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How to Create a Simple Smart Contract in Solidity

Welcome to the exciting world of smart contracts. If you’re new to this domain, a smart contract is a self-executing contract with the terms of the agreement directly written into code. Deployed on the blockchain, these contracts are transparent, traceable, and irreversible. Today, we’ll learn how to create a basic smart contract using Solidity, a statically-typed, contract-oriented programming language.

Step 1: Install Required Tools

For this exercise, you’ll need to install two tools: a text editor (like Visual Studio Code) and the Ethereum Remix IDE. Remix is a web-based IDE that allows you to write, debug, test, and deploy smart contracts written in Solidity. You can access it via your web browser and no installation is required.

Step 2: Set Up Your Solidity Environment

Open Remix in your browser. On its homepage, select the ‘New File’ option and name it “SimpleContract.sol”. Make sure to select the ‘Solidity’ environment from the dropdown at the top-right corner.

Step 3: Write Your First Smart Contract

In the newly created file, write the following code:

pragma solidity >=0.5.0;

contract SimpleContract {

   uint storedData;

   function set(uint x) public {

      storedData = x;


   function get() public view returns (uint) {

      return storedData;



Step 4: Deploy Your Contract

Click on the ‘Deploy’ button in the left-side panel. Then select the ‘JavaScript VM’ Environment. Hit the ‘Deploy’ button under it, and viola, your contract is now on the virtual blockchain.

Step 5: Interact with Your Contract

You can now engage with your contract via the ‘Deployed Contracts’ panel. Try setting a number using the ‘set’ button and retrieve it with ‘get’.

Key Takeaways

  • Solidity is an effective language for developing smart contracts.
  • Ethereum Remix IDE makes coding, debugging, and deploying simple.
  • Blockchain ensures smart contracts are transparent and irreversible.

Creating a simple smart contract is just the beginning. There’s more to learn and build, as the possibilities are endless in the world of blockchain and smart contracts. Power on, and keep coding!

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