Build a Crowdfunding platform on Solana

Learn how to create and deploy a Crowdfunding dApp on Solana
IntermediateReactJavascriptRust1.5 hours
Written by Sushant Chandla


We are going to make a CrowdFunding platform like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo. Our DApp will let people create campaings, Donate SOL to existing campaings and payout to the compaign creator. We are going to make a Solana program and connect it with our front-end application.


  • React
  • Javascript


The following software is required to complete this tutorial:
  • Git, install it from HERE.
  • Solana CLI, install it from HERE.
  • The Rust toolchain, install it from HERE.
  • Node.js (v14.18.1+), install it from HERE.

Introduction to Rust

Rust is a multi-paradigm, high-level, general-purpose programming language designed for performance and safety, especially safe concurrency.
Rust code uses snake case as the conventional style for function and variable names.

Installing Rust on your system

You can follow this this link for your operating system.
Before we start the tutorial, we need to understand some basics of Rust. I have added the link to the Rust book pages if you want to read more about any topic.

Basics Data types in Rust

Rust has four primary scalar types: integers, floating-point numbers, Booleans, and characters. Integers are u8,u32, i32, i64, usize, and the list goes on here basically u prefix suggests that we have an unsigned integer and the suffix number tell the number of bits. So u8 is an unsigned 8-bit number(0 to 255).
We have f32 and f64 for floating-point numbers. bool for booleans, and char for characters. Rust has 2 types for strings, str and String. String is a growable, heap-allocated data structure. str is an immutable fixed-length string somewhere in memory.
Read more on Rust book.

Creating a variable and mutability

We can create a variable with the let keyword
// The compiler identifies the Rvalue as i32, so it sets the type of variable to i32 let a=0;
we can also set the data type for a variable, eg.
let a :u8 = 0;
In Rust, all the variables are immutable by default. Which means their value can not be changed once set. And here comes the mut keyword. We can initialize the variable with let mut to have a mutable variable. eg.
// This program will compile let mut a = 0; a=a+1; a=100;
Read more on Rust book.

Control flow

We can use if else statement in Rust just like we can do in other language, here is a small program for us to understand the syntax.
fn main(){ let a=99; if a%2==0{ println!("Even"); } else{ println!("Odd"); } }
We also have loops in Rust. We can create a loop with 3 keywords loop, for, and while. Since for is most common. Here is an example of it. You can checkout example for loop and while here.
fn main() { for i in 0..7 { // 0..7 is range expression including 0 excluding 7. println!("variable `i` is : {}", i); } }
Read more on Rust book.

Functions and Macros

Function definitions in Rust start with fn and have a set of parentheses after the function name. The curly brackets tell the compiler where the function body begins and ends.
fn main() { another_function(5); another_function_with_x_and_y(1,2); } fn another_function(x: i32) {// input paramter and type println!("The value of x is: {}", x); } fn another_function_with_x_and_y(x: i32,y:i32) { println!("The value of x is: {} {}", x, y); }
For this tutorial, we can assume macros are also functions. They end with !, like println! macro, format! macro, and msg! macro.
Read more about functions on Rust book.

Enums and the match syntax

Rust has enums. They are more than simple enums other languages provide. In Rust, we can even store data in the enums. Here is the example of Result enum. We are going to make use of the Result enum in our program.
// Here the pub keyword means it is public. // We have used generics T and E for data and error type pub enum Result<T, E> { Ok(T), Err(E), }
Read more about enums on rust book.
Here is an enum and match example with an explanation of each line:
enum Coin { Penny, Nickel, Dime, Custom(i32), } // Creating a coin enums // notice how some values have no parameter // and how we can have an i32 value stored in `Custom` let coin=Coin::Custom(30); let coin2 =Coin::Nickel; // We can create instances like this let a = match coin { Coin::Penny => 1, Coin::Nickel => 5, Coin::Dime => 10, Coin::Custom(e) => e, }; // We can use the match syntax to know what type of coin we have // and set a corresponding value to the variable `a`. assert_eq!(a,30); // In this case a will be equal to 30 because coin is Custom with value 30.
Read more about match syntax in the Rust book.

Cargo and Borsh

Cargo is the Rust package manager. We use it to build our program and get dependencies. It also makes adding packages(crates) very easy. Read more about Cargo in the Rust book
Borsh stands for Binary Object Representation Serializer for Hashing. It is meant to be used in security-critical projects as it prioritizes consistency, safety, speed, and comes with a strict specification. We are using it for data serialization and deserialization. Read more about the carte on
This is all the Rust we would need to get started with our Solana program.

Solana program


  1. We create a React app. Open your projects directory in the terminal and run
npx create-react-app crowd-funding
This creates a React app for us.
  1. Now, we will create our program.
In your projects directory.
cd crowd-funding cargo new program --lib
This will create a new directory called program, which is a new Rust project generated by cargo.
  1. We will discuss the front-end side of the project later. Now we can open the program folder in VSCode.
  2. Create Xargo.toml in the program directory.
In your Xargo.toml
[target.bpfel-unknown-unknown.dependencies.std] features = []
  1. Update your Cargo.toml
[package] name = "program" version = "0.1.0" edition = "2018" [dependencies] solana-program = "1.7.14" borsh = "0.9.1" borsh-derive = "0.9.1" [features] no-entrypoint = [] [dev-dependencies] solana-program-test = "1.7.14" solana-sdk = "1.7.14" [lib] crate-type = ["cdylib", "lib"]
We have added all the dependencies we are going to need for our program. Run cargo check to get all the dependencies. We can now start working in src/ and start coding our program for the Solana blockchain.

What do we want in our program?

Before we start writing the code, let us discuss what entry points our crowdfunding app should have.
  • Create a Crowdfunding Campaign.
We would need an entry point that anyone can use to create a crowdfunding campaign on our platform. We can have a name, description, and admin fields for it.
  • Withdraw from the Campaign.
We would need an entry point for campaign administrators only, so they can withdraw funds.
  • Donate to a Campaign.
We would need an entry point that can be invoked by anyone to donate to a specific Campaign.
These are all the entry points we are going to need for our project. Let us discuss how we will be creating these.

Where can we store data?

Before we start we have to understand Solana programs don't have storage(contract storage you might be familiar with). Then how and where should we store our data.
Program accounts In Solana, data can only be stored in accounts. So we can create program-owned accounts to save the data.
One way to deal with this is to create an Account with very large storage. However if we do that, the maximum data limit for an account is 10 megabytes. If we have enough users, we would eventually run out of storage space. We must think of a way to increase the amount of storage we can use.
We can create as many program-owned accounts as we want, so the idea here is that we will have a size limit for every element in our map. And whenever we want to add a new element we will create a new program-owned account. Program-owned accounts are also called PDA(program-derived accounts).

Coding the program

Now that we have discussed what we want to create. Let start coding. Go ahead and open up the program folder in VSCode or your favorite IDE. File structure in the program directory should look like this.
file structure
Go ahead and open up the file in your code editor, and let us add some boilerplate code first.
You can see the completed code on github.
// First we include what we are going to need in our program. // This is the Rust style of importing things. // Remember we added the dependencies in cargo.toml // And from the `solana_program` crate we are including all the required things. use solana_program::{ account_info::{next_account_info, AccountInfo}, entrypoint, entrypoint::ProgramResult, msg, program_error::ProgramError, pubkey::Pubkey, rent::Rent, sysvar::Sysvar, }; // Every solana program has one entry point // And it is a convention to name it `process_instruction`. // It should take in program_id, accounts, instruction_data as parameters. fn process_instruction( // program id is nothing but the id of this program on the solana network. program_id: &Pubkey, // When we invoke our program we can // give meta data of all the account we // want to work with. // As you can see it is a array of AccountInfo. // We can provide as many as we want. accounts: &[AccountInfo], // This is the data we want to process our instruction for. // It is a list of 8 bitunsigned integers(0..255). instruction_data: &[u8], // Here we specify the return type. // If you know a little bit of typescript. // This was of writing types and returns types might we familiar to you. ) -> ProgramResult { // And then since we can't return null in Rust we pass `Ok(())` to make it compile // It means the program executed successfully. Ok(()) } // Then we call the entry point macro to add `process_instruction` as our entry point to our program. entrypoint!(process_instruction);
Here the line Ok(()) is equivalent to return Ok(());
In the code, I have mentioned there is only one entry point in the Solana program. But we want three as we discussed in the "What do we want in our program?" section. Let's fix this issue. Have you noticed there is no limit to the instruction_data array? We are going to take advantage of that fact. We use the first element of the array to know what entry point we want to call. Notice we can have 256 entry points like this in a single program (u8 has a value of 0..255). Realistically we never do that if in case we want that many entry points for a project. It is better to deploy more programs.
Okay, let's do more coding...
fn process_instruction( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult { // We check if We have a instruction_data len greater than 0 if it is not we do not want to procced. // So we return Error with InvalidInstructionData message. if instruction_data.len() == 0 { return Err(ProgramError::InvalidInstructionData); } /// Now we just check and call the function for each of them. // I have choosen 0 for create_campaign, // 1 for withdraw // 2 for donate. if instruction_data[0] == 0 { return create_campaign( program_id, accounts, /// Notice we pass program_id and accounts as they where // but we pass a reference to slice of [instruction_data]. /// we do not want the first element in any of our functions. &instruction_data[1..instruction_data.len()], ); } else if instruction_data[0] == 1 { return withdraw( program_id, accounts, &instruction_data[1..instruction_data.len()], ); } else if instruction_data[0] == 2 { return donate( program_id, accounts, &instruction_data[1..instruction_data.len()], ); } /// If instruction_data doesn't match we give an error. // Note I have used msg!() macro and passed a string here. // It is good to do this as this would // also get printed in the console window // if a program fails. msg!("Didn't find the entrypoint required"); Err(ProgramError::InvalidInstructionData) } entrypoint!(process_instruction); /// Here, I have created the function for every action we want to do in our program. /// They take in the same parameters as process_intruction and also have the same return type. fn create_campaign( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult { Ok(()) } fn withdraw( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult { Ok(()) } fn donate( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], _instruction_data: &[u8] ) -> ProgramResult { Ok(()) }

CampaignDetails struct

We will create a struct in Rust. We have not discussed structs above so, I will explain them here. In Rust, we do not have class. If we want to store more than 1 variable (group variables) we create a struct.
/// For an example, let us create human struct. #[derive(Debug)] struct Human { /// we can add all the fields in our struct here. /// we also have to specify the type of each variable. /// Like the [eyes_color] here is a `String` type object. pub eyes_color: String, pub name: String, pub height: i32, }
Now you must be wondering what is the meaning of #[derive(Debug)]. It is interesting to note that we can derive some traits for our struct.
Traits : A trait in Rust is a group of methods that are defined for a particular type.
Now let's code our CampaignDetails struct. I have added the fields name, admin, description, image_link,amount_donated for our Campaign.
#[derive(BorshSerialize, BorshDeserialize, Debug)] struct CampaignDetails { pub admin: Pubkey, pub name: String, pub description: String, pub image_link: String, /// we will be using this to know the total amount /// donated to a campaign. pub amount_donated: u64, }
We need to derive both BorshSerialize and BorshDeserialize. BorshSerialize is used to convert the struct into an array of u8, which is the data we can store in Solana accounts. It is also the data we have in instruction_data so we can deserialize that to a struct with the help of BorshDeserialize.
Code: At the top of the file import BorshSerialize and BorshDeserialize from the Borsh Crate.
use borsh::{BorshDeserialize, BorshSerialize};
Now let's add the code of our create_campaign function and the CampaignDetails Struct. I have added an explanation to each line in the code.
entrypoint!(process_instruction); /// We are creating the struct;. #[derive(BorshSerialize, BorshDeserialize, Debug)] struct CampaignDetails { pub admin: Pubkey, pub name: String, pub description: String, pub image_link: String, pub amount_donated: u64, } // All the fields are public, which means we can use the `.` Operator to get/set the values of the fields. fn create_campaign( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult { /// We create a iterator on accounts /// accounts parameter is the array of accounts related to this entrypoint let accounts_iter = &mut accounts.iter();
We can use the next_account_info function to get an account from the array. This function returns a result enum. We can use ? Operator on the result enum to get the value. If in case of an error the ? Operator will chain the error, and our program will return the same error which was returned by next_account_info.
Solana programs can only write data on a program-owned account. Note that writing_account is a program-owned account.
/// Writing account or we can call it program account. /// This is an account we will create in our front-end. /// This account should br owned by the solana program. let writing_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; /// Account of the person creating the campaign. let creator_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; // Now to allow transactions we want the creator account to sign the transaction. if !creator_account.is_signer { msg!("creator_account should be signer"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); } /// We want to write in this account so we want its owner by the program. if writing_account.owner != program_id { msg!("writing_account isn't owned by program"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); }
By deriving the trait BorshDeserialize in our CampaignDetails struct we have added a method try_from_slice which takes in the parameter array of u8 and creates an object of CampaignDetails with it. It gives us an enum of type results. We will use the expect method on result enums to and pass in the string which we can see in case of error.
let mut input_data = CampaignDetails::try_from_slice(&instruction_data) .expect("Instruction data serialization didn't worked"); // Now I want that for a campaign created the only admin should be the one who created it. // You can add additional logical here to check things like // The image url should not be null // The name shouldn't be smaller than some specific length... if input_data.admin != *creator_account.key { msg!("Invaild instruction data"); return Err(ProgramError::InvalidInstructionData); }
Solana accounts can have data, but size has to be specified when it is created. We need to have a minimum balance to make it rent exempt. For this project, we create an account that already has a balance equal to the minimum balance. You can read more about solana account and rent exemption here.
/// get the minimum balance we need in our program account. let rent_exemption = Rent::get()?.minimum_balance(writing_account.data_len()); /// And we make sure our program account (`writing_account`) has that much lamports(balance). if **writing_account.lamports.borrow() < rent_exemption { msg!("The balance of writing_account should be more then rent_exemption"); return Err(ProgramError::InsufficientFunds); } // Then we can set the initial amount donate to be zero. input_data.amount_donated=0;
If all goes well, we will write the writing_account. Here on our input_data variable (of type CampaignDetails), we have a method serialize. this is because of the BorshSerialize derivation. We will use this to write the data in a writing_account. At the end of the program, we can return Ok(()).
input_data.serialize(&mut &mut[..])?; Ok(()) }
Hurry! We are done with the first create_campaign function. Let's continue writing the contract and write the withdraw function next.

Withdraw function implementation.

For the withdraw function also, we create a struct to get the input data. In this case, input data is only the amount we want to withdraw.
#[derive(BorshSerialize, BorshDeserialize, Debug)] struct WithdrawRequest { pub amount: u64, }
Now let us write the function.
fn withdraw( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult {
For the withdraw also we will create iterator and get writing_account (which is the program owned account) and admin_account.
let accounts_iter = &mut accounts.iter(); let writing_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; let admin_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; // We check if the writing account is owned by program. if writing_account.owner != program_id { msg!("writing_account isn't owned by program"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); } // Admin account should be the signer in this trasaction. if !admin_account.is_signer { msg!("admin should be signer"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); }
Now we will get the data of campaign from the writing_account. Note that we stored this when we created the campaign with create_campaign function.
// Just like we used the try_from_slice for // instruction_data we will use it for the // writing_account's data. let campaign_data = CampaignDetails::try_from_slice(* .expect("Error deserializing data"); // Then we check if the admin_account's public key is equal to // the public key we have stored in our campaign_data. if campaign_data.admin != *admin_account.key { msg!("Only the account admin can withdraw"); return Err(ProgramError::InvalidAccountData); } // Here we make use of the struct we created. // We will get the amount of lamports admin wants to withdraw let input_data = WithdrawRequest::try_from_slice(&instruction_data) .expect("Instruction data serialization didn't worked");
We do not want the campaign to get deleted after a withdrawal. We want it to always have a minimum balance, So we calculate the rent_exemption and consider it.
let rent_exemption = Rent::get()?.minimum_balance(writing_account.data_len()); /// We check if we have enough funds if **writing_account.lamports.borrow() - rent_exemption < input_data.amount { msg!("Insufficent balance"); return Err(ProgramError::InsufficientFunds); } /// Transfer balance /// We will decrease the balance of the program account, and increase the admin_account balance. **writing_account.try_borrow_mut_lamports()? -= input_data.amount; **admin_account.try_borrow_mut_lamports()? += input_data.amount; Ok(()) }
We want to donate to a campaign, however we can't decrease the balance of an account not owned by our program in our program. This means we can't just transfer the balance as we did in the withdraw function. Solana policies state: "An account not assigned to the program cannot have its balance decrease."
So for this, we will create a program-owned account in our front-end and then perform the SOL token transaction.
fn donate( program_id: &Pubkey, accounts: &[AccountInfo], _instruction_data: &[u8], ) -> ProgramResult { let accounts_iter = &mut accounts.iter(); let writing_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; let donator_program_account = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?; let donator = next_account_info(accounts_iter)?;
We get 3 accounts here, first is the program-owned account containing the data of campaign we want to donate to. Then we have a donator_program_account which is also the program-owned account that only has the Lamport we would like to donate. Then we have the account of the donator.
if writing_account.owner != program_id { msg!("writing_account isn't owned by program"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); } if donator_program_account.owner != program_id { msg!("donator_program_account isn't owned by program"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); } if !donator.is_signer { msg!("donator should be signer"); return Err(ProgramError::IncorrectProgramId); }
Here we get the campaign_data and we will increment the amount_donated, as the total amount of data donated to this campaign will increase.
let mut campaign_data = CampaignDetails::try_from_slice(* .expect("Error deserializing data"); campaign_data.amount_donated += **donator_program_account.lamports.borrow();
Then we do the actual transaction. Note that the donator_program_account is owned by program so it can decrease its Lamports.
**writing_account.try_borrow_mut_lamports()? += **donator_program_account.lamports.borrow(); **donator_program_account.try_borrow_mut_lamports()? = 0;
Then at the end of the program we will write the new updated campaign_data to the writing_account's data field and return the result Ok(()).
campaign_data.serialize(&mut &mut[..])?; Ok(()) }
Hooray, We have completed our Solana program, Now we can go ahead and deploy it.

Deploy Solana program.

We are going to deploy the program on Devnet.
Solana Programs work on a BPF system, so we will compile our program into a compatible format.
We can use the handy package manager cargo to do this:
cargo build-bpf --manifest-path=Cargo.toml --bpf-out-dir=dist/program
We can use this command to create a build. In this command, the manifest-path should be the path of your Cargo.toml file. This will output the compiled program in Shared Object format (.so) in the dist/program directory.
Now that we have compiled our program we can deploy it.
You will need the Solana CLI installed.
We will create a new Solana account to deploy the program. Run the following command:
solana-keygen new -o keypair.json
The command will prompt you for a passphrase to secure the recovery seed phrase:
Generating a new keypair For added security, enter a BIP39 passphrase NOTE! This passphrase improves security of the recovery seed phrase NOT the keypair file itself, which is stored as insecure plain text BIP39 Passphrase (empty for none):
You can choose a passphrase or leave it empty. Continuing will provide both the public key of the account and the seed phrase used to create the private key:
Wrote new keypair to keypair.json ===================================================================== pubkey: 7WQDnydTTtyb2DsTuuFpeu2bDxQdpZMRc4R6qja1UzP ===================================================================== Save this seed phrase and your BIP39 passphrase to recover your new keypair: lemon avoid all erase chair acid fire govern glue outside wheel clock =====================================================================
Once complete you will have the keypair.json file, containing the private and public key of a new Solana account. It is important to keep your keypair safe. Do not commit this file to a remote code repository. It is best to add this file to a .gitignore to prevent this from happening.
Now we are going to request an airdrop of SOL tokens on the Solana Devnet. This command will add 1 SOL token to the account:
solana airdrop 1 <YourPublicKey> --url
solana airdrop 1 7WQDnydTTtyb2DsTuuFpeu2bDxQdpZMRc4R6qja1UzP --url
If you get insufficient balance while deploying, you can re-run the command to airdrop funds on Devnet.
Now we will use the following command to deploy. Note that the path of keypair.json and dist/program/ might be different in your case. Please check and then run the command.
solana deploy --keypair keypair.json dist/program/ --url
Hooray! we have deployed our program. We will get the program id as output.
Program Id: 286rapsUbvDe1ZgBeNhp37YHvEPwWPTr4Bkce4oMpUKT
We can verify this by checking on the Solana Explorer for Devnet.. We can search our program id here.
Hooray! We have completed everything to do with Rust for this tutorial and successfully deployed our program. Now, let us move forward and build the React app.

Front-end with Solana web3.js

We have created a React app, so we can open the crowd-funding directory in our code editor. This is not a React tutorial, so we will not go into the details of React. But I will be explaining what we are going to do.
Let's first clean our project. We will remove setupTests.js, reportWebVitals.js, logo.svg and app.test.js. Also remove the usage of reportWebVitals.js in index.js. Now the project should look like:
We will create a basic UI for the app. I have used sementic-ui to do that.
If you want the UI part only and continue on with integrating the Solana web3.js library, you can use the UI template I created for you from this GitHub branch.
@solana/web3.js Let us add the @solana/web3.js package.
yarn add @solana/web3.js
We will also use the @project-serum/sol-wallet-adapter package to connect our app with sollet wallet.
yarn add @project-serum/sol-wallet-adapter
And we will also need borsh for serialization and deserialization.
yarn add borsh
Let us create a new directory named solana in our crowd-funding/src directory. We will write all the Solana related code in this folder for easy reference.
Create a new file in the solana directory, index.js, and add the following code:
import Wallet from "@project-serum/sol-wallet-adapter"; import { Connection, SystemProgram, Transaction, PublicKey, TransactionInstruction } from "@solana/web3.js"; import { deserialize, serialize } from "borsh";
Solana calls its networks clusters, if you have by any chance deployed the program on testnet/mainnet, you will need to change the cluster variable to the URL for that cluster. Also update the programId, this should be the public key you got after deploying your program.
const cluster = ""; const connection = new Connection(cluster, "confirmed"); const wallet = new Wallet("", cluster); const programId= new PublicKey( "286rapsUbvDe1ZgBeNhp37YHvEPwWPTr4Bkce4oMpUKT" );
Next, create two helper functions: setPayerAndBlockhashTrasaction and signAndSendTrasaction. The setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction takes in instructions as parameters. instructions will contain all the instructions we want to perform in this transaction.
export async function setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction(instructions) { const transaction = new Transaction(); instructions.forEach(element => { transaction.add(element); }); transaction.feePayer = wallet.publicKey; let hash = await connection.getRecentBlockhash(); transaction.recentBlockhash = hash.blockhash; return transaction; }
setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction returns the transaction object containing the instructions and we can pass it to the signAndSendTransaction function to make our transaction.
export async function signAndSendTransaction(transaction) { try { console.log("start signAndSendTransaction"); let signedTrans = await wallet.signTransaction(transaction); console.log("signed transaction"); let signature = await connection.sendRawTransaction( signedTrans.serialize() ); console.log("end signAndSendTransaction"); return signature; } catch (err) { console.log("signAndSendTransaction error", err); throw err; } }

Writing a function to invoke create_campaign instruction.

We need to write a JavaScript implementation for the Rust struct CampaignDetails. We have created a class and we will call it CampaignDetails. For deserialization and serialization we have to create a schema for our class. We will create map, and match the types of each field. Note that PubKey type is nothing but a u8 array with length 32.
class CampaignDetails { constructor(properties) { Object.keys(properties).forEach((key) => { this[key] = properties[key]; }); } static schema = new Map([[CampaignDetails, { kind: 'struct', fields: [ ['admin', [32]], ['name', 'string'], ['description', 'string'], ['image_link', 'string'], ['amount_donated', 'u64']] }]]); }
Now we can write our createCampaign function. This function takes name,description and image_link as input parameters.
The first thing we will do it to add a call to checkWallet function.
export async function createCampaign( name, description, image_link ) { await checkWallet();
checkWallet function:
We will check if the wallet is connected or not, and connect if it isn't.
async function checkWallet() { if (!wallet.connected()) { await wallet.connect(); } }
We will create a pubkey for our program account which will contain the data of a campaign, this is writing_account we have used in our program.
const SEED = "abcdef" + Math.random().toString(); let newAccount = await PublicKey.createWithSeed( wallet.publicKey, SEED, programId );
Now we have created a publicKey. Note that we have not given an instruction to create an account yet.
Let us setup the campaignDetails we want to send to our program.
let campaign =new CampaignDetails({ name: name, description: description, image_link: image_link, admin: wallet.publicKey.toBuffer(), amount_donated: 0 })
Convert the data to Uint8Array. Note that all the programs have the instruction_data datatype, an array of u8. And before we send this data remember we want the first element in our instruction_data to be (0,1,2) for calling different entry points. We will set it to 0. As we want to call create_campaign instruction.
let data = serialize(CampaignDetails.schema, campaign); let data_to_send = new Uint8Array([0,]);
Now we have the data we want to send to our program.
We will fund it with the minimum number of lamports required to make it rent Exempt. So we calculate the lamports required like this.
const lamports = (await connection.getMinimumBalanceForRentExemption(data.length));
Here we create the instruction to create our account we will pass in the pub key, the size of data it needs to store, initial lamports, and other parameters. This is the first instruction we will create.
const createProgramAccount = SystemProgram.createAccountWithSeed({ fromPubkey: wallet.publicKey, basePubkey: wallet.publicKey, seed: SEED, newAccountPubkey: newAccount, lamports: lamports, space: data.length, programId: programId, });
Now we can create the 2nd instruction. We invoke our program that would write the data to the program account we just created in the above instruction.
In the keys parameter we will pass all accounts we want to send and in data (instruction_data for our program) we want to send, we will pass the programId we want to invoke. Note we have created programId global variable in this file already.
const instructionTOOurProgram = new TransactionInstruction({ keys: [ { pubkey: newAccount, isSigner: false, isWritable: true }, { pubkey: wallet.publicKey, isSigner: true, isWritable: false }, ], programId: programId, data: data_to_send, });
Now we have created the instructions we want. We will pass them to our helper function setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction which would create a instance Transaction for our instructions which we can then pass to signAndSendTransaction.
const trans = await setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction( [createProgramAccount, instructionTOOurProgram] ); const signature = await signAndSendTransaction(trans);
Now that is done we can confirm our transaction by passing the signature in confirmTransaction function.
const result = await connection.confirmTransaction(signature); console.log("end sendMessage", result); }
Now we can go ahead and connect this function to our front-end with our Form.
So in our form.js, we can have an on submit. On calling this function we will see a sollet dialog. Which would ask us to sign the transaction.
const onSubmit = async (e) => { e.preventDefault(); await createCampaign(name, description, image); setRoute(0);// we are updated this to change the ui. }
See the final form.js file for reference. Now we can add campaigns.

Fetch all Campaigns

We have implemented a function to add campaigns, but we do not have any function to fetch all the campaigns. Let's make that.
We know we have added all the data in program accounts, so we can fetch all the program accounts by using getProgramAccounts on connection. This will return us a list of accounts and their public keys. Now we can deserialize the data of an account by using the borsh package and convert the data into a desirable list and return it.
export async function getAllCampaigns() { let accounts = await connection.getProgramAccounts(programId); let campaigns = [] accounts.forEach((e) => { try { let campData = deserialize(CampaignDetails.schema, CampaignDetails,; campaigns.push({ pubId: e.pubkey, name:, description: campData.description, image_link: campData.image_link, amount_donated: campData.amount_donated, admin: campData.admin, }); } catch (err) { console.log(err); } }); return campaigns; }
Then we can use this in app.js, we can render cards with this data. Add this code to app.js:
useEffect(() => { getAllCampaigns().then((val) => { setCards(val); console.log(val); }); }, []);
See the final app.js file for reference.

The donate function

For donating, we will again create an program account and we will fund it with the amount we want to donate. As we discussed while writing our program it is not possible to decrease the balance of an account that is not owned by our program.
Our function will take in the campaignPubKey, and amount as parameters.
  • amount: the amount of Solana token we want to donate.
  • campaignPubKey: public key of the account we want to send tokens to. This is the same account where the data related to this campaign is stored.
export async function donateToCampaign( campaignPubKey, amount ) { await checkWallet(); const SEED = "abcdef" + Math.random().toString(); let newAccount = await PublicKey.createWithSeed( wallet.publicKey, SEED, programId ); const createProgramAccount = SystemProgram.createAccountWithSeed({ fromPubkey: wallet.publicKey, basePubkey: wallet.publicKey, seed: SEED, newAccountPubkey: newAccount, lamports: amount, space: 1, programId: programId, });
This is similar to createCampaign function. Here I have set the space as 1, because I want the account to get deleted when its balance becomes zero. And we are setting the initial lamports equal to the number of Solana tokens we want to donate.
Then we will pass 3 keys (Accounts) as our program needs 3 accounts (see donate function implementation in the program).
We are sending data as an array, [2], because we want call the donate function in the program and we have mapped it to the 2 value of the first element in the instruction_data array.
const instructionTOOurProgram = new TransactionInstruction({ keys: [ { pubkey: campaignPubKey, isSigner: false, isWritable: true }, { pubkey: newAccount, isSigner: false, }, { pubkey: wallet.publicKey, isSigner: true, } ], programId: programId, data:new Uint8Array([2]) }); const trans = await setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction( [createProgramAccount, instructionTOOurProgram] ); const signature = await signAndSendTransaction(trans); const result = await connection.confirmTransaction(signature); console.log("end sendMessage", result); }
We have created instructions to our program and then called the setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction, signAndSendTransaction and confirmTransaction to send and confirm the transaction just like we did in the createCampaign function.
We can connect this function with the UI. In card.js, update the onDonate function:
const onDonate = async (e) => { e.preventDefault(); await donateToCampaign(, amount); let newCards = await getAllCampaigns(); setCards(newCards); }
See the final card.js file for reference.

The withdraw function

Now we will write the withdraw function. For withdrawls, we don't have to create a program account, and we will only pass one instruction. Since we are using a WithdrawRequest struct in our program, we will have to create a class and schema for borsh serialization. Let's set that up now:
class WithdrawRequest { constructor(properties) { Object.keys(properties).forEach((key) => { this[key] = properties[key]; }); } static schema = new Map([[WithdrawRequest, { kind: 'struct', fields: [ ['amount', 'u64'], ] }]]); }
We have created the schema with the amount as u64 which is the datatype of the variable in Rust. Now let us write the actual function. Our function will take in the parameter campaignPubKey and the amount we want to withdraw. Then we will serialize the data. First, we will create the WithdrawRequest object, and then with the help of the schema, we have as a static member in WithdrawRequest class.
export async function withdraw( campaignPubKey, amount ) { await checkWallet(); let withdrawRequest = new WithdrawRequest({ amount: amount }); let data = serialize(WithdrawRequest.schema, withdrawRequest); let data_to_send = new Uint8Array([1,]);
Then we will create the instruction and pass the data. Note that we are inserting 1 in our data_to_send before sending.
const instructionTOOurProgram = new TransactionInstruction({ keys: [ { pubkey: campaignPubKey, isSigner: false, isWritable: true }, { pubkey: wallet.publicKey, isSigner: true, } ], programId: programId, data: data_to_send });
This part of the code is same as the donate and createCampaign functions.
const trans = await setPayerAndBlockhashTransaction( [instructionTOOurProgram] ); const signature = await signAndSendTransaction(trans); const result = await connection.confirmTransaction(signature); console.log("end sendMessage", result); }
Connect the functions with the UI in card.js:
const onWithdraw = async (e) => { e.preventDefault(); try { await withdraw(, amount); alert('Withdraw successful!'); } catch (e) { console.log(e); alert("only admin can withdraw"); } let newCards = await getAllCampaigns(); setCards(newCards); }
See the final card.js file.
And we're done!
You can see the whole project on github.


In this tutorial, you learned how to build a Crowd Funding app on Solana. We covered the on-chain program's code using the Rust programming language. We built the User Interface with React.

About the Author

This tutorial was created by Sushant Chandla.
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