About Aurora

Aurora is an Ethereum Virtual Machine created by the team at the NEAR Protocol, delivering a turn-key solution for developers to operate their apps on an Ethereum-compatible, high-throughput, scalable and future-safe platform, with low transaction costs for their users.

Full Ethereum compatibility
Aurora is fully compatible with Ethereum. No need to re-write your applications.
High throughput and scalability
Aurora runs on the NEAR Protocol, one of the highest performance third-generation L1 protocols, from one of the most highly regarded teams in the industry.
Low transaction costs
Your users will not only enjoy fast transactions, but very economical ones as well.
Features, Features, Features
From its core SputnikVM, to full tool-chain support, to gasless meta transactions, Aurora is the most advanced EVM on the market.
Trustless Bridging
The Aurora Bridge, as a part of the NEAR Rainbow Bridge, is the only fully trustless asset bridge in the Ethereum industry.
Base currency is ETH
Transaction fees in Aurora are paid in the base currency, ETH, providing a great UX for users, and opening the door to interesting ecosystem sustainability possibilities.

The big picture

An Ethereum-compatible scaling solution leveraging the next-generation NEAR Protocol.

The Aurora environment consists of the Aurora Engine, a high performance EVM—Ethereum Virtual Machine—and the Aurora Bridge, facilitating trustless transfer of ETH and ERC20 tokens between Ethereum and Aurora, within a great user experience.

Aurora exists and will be operated as an independent, self-funded initiative, but will continue to leverage the shared team DNA and continually evolving technology of the NEAR Protocol.

The governance of Aurora will take a hybrid form of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization—the AuroraDAO—complimented by a traditional entity which will hold one of several seats in the AuroraDAO.

The Aurora Roadmap
Deploy Ethereum apps on Aurora
Transfer the NEAR token between Ethereum and NEAR
Transfer ETH and ERC-20 tokens beween Ethereum and Aurora
Q3 2021
Completion of Aurora fund-raising campaign
Q3 2021
Filling of all AuroraDAO initial seats
Q4 2021
Fast token transfer
Q4 2021
Gas fees denominated in ERC-20s
Q4 2021
Simplified “Hide the Blockchain” UX.
Horizontal scaling

Join the movement!

Many leading projects are already in collaboration with Aurora, exploring the next steps for unlocking these exciting benefits for themselves, and their users!

Aurora's implementation of an Ethereum Virtual Machine on the NEAR Protocol greatly expands the horizons for cross-chain functionality. DODO is excited to be partnering with Aurora to further the growth of a truly multi-chain space with greater access and liquidity for people around the world.

Diane Dai
Diane Dai
Co-founder, DODO

The SnowSwap team is excited to bring low slippage swapping pools to the Aurora EVM while taking advantage of the enhanced performance and capabilities of the underlying NEAR platform. SnowSwap’s pools are ideal for trading like-kind assets such as stablecoins and wrapped Bitcoin.

Team SnowSwap
Team SnowSwap

The 1inch Network proceeds its expansion to a variety of blockchains. That's why we fully support the implementation of such solutions as Aurora environment that allows almost any Ethereum-based dApp to be deployed within the NEAR ecosystem. It is also highly important to pay attention to the reliability of the bridges between networks and I'm proud that my partner Anton Bukov was deeply involved into the development of the Rainbow Bridge which is now an essential part of the Aurora.

Sergej Kunz
Sergej Kunz
Co-founder, 1inch Network

Band Protocol is excited for the launch of Aurora on NEAR Protocol. Aurora will allow Ethereum smart contracts to be deployed onto NEAR Protocol, providing a ‘best of both worlds’ for developers and more efficient capital flow for DeFi users. We are excited to be partnered with NEAR as an oracle partner and are looking forward to being an accelerator for the reality of the multi-chain world through secure decentralized oracles.

Kevin Lu
Kevin Lu
Head of Business Development and Growth, Band Protocol

DeFiner’s cross-chain initiatives will link the ecosystems of different public chains, opening up cross-chain asset financial interoperability. We are proud to be driving forward and partnering with Aurora to bring our cross-chain initiative to the next level!

Chyna Qu
Chyna Qu
Co-founder & COO, DeFiner

Our goal is to create an interoperable future where the gaps between blockchains, developers and users are bridged. Aurora does just that by allowing for a seamless user experience and allowing for assets to pass uninterrupted between the Ethereum and NEAR blockchains, thereby merging economies and facilitating the development of creator communities.

Illia Polosukhin
Illia Polosukhin
Co-founder, NEAR Protocol
Get started now

Ready to take the next steps, and join a growing cohort of first-movers excited to benefit from Aurora? You can learn more about the Aurora Engine, explore the fantastic user experience of the Aurora Bridge, chat with us on Telegram—General and Developers—or contact us using the button below!