Lazy Mint Extension ERC721


Another common ask is how to do lazy-minting with Manifold. If you're unfamiliar, lazy-minting is a technique by which minting costs are passed on to the buyer. This makes sense in many situations (especially collectible-style projects), but does not make sense in others. We'll take a look at the contract and how to deploy it here, but I would not suggest doing this for collections of less than, say, 20 tokens. The reason for this is that deploying an extension costs gas! And on a smaller scale, the savings from lazy-minting are less than the cost to deploy the contract.

Anyway, let's take a look. We'll do this with a contract that mints ERC721 tokens to your base contract.


// SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT

pragma solidity ^0.8.0;

/// @author:

import "@manifoldxyz/libraries-solidity/contracts/access/AdminControl.sol";
import "@manifoldxyz/creator-core-solidity/contracts/core/IERC721CreatorCore.sol";
import "@manifoldxyz/creator-core-solidity/contracts/extensions/ICreatorExtensionTokenURI.sol";

import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC721/IERC721.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Strings.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/introspection/ERC165.sol";

contract Tutorial3 is AdminControl, ICreatorExtensionTokenURI {

    using Strings for uint256;

    address private _creator;
    string private _baseURI;

    constructor(address creator) {
        _creator = creator;

    function supportsInterface(bytes4 interfaceId) public view virtual override(AdminControl, IERC165) returns (bool) {
        return interfaceId == type(ICreatorExtensionTokenURI).interfaceId || AdminControl.supportsInterface(interfaceId) || super.supportsInterface(interfaceId);
    function mint() public {

    function setBaseURI(string memory baseURI) public adminRequired {
      _baseURI = baseURI;

    function tokenURI(address creator, uint256 tokenId) external view override returns (string memory) {
        require(creator == _creator, "Invalid token");
        return string(abi.encodePacked(_baseURI, tokenId.toString()));

Let's walk through the contract here before we think about deploying it.

The first function we have there is the constructor and this is called when we deploy the contract. At the time of deployment we must pass in the _creator (the address of your creator core contract). We have that so we can interact with it later when minting.

The supportsInterface function simply tells other contracts that are calling this one what functions it supports.

The mint function is where we allow other people to mint more tokens on this contract. You can see that it is pretty simple, it really just calls the mintExtension function to mint a token to the person who sent the transaction. Note that we do not specify a tokenURI here. This is because the core contract will hook back into this contracts tokenURI function later to get the URI.

The setBaseURI function lets us set the base for the tokenURI we want to return. It also lets us update this information at any time in the future.

The tokenURI function returns the base tokenURI concatenated with the tokenId. So in this case if your base tokenURI is this will return for tokenId 1.

How to Deploy

  1. Deploy core contract (using Manifold Studio is easiest) - example here

  2. Deploy the extension contract - example here

  3. Register the extension with #14 registerExtension on your base contract - example here

  4. Set the baseURI for your extension - example here

  5. Mint - example here

  6. Mint again - example here

You should be able to see your tokens on OpenSea TestNet. Here is the first of mine:

And here is the second

As you can see, these are token #1 and token #2 on the core contract. Notice the OpenSea URL which has the address of the core contract.

Congrats! You are done.


Is this contract an EC721 contract?

No - but it helps you mint tokens on an ERC721 contract (your core contract)

What is the gas cost for deploying an extension like this?

This particular extension cost me 1,833,652 gas to deploy. At gas prices of 40 gwei, that would be about 0.07 ETH.

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