Evmos launches blockchain to bring Ethereum Virtual Machine to Cosmos

Quick Take

  • Evmos has launched its mainnet blockchain on Cosmos’s interoperability network.
  • This blockchain is fully compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine.

After years of development, Evmos (formerly called Ethermint) went live on the Cosmos network, its developers announced Wednesday.

The launch means users and developers can now access Evmos as a Layer 1 blockchain on Cosmos — an interoperability protocol whose ecosystem contains more than 250 apps and services. In particular, the Evmos launch allows users to deploy smart contracts and assets from Ethereum and use them in the Cosmos ecosystem. 

Evmos's EVM Ambitions

The newly-launched Evmos was first conceptualized in 2016 as Ethermint. What’s different about Evmos is that unlike most other Cosmos chains, it is fully compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine. This is a computing environment used by developers on the Ethereum blockchain.

By integrating the EVM mechanism, the team hopes to make it more appealing to Ethereum developers. Over the last year, EVM has become the most widely adopted standard for smart contracts, and is now found across a number of blockchains trying to replicate Ethereum's success. These include Avalanche, Polygon, BNB Chain, Fantom and Moonbeam.

To kick-start its ambitions, the Evmos developers plan to first achieve interoperability with Ethereum through bridges. The team is working with bridge applications including Connext, Celer, Nomad and others so token transfers can be made between the two chains.

“Through these bridges, crypto users will be able to move assets to Evmos and use them within is applications,” Federico Kunze Küllmer, the co-founder of Evmos, told The Block. 

There are plans to expand within the Cosmos ecosystem as well. Using a protocol called Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC), this blockchain has the ability to share data and assets with other Cosmos-enabled chains.

There are also applications set to launch on Evmos — decentralized exchanges, money markets and NFTs, including QuantumSwap, Diffusion Finance, Nomad, Coslend and others.

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