Sway Quickstart

Follow this guide to write and deploy a simple smart contract in Sway.

Check out the Developer Quickstart Guide for a step-by-step guide on building a fullstack dapp on Fuel. The guide will walk you through writing a smart contract, setting up a wallet, and building a frontend to interact with your contract.


Before we begin, it may be helpful to understand terminology that will used throughout the docs and how they relate to each other:

  • Fuel: the Fuel blockchain.
  • FuelVM: the virtual machine powering Fuel.
  • Sway: the domain-specific language crafted for the FuelVM; it is inspired by Rust.
  • Forc: the build system and package manager for Sway, similar to Cargo for Rust.

Understand Sway Program Types

There are four types of Sway programs:

  • contract
  • predicate
  • script
  • library

Contracts, predicates, and scripts can produce artifacts usable on the blockchain, while a library is simply a project designed for code reuse and is not directly deployable.

See the chapter on program types for more information.

Your First Sway Project

We'll build a simple counter contract with two functions: one to increment the counter, and one to return the value of the counter.

A few pieces of info that will be helpful before moving on:

  • The main features of a smart contract that differentiate it from scripts or predicates are that it is callable and stateful.
  • A script is runnable bytecode on the chain which can call contracts to perform some task. It does not represent ownership of any resources and it cannot be called by a contract.

Writing the Contract

First, let's install the Fuel toolchain. Then with forc installed, create a contract project:

forc new counter_contract

Here is the project that Forc has initialized:

$ cd counter_contract
$ tree .
├── Forc.toml
└── src
    └── main.sw

Forc.toml is the manifest file (similar to Cargo.toml for Cargo or package.json for Node), and defines project metadata such as the project name and dependencies.

We'll be writing our code in the src/main.sw.

cd (change directories) into your contract project and delete the boilerplate code in src/main.sw. Every Sway file must start with a declaration of what type of program the file contains; here, we've declared that this file is a contract.


Next, we'll define a storage value. In our case, we have a single counter that we'll call counter of type 64-bit unsigned integer and initialize it to 0.

storage {
    counter: u64 = 0,


An ABI defines an interface, and there is no function body in the ABI. A contract must either define or import an ABI declaration and implement it. It is considered best practice to define your ABI in a separate library and import it into your contract because this allows callers of the contract to import and use the ABI in scripts to call your contract.

For simplicity, we will define the ABI natively in the contract.

abi Counter {
    #[storage(read, write)]
    fn increment();

    fn counter() -> u64;

Going line by line

#[storage(read, write)] is an annotation which denotes that this function has permission to read and write a value in storage.

fn increment() - We're introducing the functionality to increment and denoting it shouldn't return any value.

#[storage(read)] is an annotation which denotes that this function has permission to read values in storage.

fn counter() -> u64; - We're introducing the functionality to increment the counter and denoting the function's return value.

Implement ABI

Below your ABI definition, you will write the implementation of the functions defined in your ABI.

impl Counter for Contract {
    fn counter() -> u64 {
      return storage.counter;
    #[storage(read, write)]
    fn increment() {
        storage.counter = storage.counter + 1;

Note return storage.counter; is equivalent to storage.counter.

What we just did

Read and return the counter property value from the contract storage.

fn counter() -> u64 {
    return storage.counter;

The function body accesses the value counter in storage, and increments the value by one. Then, we return the newly updated value of counter.

fn increment() {
    storage.counter = storage.counter + 1;

Build the Contract

Build counter_contract by running the following command in your terminal from inside the counter_contract directory:

forc build

You should see something like this output:

Compiled library "core".
  Compiled library "std".
  Compiled contract "counter_contract".
  Bytecode size is 224 bytes.

Deploy the Contract

It's now time to deploy the contract and call it on a Fuel node. We will show how to do this using forc from the command line, but you can also do it using the Rust SDK or the TypeScript SDK

Spin Up a Fuel node

In a separate tab in your terminal, spin up a local Fuel node:

fuel-core run --db-type in-memory

This starts a Fuel node with a volatile database that will be cleared when shut down (good for testing purposes).

Deploy counter_contract To Your Local Fuel Node

Note If you want to deploy your contract to the testnet instead of to a local Fuel node, check out the Developer Quickstart Guide.

To deploy counter_contract on your local Fuel node, open a new terminal tab and run the following command from the root of the wallet_contract directory:

Note You will require the plugin forc-wallet in order to sign your transactions.

forc deploy --unsigned

where --url parameter is the URL where your local node is hosted.

Note You can't use the same terminal session that is running fuel-core to run any other commands as this will end your fuel-core process.

This should produce some output in stdout that looks like this:

$ forc deploy --unsigned
  Compiled library "core".
  Compiled library "std".
  Compiled contract "counter_contract".
  Bytecode size is 224 bytes.
Contract id: 0xaf94c0a707756caae667ee43ca18bace441b25998c668010192444a19674dc4f

Note the contract ID — you will need it if you want to build out a frontend to interact with this contract.

If forc-deploy emits a no such subcommand error, try to install it with fuelup or manually.

Testing Your Contract

We will cover how to test your contract later but, if you are eager to take a look, see Unit Testing and Testing with Rust.

Next Steps

Now that you've written a smart contract with Sway and deployed it to a local Fuel node, try out building a fullstack dapp deployed to the testnet. A step-by-step guide to write your smart contract, deploy to testnet, set up a wallet, and build a frontend can be found in the Developer Quickstart Guide.