs of network identifier and Etherscan API URL to fetch ABIs from.

  "etherscanURLs": {
    "helloworld": ""
  "contracts": {
    "helloworld": {}


Configuration for Ethereum JSON-RPC provider needed for following proxies.

  "rpc": {
    "mainnet": "",
    "kovan": ""

For every contract address, eth-sdk checks if it's a proxy, and if it is, it saves the ABI of the implementation contract instead of the ABI of the proxy.


You can opt out of proxy following by setting noFollowProxies flag in your config to true.

  "noFollowProxies": true


Default: "etherscan"

One of "etherscan", "sourcify". Specifies the source to fetch contract ABIs from.


As Sourcify /files endpoint requires network identifier, you will need to provide one when using a custom network.

  "abiSource": "sourcify",
  "networkIds": {
    "myNetwork": 3
  "contracts": {
    "myNetwork": {
      "dai": "0x6b175474e89094c44da98b954eedeac495271d0f"

eth-sdk already knows ids of 19 commonly used networks, including mainnet, testnets, Optimism and Arbitrum, so you won't need to provide them. You can find the list of all predefined networks in contracts documentation.


Check out examples of using eth-sdk in /examples directory.


Motivation and use cases

The primary motivation for the project is reducing the ceremony needed to interact with smart contracts on Ethereum while using JavaScript or TypeScript. It takes care of boring parts like ABI management and auto-generates all the boilerplate required to set up ethers.js contract instances. Finally, it makes DX great by ensuring that all contracts have type information so your IDE can assist you.

It works well with all sorts of scripts, backend services, and even frontend apps. Note: If you develop smart contracts it's better to use TypeChain directly (especially via HardHat integration).


Check out our contributing guidelines.


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