Exploring Fragments, Part 2: How to Deploy and Mint Inscriptions

The Exploring Fragments blog series gives readers brief tutorials on how to create, mint, and trade inscriptions on Fractal’s new platform.

Fractal Network
5 min readApr 30, 2024

In the first few weeks since Fragments launched, we’ve seen dozens of projects launched, thousands of browser wallet downloads, and tens of thousands of tokens minted. The cherry on top: all fees, which are paid in FRA, will be burned.

Why the excitement? With Fractal Network’s inscription launchpad, users can deploy a BRC20-style token collection for a fraction of the cost of launching on other UTXO networks. Future developments will help these tokens be interoperable in other ecosystems. Plus, as a new platform, it is easy for a new project to make waves.

This is the second article in the Exploring Fragments series, covering how to create an inscription collection and start minting tokens on Fragments.

Getting Started

Like other inscription platforms, Fragments distinguishes between minting and deploying (or creating) an inscription collection. “Creating” refers to the process of deploying a new collection, while minting is the act of “minting” tokens in that collection, similar to minting an NFT.

To get started on Fragments, users will first need to download the Fractal Browser Extension wallet, which was tailored for the platform, and fund that wallet with UTXO FRA. This wallet is available on the Google Chrome store, and detailed instructions on how to install it can be found here.

NOTE: FRA transferred to your browser extension wallet will be used for inscriptions of the BRC20 data. Only transfer FRA into the Extension Wallet that you intend to use for the inscription process. Unknowingly transferring an FRA token with a BRC20 inscribed on it will result in losing custody and control of that BRC20.

With the preliminary steps out of the way, let’s dive into the platform.

Creating BRC20-Style Tokens

  1. First, navigate to Fragments and click “Connect Wallet” to connect your browser extension wallet to the platform.
  2. Click the Mint tab on the top navigation bar, and then click the “Create” button to create a new Fragment BRC20 inscription.

3. Enter a 4-letter ticker for your Fragment, the total supply of your collection, and the maximum number of tokens that a user can mint at one time. Then, click “Next”.

4. Please double-check the details of your inscription and the receiver address before agreeing to the risk warning and clicking “Submit.”

5. Finally, you’ll need to sign the transaction in your browser extension wallet. As long as you have enough UTXO FRA in your wallet to cover the network/service fees, you should be able to click “Approve”. Otherwise, it will say “Insufficient Balance” in your wallet.

Once your tokens have been created, you should see a “Successfully Created” pop-up. Click “Done” to continue interacting with your Fragments.

Minting BRC20-Style Tokens

The Fragments Mint tab showcases the full list of mintable Fragments BRC20s in order of creation, as well as the minting progress, number of holders, and total supply. Here’s how easy it is to mint on Fragments:

  1. Click on the “Mint” button next to any of the mintable BRC20s. A pop-up will appear with the BRC20 ticker, where you can enter the amount of tokens you’d like to mint. If there is a mint limit, you can enter how many times you’d like to repeat minting your chosen amount of tokens in the Repeat Mint section. (Note: the Repeat Mint cannot be greater than 8)

2. Click “Next,” and then double-check the information about the tokens you’re about to mint and the network/service fees before agreeing and clicking “Submit.”

3. Finally, click “Approve” in your browser extension wallet to sign the transaction. You should see a Successfully Minted pop-up. Click “Done” to continue interacting with your Fragments.

Pioneering UTXO Token Standards

Inscriptions took the Web3 world by storm at the end of 2023. Now, in 2024, Many projects like Fractal are looking for ways to expand the utility of inscriptions, ordinals, and BRC20-style tokens.

Fractal is excited to be part of this frontier. As a multilayer network with a UTXO ledger, Fractal is in a prime position to create tokens that approximate standards based on the Bitcoin network. We have many other exciting announcements about BRC20-style tokens coming this year, as well as other technical announcements, so be sure to stay tuned to our social media channels to stay up-to-date!

About Fractal Network

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