Verifying Contracts Using the Tenderly Hardhat Plugin
This guide covers contract verification using the Tenderly Hardhat plugin. It explores how to verify contracts via code which can be checked into source control.
When it comes to the Tenderly Hardhat plugin, there are 3 ways to verify your Smart Contracts:
  • Automatic: The verification happens seamlessly just after the contract is deployed. You donโ€™t have to take any additional steps.
  • Simple manual: You need to call the verification explicitly (tenderly.verify()), which requires you to pass a minimal configuration object: the name and the address.
  • Advanced manual: You must call the verification explicitly (tenderly.verifyAPI()). This requires you to pass a very detailed configuration object: all the contracts involved, their source, the addresses theyโ€™re deployed at, all the libraries used, and Solidity compiler configuration.
Before starting the process of verification using one of these methods, you need to set up your development environment.
You can find a demo project on Git, showing different configuration options and possible ways to verify Smart Contracts.

Setting up the environment

To use a specific Tenderly contract verification method, you need a Hardhat project and a Tenderly API key.
  • Start off with an empty Hardhat project and follow along with the guides.
  • Alternatively, take a look at the complete example project on Git.
  • Next, authenticate with Tenderly. You can authenticate in two ways:
    • Recommended option: Login using Tenderly CLIโ€‹
    • Generate an API key in the Dashboard and place it in ~/.tenderly/config.yaml under access_key.

Installing the Tenderly Hardhat plugin

Once you set up your environment, install the Tenderly plugin for Hardhat:
npm install --save-dev @tenderly/hardhat-tenderly
Tenderly Hardhat plugin creates a deployments directory where it stores intermediary information about deployments. It's not necessary to keep it in VCS.
cat >> .gitignore <<EOF
# hardhat-tenderly plugin
After installing the Tenderly package, go to hardhat.config.js (or hardhat.config.ts if youโ€™re using TypeScript), import the Tenderly Hardhat library and initialize the plugin by calling setup.
import * as tdly from "@tenderly/hardhat-tenderly";
Take a look at the complete Hardhat config file.
For now, remember itโ€™s important to call tenderly.setup() so the plugin initializes. The plugin is in the automatic verification mode by default. In the case you wish to go for manual verification, pass a configuration argument:
tdly.setup({ automaticVerifications: false });

Using an example contract

The following examples use a simple contract automatically generated when you start a new Hardhat project - Greeter:
//SPDX-License-Identifier: Unlicense
pragma solidity ^0.8.9;
import "hardhat/console.sol";
contract Greeter {
string private greeting;
constructor(string memory _greeting) {
console.log("Deploying a Greeter with greeting:", _greeting);
greeting = _greeting;
function greet() public view returns (string memory) {
return greeting;
function setGreeting(string memory _greeting) public {
console.log("Changing greeting from '%s' to '%s'", greeting, _greeting);
greeting = _greeting;