Maksim Ivanov
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CryptoKitties Clone Part 3 Adding Frontend

March 28, 2018

In last part we added an auction contract. Now we can buy and sell our GradientTokens. Let’s add some nice UI for that.

This is what we’ll be building:

Create React App

Let’s start by bootstrapping the frontend with create-react-app. From your projects root call:

create-react-app front
cd front

Create react app scripts won’t allow importing from outside the src folder. Create a symlink to contract artifacts.o

ln -s ../../build/contracts src/contracts

I’m going to use truffle-contract as an abstraction over web3 and mobx to manage all the business logic. Install the dependencies:

yarn add mobx mobx-react truffle-contract

Update Migrations

First, we need to get the deployed contracts addresses. Let’s modify our migration so it will save the addresses to a JSON file.

First, we’ll deploy GradientToken and then pass it’s address to TokenAuciton on deploy. After both contracts are deployed – we get their addresses and save to a JSON file in front/src folder.

Make your migrations/2_deploy_contract.js look like this:

const GradientToken = artifacts.require("GradientToken");
const TokenAuction = artifacts.require("TokenAuction");
const util = require("util");
const fs = require("fs");
const path = require("path");
const writeFile = util.promisify(fs.writeFile);

module.exports = async function(deployer) {
  const gradientToken = await deployer.deploy(GradientToken);
  const auctionContract = await deployer.deploy(
  const addresses = {
    tokenAddress: GradientToken.address,
    auctionAddress: TokenAuction.address

  await writeFile(
    path.join(__dirname, "..", "front", "src", "addresses.json"),

Try to run the migrations. If you had them run before - run with --reset option.

truffle migrate --reset

Check the front/src folder. It should have addresses.json.

Connect To Ethereum Network

Now we need to initialize the truffle-contract. It needs the provider that it will use to connect to ethereum network and contract addresses associated with deployed contracts.

Create the front/src/utils folder and create getProvider.js there with following contents:

import Web3 from "web3";

const getProvider = () => {
  return new Web3.providers.HttpProvider("https://localhost:7545");

export default getProvider;

Here we connect directly to our local network. You can also use the provider injected to window object by Metamask. We’ll just use HttpProvider for simplicity.

Let’s use our getProvider function. Create front/src/utils/getGradientContractInstance with following content:

import contract from "truffle-contract";
import getProvider from "utils/getProvider";
import GradientTokenArtifact from "contracts/GradientToken.json";
import addresses from "../addresses.json";

const { tokenAddress } = addresses;

export default async function getGradientContractInstance() {
  const gradientTokenContract = contract(GradientTokenArtifact);
  const gradientTokenInstance = await;
  return gradientTokenInstance;

Here we initialize truffle-contract with JSON artifact, set provider and connect our contract to the deployed instance using the address from addresses.json.

Now we have a utility function to get the contract instance – let’s use the mobx store to store it.

Create front/src/stores/ContractsStore.js with following contents:

import { observable, decorate, action } from "mobx";
import getGradientContractInstance from "utils/getGradientContractInstance";

class ContractsStore {
  gradientTokenInstance = null;

  async setup() {
    this.setGradientTokenInstance(await getGradientContractInstance());

  setGradientTokenInstance(gradientTokenInstance) {
    this.gradientTokenInstance = gradientTokenInstance;

export default decorate(ContractsStore, {
  gradientTokenInstance: observable,
  setGradientTokenInstance: action

The only function of this store is to have an observable reference to gradientTokenInstance. Initially it null but after setup method is called it gets the instance using our getGradientContractInstance utility function.

gradientTokenInstance is observable so we can derive changes from it in other classes. Let’s create another mobx store.

Using The Contract

Create file front/src/stores/GradientTokenStore. This token will be responsible for accessing contract methods.

import { observable, action, decorate, computed, when } from "mobx";
import randomColor from "utils/randomColor";

class GradientTokenStore {
  tokens = [];
  owner = null;
  isLoading = true;

  constructor(contractsStore) {
    this.contractsStore = contractsStore;
    when(() => this.gradientTokenInstance, this.setup);

  get gradientTokenInstance() {
    return this.contractsStore && this.contractsStore.gradientTokenInstance;

  setup = async () => {

export default decorate(GradientTokenStore, {
  owner: observable,
  tokens: observable,
  isLoading: observable,
  gradientTokenInstance: computed

Here we defined the gradientTokenInstance getter and made it computed. Mobx allows to observe observables automatically and create computed values based on them. You can read more about it in my Mobx article

We observe this property in constructor, using when, so once gradientTokenInstance is setup – we call the setup method.

Getting Owner Address

To simplify the process – we’ll only use the address of the contract owner. Update the setup function:

setup = async () => {
  const owner = await this.gradientTokenInstance.owner();

Create the setOwner method we’ve just used, add the owner class property with the initial value of null and add it to the decorate wrapper:

class GradientTokenStore {
  tokens = [];
  isLoading = true;
  tokenIndex = 0;
  owner = null;

  // ... Other content

  setOwner(owner) {
    this.owner = owner;

export default decorate(GradientTokenStore, {
  owner: observable,
  // ... Other content

Fetching Tokens List

Add new method fetchTokens to GradientTokenStore:

  fetchTokens = async () => {
    const tokens = await this.gradientTokenInstance.tokensOf(this.owner);
    const gradients = await Promise.all( token => {
        return this.gradientTokenInstance.getGradient(token);
    if (!gradients.length) {

First, we call our contract method tokensOf. It will return an array of token ids, now we need to get associated gradients. We call the getGradient method for every id. And in order to wait until all the promises will be resolved - we wrap it into Promise.all

After gradients are loaded - we update the isLoading attribute, and if gradients array is not empty we call the setTokens method. setTokens is trivial it is just a mobx action that sets the tokens attribute:

setTokens(tokens) {

The indexedTokens just adds an index to every gradient – it’s needed for React. We are going to show our tokens in a list. And list elements in react should have unique key prop:

indexedTokens(gradients) {
  return => {
    return {
      index: this.tokenIndex++

Minting New Tokens

Now we can show the list of tokens but we can’t create new ones. Let’s fix it, add the mintToken method to our GradientsTokenStore:

mintToken = async () => {
  const gradient = ['#fff', '#000'];
  await[0], gradient[1], {
    from: this.owner,
    gas: 170000
  this.appendToken({ gradient, index: this.tokenIndex++ });

Here I hardcoded the black and white gradient for simplicity.

Important note, here we call the transaction using httpProvider. Transactions require gas. As we don’t use any kind of wallet here that would automatically calculate the required amount of gas – we set it manually.

After the mint method was executed – we append the token to our list of tokens and provide an index to use in react list.

Add the appendToken method:

appendToken(token) {

Initializing Stores

Great, we are almost done with our business logic. Now we need to instantiate our stores. Create file front/src/stores/index.js with following contents:

import ContractsStore from "./ContractsStore";
import GradientTokenStore from "./GradientTokenStore";

const contractsStore = new ContractsStore();

const gradientTokenStore = new GradientTokenStore(contractsStore);

export default {

Now modify your src/App.js to inject our stores into the app.

import React, { Component } from "react";
import { Provider } from "mobx-react";
import TokensPage from "./TokensPage";
import stores from "./stores";
import "./App.css";

class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <Provider {...stores}>
        <div className="App">
          <TokensPage />

export default App;

Now our stores will be available from any of the react views.

Making the views is trivial if you are interested – you can check out the repo