A curated list of awesome projects and resources related to the Substrate blockchain development framework.

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Substrate is a framework for building upgradable, modular and efficient blockchains. Substrate is an open-source library of Rust code that is maintained by Parity Technologies.


Official Resources


Workshops & Demos

  • UTXO Workshop - Use Substrate to implement a Bitcoin-like chain.
  • Cumulus Wokshop - Build a parachain with Cumulus.
  • Enterprise Sample - A fully-featured sample that uses a supply chain use case to demonstrate Substrate's rich set of capabilities.

Community Resources

Community Resources - Guides


  • FRAME - An idiomatic system for building Substrate runtimes.
  • ink! - Smart contract language for Substrate chains.
  • Cumulus - Simplified Polkadot-compatible parachains.
  • Bridges - A collection of tools for cross-chain communication.
  • Frontier - End-to-end Ethereum emulation for Substrate chains.
  • Polkadot-JS - Rich framework for front-end development.
  • SubstraTEE - Trusted off-chain execution framework that uses Intel SGX trusted execution environments.
  • FRAME Benchmarking - The official benchmarking framework for the FRAME system for runtime development.


  • Node - A fresh FRAME-based node, ready for hacking.
  • Pallet - Easily create pluggable blockchain capabilities.
  • Parachain - A new Cumulus-based Substrate node, ready for hacking (see 'Cumulus' under Frameworks for more info).
  • Front-End - Use the Polkadot-JS API and React to build front-ends for Substrate-based chains.


Client Libraries

Ecosystem Tools

  • Polkadot-JS Apps UI - Semi-official block explorer & front-end for Substrate-based chains.
  • Polkadot-JS Extension - Browser extension for interacting with Substrate-based chains.
  • Sidecar - REST service that runs alongside Substrate nodes.
  • Archive - Indexing engine for Substrate chains.
  • TxWrapper - Helpful library for offline transaction creation.
  • Subkey - Command line utility for working with cryptographic keys.
  • Polkascan - Multi-chain block explorer maintained by Polkascan Foundation.
  • VSCode Substrate - Official plugin for Visual Studio Code.
  • Parity Signer - Upcycle an unused mobile phone into an air-gapped hardware wallet.
  • Fork Off Substrate - Script to help bootstrap a new chain with the state of a running chain.
  • Substrate debug-kit - A collection of tools and libraries for debugging Substrate-based chains, including offline-election, which is a tool that is used to predict nominated proof-of-stake elections.
  • sup - Command line tool for generating or upgrading a Substrate node.
  • Substrate Dev Hub Utils - Unofficial utilities for working with official Substrate Developer Hub resources.
  • Subscan - Multi-network explorer for Substrate-based chains.
  • Substrate Docker Builders - A set of Dockerfiles and GitHub Actions to auto-build and push a Docker image for Substrate-based chains.
  • Halva - A toolchain for improving the experience of developing on Substrate.
  • offchain::ipfs - Substrate infused with IPFS.
  • Gantree Library - A suite of technologies for managing Substrate-powered parachain networks via rapid spin-up & tear-down.
  • Redspot - A Truffle-like toolkit for smart contracts for the FRAME Contracts pallet.
  • Proxy Hot Wallet Demo - A demonstration of a secure, convenient, and flexible hot wallet architecture built on Substrate primitives.
  • Substrate Faucet Bot - Python-based faucet for development purposes.
  • Hydra - A GraphQL framework for Substrate nodes with a hosted playground. Check out the great docs.
  • Substrate Graph - GraphQL indexer for Substrate-based chains.
  • Megaclite - Zero-knowledge tools for the Polkadot ecosystem.
  • Europa - A sandbox for the Substrate runtime execution environment.
  • Jupiter - Testnet for smart contracts written for the FRAME Contracts pallet.
  • Staking Rewards Collector - A script to parse and output staking rewards for a given Kusama or Polkadot address and cross-reference them with daily price data.
  • polkadot-launch - Simple CLI tool to launch a local Polkadot test network.
  • substrate-js-utils - A set of useful Javascript utilities for Substrate using Polkadot.js API.
  • substrate-graph-benchmarks - Graph the benchmark output of FRAME pallets.
  • substrate-balance-calculator - Breakdown the balances of your Substrate account.
  • substrate-balance-graph - Create a graph of the token balance over time of a Substrate address.
  • polkadot-js-bundle - A standalone JS bundle that contains Polkadot{JS} libraries.
  • substrate-staking - A basic front-end for the FRAME Society pallet.
  • - Scalable, decentralized database, file storage, and computation services for Substrate chains and more.

Alternative Implementations


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