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Welcome to Project AuroraΒΆ

Here be dragons

This documentation is a work in progress and may contain incomplete, inaccurate, or outdated information.

Aurora is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) on the NEAR Protocol blockchain, delivering a turn-key solution for developers to operate their apps on an Ethereum-compatible, high-throughput, scalable, and future-safe platform, with low transaction costs for their users.

Aurora provides the Ethereum 1.0 development experience, with layer-2-like speed and scalability. If you are an Ethereum developer, getting starting on Aurora is as easy as changing the RPC endpoint you interact with. If you're ready to dive in check out our Develop page for more information.

The capabilities of Aurora are possible because it is built on top of NEAR. NEAR is a modern layer-1 blockchain which is fast (2-3 second transaction finalization), scalable, and carbon neutral.

Even though NEAR is a separate blockchain from Ethereum, Aurora aims for full compatibility with Ethereum development tools such as Truffle and Hardhat. Additionally, NEAR's trustless bridge to Ethereum means even the assets on Aurora are the same as Ethereum. For example, account balances in Aurora's EVM are denominated in the same Ether (ETH) as on Ethereum itself.

Still have questions? Check out our answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).