Sending and Depositing Tokens
This document describes different kinds of tokens that exist in the ZetaChain Athens 3 testnet ecosystem.
Code blocks with
hardhat commands show helpful utilities for sending tokens
available with the
smart contract template.
Native ZETA Token on ZetaChain
The native token of the ZetaChain is called ZETA. It is a staking token, and is
used to pay for transaction fees. ZetaChain node is built with Cosmos SDK
framework and the ZETA token is implemented as a
sdk.Coin. ZETA is the
user-friendly symbol for the token, and the on-chain denom is
1 ZETA = 10¹⁸ azeta.
To query for account balance you can use the Cosmos HTTP API
To convert the value amount from
azeta to ZETA, divide it by 10¹⁸. In the
example above the balance is 10 ZETA.
Sending ZETA from ZetaChain to Goerli:
npx hardhat send-zeta --amount 1 --network zeta_testnet --destination goerli_testnet
send-zeta sends native ZETA to the wrapped ZETA contract on ZetaChain,
approves the wrapped ZETA to be spent by the
connector contract, then finally
calls the connector's
send method to send the wrapped ZETA to the connected
Wrapped ZETA on ZetaChain
ZETA can exists on ZetaChain in a wrapped form (WZETA) as a WETH9 token. WZETA is primarily used in internal liquidity pools on ZetaChain paired with native gas tokens of connected blockchains (for example, gETH/WZETA pair).
To wrap native ZETA and turn it into WZETA, send it to the
contract on Zetachain.
ZETA Tokens on Connected Blockchains
ZETA tokens on EVM-compatible connected blockchains (like Ethereum, Polygon and
BSC) are implemented as
tokens. You can find the contract addresses of the
zetaToken on a connected
blockchain on the testnet page.
Sending ZETA from Goerli to ZetaChain:
npx hardhat send-zeta --amount 1 --network goerli_testnet --destination zeta_testnet
Note that as a result of the
send-zeta command above you will receive native
ZETA on ZetaChain already unwrapped.
Sending ZETA from Goerli to BSC testnet:
npx hardhat send-zeta --amount 1 --network goerli_testnet --destination bsc_testnet
Acquiring ZETA on ZetaChain
One way to accquire ZETA on ZetaChain is to swap native gas tokens (like gETH)
on a connected chain's (like Goerli) Uniswap for ZETA. Use the
contract address on the connected chain of choice to add
it to Uniswap's UI, swap gETH for ZETA, then
send ZETA to ZetaChain using the
send-zeta command described above.
Foreign Tokens on ZetaChain
Native gas tokens of connected blockchains (like gETH, tMATIC, tBNB, and tBTC) are represented on ZetaChain as ZRC-20. ZRC-20 is an extension of ERC-20 that allows depositing tokens to and withdrawing tokens from ZetaChain.
To deposit tokens to ZetaChain, send them to the
tss address on a connected chain. To withdraw native gas
tokens from ZetaChain, call the
withdraw method of the ZRC-20 contract.
Depositing gETH to ZetaChain as ZRC-20:
npx hardhat send-zrc20 --amount 1 --network goerli_testnet --destination zeta_testnet
Withdrawing ZRC-20 from ZetaChain go Goerli as gETH:
npx hardhat send-zrc20 --amount 1 --network zeta_testnet --destination goerli_testnet
tBTC is represented on ZetaChain as ZRC-20 as well. To deposit tBTC to ZetaChain
you need to send it to the
tss address on the Bitcoin
testnet with the recipient's address encoded in the memo. Learn more about this
in the Bitcoin section.
Depositing tBTC from the Bitcoin testnet to ZetaChain:
npx hardhat send-btc --amount 1 --recipient <TSS_ADDRESS> --memo <RECIPIENT_ADDRESS>