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An unofficial Hardhat plugin for working with circuits written in Noir.

Inspired by vezenovm/basic_mul_noir_example.


This plugin adds convenience methods to the Hardhat Runtime Environment for generating and verifying proofs for a circuit.

import { noir } from "hardhat";

it("verifies proof for mul", async function () {
  const input = { x: 3, y: 4, result: 12 };
  expect(await noir.getCircuit().verifyProofFor(input)).to.be.true;

This plugin also hooks to the default compile task so circuits are automatically compiled whenever you run hardhat compile Circuits will only be recompiled if there are any changes detected in the source files. The same applies to the Solidity verifier contract, which is generated in Hardhat's configured contracts folder, and the pragma is tweaked to support Solidity 0.8. These tasks can also be manually invoked via noir:compile and noir:contract.

$ hardhat compile
Compiling circuit mul with nargo...
ACIR gates generated : 13
Generated ACIR code into build/mul.acir

Generating verifier contract for mul with nargo...
ACIR gates generated : 13
Contract successfully created and located at contract/plonk_vk.sol
Moved verifier contract to MulVerifier.sol in contracts folder

Compiled 1 Solidity file successfully
Done in 2.59s.


npm install hardhat-noir

Import the plugin in your hardhat.config.js:


Or if you are using TypeScript, in your hardhat.config.ts:

import "hardhat-noir";


These tasks only run if there are no changes detected so circuit source files, or are invoked with the --force flag. Both tasks will use the WASM libraries, unless the flag --nargo is set or useNargo is set to true in the config, in which case they will use the nargo binary available in the PATH.

  • noir:compile: Compiles the circuit in the circuitsPath.
  • noir:contract: Generates a verifier contract for the circuit in Hardhat's contracts folder.

😉 The solidity pragma of the generated contract is automatically changed from >=0.6.0 <0.8.0 to >=0.6.0 <0.9.0 to support the latest versions of solc, since the generated verifier is compatible with the 0.8 releases.

Environment extensions

This plugin adds a noir field to the Hardhat Runtime Environment, which exposes a getCircuit method. This returns a Circuit abstraction with the following convenience methods, which are wrappers over the ones in @noir-lang/barretenberg/dest/client_proofs.

  • getProof(input): Generates a proof for the circuit given the input variables.
  • verifyProof(proof): Verifies a proof.
  • verifyProofFor(input): Generates and verifies a proof in a single call.

As an example:

import { noir } from "hardhat";

async function run(): Promise<boolean> {
  const input = { x: 3, y: 4, result: 12 };
  return noir.getCircuit().verifyProofFor(input);

The equivalent code without the plugin would be the following, as adapted from the basic_mul_noir_example:

import { acir_from_bytes } from '@noir-lang/noir_wasm';
import { setup_generic_prover_and_verifier, create_proof, verify_proof } from '@noir-lang/barretenberg/dest/client_proofs';

async function run(): Promise<boolean> {
  const acirBuffer = readFileSync('./circuits/build/mul.acir');
  const acirByteArray = new Uint8Array(buffer);
  const acir = acir_from_bytes(acirByteArray);

  const abi = { x: 3, y: 4, result: 12 };

  const [prover, verifier] = await setup_generic_prover_and_verifier(acir);
  const proof = await create_proof(prover, acir, abi);
  return await verify_proof(verifier, proof);


This plugin extends the Hardhat config with a noir field with the following fields. See the config.ts file for more info.

module.exports = {
  noir: {
    circuitsPath: 'circuits',
    mainCircuitName: 'main',
    nargoBin: 'nargo',
    useNargo: false,
    autoCompile: true,
    autoGenerateContract: true,


Ideas for future improvements:

  • [ ] Support multiple circuits within the same Hardhat project, each on their individual folder
  • [x] Fall back to compilation and verifier generation using node libraries, if nargo is unavailable

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