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In this tutorial you'll continue building your non-fungible token (NFT) smart contract, and learn how to implement perpetual royalties into your NFTs. This will allow people to get a percentage of the purchase price when an NFT is sold.


By now, you should have a fully fledged NFT contract, except for the royalties support. To get started, either switch to the 5.approval branch from our GitHub repository, or continue your work from the previous tutorials.

git checkout 5.approval

If you wish to see the finished code for this Royalty tutorial, you can find it on the 6.royalty branch.

Thinking about the problem​

In order to implement the functionality, you first need to understand how NFTs are sold. In the previous tutorial, you saw how someone with an NFT could list it on a marketplace using the nft_approve function by passing in a message that could be properly decoded. When a user purchases your NFT on the marketplace, what happens?

Using the knowledge you have now, a reasonable conclusion would be to say that the marketplace transfers the NFT to the buyer by performing a cross-contract call and invokes the NFT contract's nft_transfer method. Once that function finishes, the marketplace would pay the seller for the correct amount that the buyer paid.

Let's now think about how this can be expanded to allow for a cut of the pay going to other accounts that aren't just the seller.

Expanding the current solution​

Since perpetual royalties will be on a per-token basis, it's safe to assume that you should be changing the Token and JsonToken structs. You need some way of keeping track of what percentage each account with a royalty should have. If you introduce a map of an account to an integer, that should do the trick.

Now, you need some way to relay that information to the marketplace. This method should be able to transfer the NFT exactly like the old solution but with the added benefit of telling the marketplace exactly what accounts should be paid what amounts. If you implement a method that transfers the NFT and then calculates exactly what accounts get paid and to what amount based on a passed-in balance, that should work nicely.

This is what the royalty standards outlined. Let's now move on and modify our smart contract to introduce this behavior.

Modifications to the contract​

The first thing you'll want to do is add the royalty information to the structs. Open the nft-contract/src/ file and add royalty to the Token struct:

pub royalty: HashMap<AccountId, u32>,

Second, you'll want to add royalty to the JsonToken struct as well:

pub royalty: HashMap<AccountId, u32>,

Internal helper function​


To simplify the payout calculation, let's add a helper royalty_to_payout function to src/ This will convert a percentage to the actual amount that should be paid. In order to allow for percentages less than 1%, you can give 100% a value of 10,000. This means that the minimum percentage you can give out is 0.01%, or 1. For example, if you wanted the account benji.testnet to have a perpetual royalty of 20%, you would insert the pair "benji.testnet": 2000 into the payout map.


If you were to use the royalty_to_payout function and pass in 2000 as the royalty_percentage and an amount_to_pay of 1 NEAR, it would return a value of 0.2 NEAR.



Let's now implement a method to check what accounts will be paid out for an NFT given an amount, or balance. Open the nft-contract/src/ file, and modify the nft_payout function as shown.


This function will loop through the token's royalty map and take the balance and convert that to a payout using the royalty_to_payout function you created earlier. It will give the owner of the token whatever is left from the total royalties. As an example:

You have a token with the following royalty field:

Token {
owner_id: "damian",
royalty: {
"benji": 1000,
"josh": 500,
"mike": 2000

If a user were to call nft_payout on the token and pass in a balance of 1 NEAR, it would loop through the token's royalty field and insert the following into the payout object:

Payout {
payout: {
"benji": 0.1 NEAR,
"josh": 0.05 NEAR,
"mike": 0.2 NEAR

At the very end, it will insert damian into the payout object and give him 1 NEAR - 0.1 - 0.05 - 0.2 = 0.65 NEAR.


Now that you know how payouts are calculated, it's time to create the function that will transfer the NFT and return the payout to the marketplace.


Perpetual royalties​

To add support for perpetual royalties, let's edit the src/ file. First, add an optional parameter for perpetual royalties. This is what will determine what percentage goes to which accounts when the NFT is purchased. You will also need to create and insert the royalty to be put in the Token object:


Next, you can use the CLI to query the new nft_payout function and validate that it works correctly.

Adding royalty object to struct implementations​

Since you've added a new field to your Token and JsonToken structs, you need to edit your implementations accordingly. Move to the nft-contract/src/ file and edit the part of your internal_transfer function that creates the new Token object:


Once that's finished, move to the nft-contract/src/ file. You need to edit your implementation of nft_token so that the JsonToken sends back the new royalty information.


Deploying the contract​

As you saw in the previous tutorial, adding changes like these will cause problems when redeploying. Since these changes affect all the other tokens and the state won't be able to automatically be inherited by the new code, simply redeploying the contract will lead to errors. For this reason, you'll create a new sub-account again.

Creating a sub-account​

Run the following command to create a sub-account royalty of your main account with an initial balance of 25 NEAR which will be transferred from the original to your new account.

near create-account royalty.$NFT_CONTRACT_ID --masterAccount $NFT_CONTRACT_ID --initialBalance 25

Next, you'll want to export an environment variable for ease of development:


Using the build script, build the deploy the contract as you did in the previous tutorials:

yarn build && near deploy --wasmFile out/main.wasm --accountId $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID

Initialization and minting​

Since this is a new contract, you'll need to initialize and mint a token. Use the following command to initialize the contract:

near call $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID new_default_meta '{"owner_id": "'$ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID'"}' --accountId $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID

Next, you'll need to mint a token. By running this command, you'll mint a token with a token ID "royalty-token" and the receiver will be your new account. In addition, you're passing in a map with two accounts that will get perpetual royalties whenever your token is sold.

near call $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID nft_mint '{"token_id": "royalty-token", "metadata": {"title": "Royalty Token", "description": "testing out the new royalty extension of the standard", "media": ""}, "receiver_id": "'$ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID'", "perpetual_royalties": {"benjiman.testnet": 2000, "mike.testnet": 1000, "josh.testnet": 500}}' --accountId $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID --amount 0.1

You can check to see if everything went through properly by calling one of the enumeration functions:

near view $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID nft_tokens_for_owner '{"account_id": "'$ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID'", "limit": 10}'

This should return an output similar to the following:

"token_id": "royalty-token",
"owner_id": "royalty.goteam.examples.testnet",
"metadata": {
"title": "Royalty Token",
"description": "testing out the new royalty extension of the standard",
"media": "",
"media_hash": null,
"copies": null,
"issued_at": null,
"expires_at": null,
"starts_at": null,
"updated_at": null,
"extra": null,
"reference": null,
"reference_hash": null
"approved_account_ids": {},
"royalty": {
"josh.testnet": 500,
"benjiman.testnet": 2000,
"mike.testnet": 1000

Notice how there's now a royalty field that contains the 3 accounts that will get a combined 35% of all sales of this NFT? Looks like it works! Go team :)

NFT payout​

Let's calculate the payout for the "royalty-token" NFT, given a balance of 100 yoctoNEAR. It's important to note that the balance being passed into the nft_payout function is expected to be in yoctoNEAR.

near view $ROYALTY_NFT_CONTRACT_ID nft_payout '{"token_id": "royalty-token", "balance": "100", "max_len_payout": 100}'

This command should return an output similar to the following:

payout: {
'josh.testnet': '5',
'royalty.goteam.examples.testnet': '65',
'mike.testnet': '10',
'benjiman.testnet': '20'

If the NFT was sold for 100 yoctoNEAR, josh would get 5, benji would get 20, mike would get 10, and the owner, in this case royalty.goteam.examples.testnet would get the rest: 65.


At this point you have everything you need for a fully functioning NFT contract to interact with marketplaces. The last remaining standard that you could implement is the events standard. This allows indexers to know what functions are being called and makes it easier and more reliable to keep track of information that can be used to populate the collectibles tab in the wallet for example.


If you want to see the finished code from this tutorial, you can checkout the 6.royalty branch.

Versioning for this article

At the time of this writing, this example works with the following versions:

  • near-cli: 3.0.0
  • NFT standard: NEP171, version 1.0.0
  • Enumeration standard: NEP181, version 1.0.0
  • Royalties standard: NEP199, version 2.0.0