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Run squids with Ganache or Hardhat


Here we show how it is possible to index an Ethereum development node running locally. This is useful for those who want to start developing a squid ETL or API in a local environment without waiting for the contract to be deployed to a testnet.



In this tutorial we will be using a layout in which the squid and the Hardhat/Ganache setup share the same folder. Create a new squid by running:

sqd init ethereum-local-indexing -t evm

Here, ethereum-local-indexing is the project name and evm refers to the evm template.

Install the dependencies and update evm-processor and typeorm-store to their ArrowSquid versions:

cd ethereum-local-indexing
npm i
npm i @subsquid/evm-processor@next @subsquid/typeorm-store@next

Next, we set up a local EVM development environment. We consider two common options: Hardhat and Ganache.

If you chose Hardhat

Install the package.

1. Create project

In a terminal, navigate to the squid project root folder. Prepare it by running

mv tsconfig.json

This will prevent collisions between Subsquid and Hardhat files.

Next, run

npx hardhat

to initialize the Hardhat project. When prompted, choose TypeScript project and keep all other options at defaults. Finally, overwrite tsconfig.json provided by Hardhat:

mv tsconfig.json

2. Configure Hardhat automining

Then, open the hardhat.config.ts and replace the HardhatUserConfig object with this one:

const config: HardhatUserConfig = {
defaultNetwork: "hardhat",
networks: {
hardhat: {
chainId: 1337,
mining: {
auto: false,
interval: [4800, 5200]
solidity: "0.8.17",

The mining configuration will continuously mine blocks, even if no events or transactions are executed. This can be useful for debugging. You can read more about it on hardhat official documentation.

3. Sample contract

There should be a contracts subfolder in the project folder now, with a sample contract named Lock.sol. To compile this contract and verify its correctness, run

npx hardhat compile

You should find the contract's ABI at artifacts/contracts/Lock.sol/Lock.json. We will use this file in squid development.

4. Launch hardhat node

From the project root folder, run

npx hardhat node

5. Deploy the contract

The node will keep the console window busy. In a different terminal, run this command:

npx hardhat run scripts/deploy.ts --network localhost

If the contract deployed successfully, the output should look like

Lock with 1 ETH and unlock timestamp 1704810454 deployed to 0x5FbDB2315678afecb367f032d93F642f64180aa3

Take note of the contract address, you'll need it later.

If you chose Ganache

Install Truffle and Ganache packages.

1. Truffle project, sample contract

Let's create a new truffle project with a sample contract. In the project main folder run

truffle unbox metacoin

Compile the contracts with

truffle compile

You should find the contract's ABI at build/contracts/MetaCoin.json. It will be useful for indexing.

2. Create a workspace

Launch the Ganache tool and select the New Workspace (Ethereum) option.

Create workspace

Next, provide a name for the workspace and link the Truffle project we just created to it. To do that, click Add project and select the truffle-config.js file in the project root folder. Finally, select the Server tab at the top.

Provide name

In this window, change the server configuration to the exact values reported in this image.

Server configuration

The AUTOMINE option is disabled to ease the debugging.

Finally, click "Start" to launch the blockchain emulator.

3. Deploy a smart contract

Configure Truffle by uncommenting the development section in truffle-config.js and setting its properties as follows:

    development: {
host: "", // Localhost (default: none)
port: 8545, // Standard Ethereum port (default: none)
network_id: "1337", // Any network (default: none)

Deploy the sample smart contract by running

truffle migrate

Log information similar to this should be displayed:

   Deploying 'MetaCoin'
> transaction hash: 0xcdb820827306ebad7c6905d750d07536c3db93f4ef76fd777180bdac16eaa2ca
> Blocks: 1 Seconds: 4
> contract address: 0xd095211a90268241D75919f12397b389b1062f6F
> block number: 329
> block timestamp: 1673277461
> account: 0x131D37F433BAf649111278c1d6E59843fFB26D28
> balance: 99.98855876
> gas used: 414494 (0x6531e)
> gas price: 20 gwei
> value sent: 0 ETH
> total cost: 0.00828988 ETH

> Saving artifacts
> Total cost: 0.01144124 ETH

Take note of the contract address, you'll need it later.

Squid development

The indexing setup is ready to use. To test it, replace the contents of src/processor.ts with the following.

import {TypeormDatabase} from '@subsquid/typeorm-store'
import {EvmBatchProcessor} from '@subsquid/evm-processor'

const processor = new EvmBatchProcessor()
transaction: {
contractAddress: true
}) TypeormDatabase(), async (ctx) => {
for (let blk of ctx.blocks) {
for (let txn of blk.transactions) {

This defines a squid that retrieves all chain transactions from the local node RPC endpoint without filtering, making sure to retrieve the addresses of the deployed contracts for deployment transactions. Run the squid with

sqd up
sqd process

You should see the data of one (for Hardhat) or two (for Truffle+Ganache) contract deployment transactions printed to your terminal.

Now you can develop a Subsquid-based indexer alongside your contracts. Head over to the dedicated tutorial for guidance on squid development. Use the contract's ABI (here or here) and contract address (here and here) from previous steps and be mindful that the data source of the processor class needs to be set to the local node RPC endpoint, as in the example above:

// ...
// ...

You can also set the data source through an environment variable like it is done in this complete end-to-end project example (outdated, but still useful). This will make sure the project code stays the same and only the environment variables change depending on where the project is deployed.