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What is NEAR?

NEAR is a user-friendly and carbon-neutral blockchain, built from the ground up to be performant, secure, and infinitely scalable.

In technical terms, NEAR is a layer one, sharded, proof-of-stake blockchain built with usability in mind.

In simple terms, NEAR is blockchain for everyone.


Why Choosing NEAR?​

NEAR has been developed with a focus on performance and usability, both for developers and users.

Simple to Use​

  1. Uses human-readable accounts (e.g. alice.near).
  2. Leverages a web-based wallet, no need for uses to install programs or browser extensions.
  3. Possess a simple yet rich system of Access Keys to handle account permissions.

Fast and Environmentally Friendly​

  1. Transactions are incredibly fast (~1s transactions) and cheap _(<1¢ in fees).
  2. The network is certified carbon-neutral.
  3. NEAR consumes in a year the same energy bitcoin consumes in 3 minutes.

Great Developer Experience​

  1. Enables making smart contracts using Javascript or Rust.
  2. Simple onboarding, thanks to its complete documentation and a multitude of examples.
  3. NEAR DevRel holds office hours every weekday, where anybody can participate.
  4. 30% of gas fees goes to the developers.
  5. Project funding available through our Grants Program.

A Technical Marvel​

  1. Scales infinitely and resists short-term usage spikes thanks to its sharding.
  2. Interoperable with Ethereum using Rainbow Bridge (first trustless bridge ever created).
  3. EVM compatible with Project Aurora (Deploy your Solidity contracts with ease).