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What's an NFT?

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are digital certificates of ownership for digital assets. These digital certificates are published into an NEP-171 token, and once written, they're secured on the blockchain.

To create NFTs, the identifying information for these unique digital assets must be recorded on a smart contract. The information on the smart contract is what makes an NFT unique. Anything can be turned into an NFT, with the most popular being videos, media files, or images.

NFTs are inherently different from fungible assets like Bitcoin because bitcoins can be exchanged, meaning you can send or receive coins without any hitches. Fungible assets are also divisible, allowing you to send smaller amounts. Non-fungible assets are indivisible. For example, you can’t send someone a part of a painting or a ticket.

A non-fungible asset has a distinct property or properties that set it apart from other assets. Non-fungible tokens are based on non-fungible assets and are unique digital assets that use blockchain technology. An example of a non-fungible asset can be a unique painting or limited edition collectibles.


Minting NFTs on NEAR is fast, and costs a negligible fee. If you'd like to build NFTs on NEAR, check out this contract example to help you get started. Our develper documentation contains a more detailed minting tutorial, if you'd like more information about developing an NFT minting contract on NEAR.

NFT projects on NEAR allow you to mint NFTs, exchange NFTs, or use NFTs in dApps. You can store the NFTs that you mint, or receive in your NEAR wallet. The number of NFT projects on NEAR is rapidly growing because of the many different use-cases for NFTs. Have a look at the community-run resource AwesomeNEAR to find exciting NFT projects on NEAR.