Evmos plans to use native Cosmos assets as ERC-20 tokens via EVM Extension software

Quick Take

  • Evmos developer Altiplanic is developing a mechanism for Cosmos tokens to be used as ERC-20 tokens on the Evmos blockchain.
  • The planned release will give Evmos developers a unified token model for native and ERC-20 tokens.

Evmos EVMOS -2.52% plans to introduce ERC-20 compatibility for Cosmos tokens, focusing on EVM support.

Altiplanic, the core development firm for the Layer 1 blockchain Evmos, is working on a software mechanism to facilitate the use of various assets in the Cosmos ecosystem as ERC-20 tokens.

Essentially, this integration will enable Cosmos tokens (that are not compatible with the ERC-20 standard) to be directly employed in dapps on the Evmos EVM, eliminating the need for token wrapping as well as overcoming certain technical issues on the network.

“This functionality will allow users, wallets, and developers to seamlessly onboard all Cosmos native assets without the need to change their preferred tools on the EVM or executing a transaction to wrap or unwrap them,” said Federico Kunze Küllmer, Evmos founder and CEO of Altiplanic.

The mainnet release of this mechanism, expected by the end of the year, will introduce a unified token model for Evmos, accommodating both native and ERC-20 tokens. EVM, which stands for the Ethereum Virtual Machine, is a software environment on blockchains such as Ethereum and Evmos, responsible for processing and executing software logic within smart contracts.

Evmos operates an EVM-compatible blockchain that supports decentralized applications from the Ethereum and Cosmos ecosystems, which presents distinctive challenges in maintaining compatibility between the two. While ERC-20 is the EVM standard, most chains in the Cosmos ecosystem use a different format for native assets, containing only denomination and amount information, and lacking token metadata that's present with ERC-20 tokens.

Integrating ERC-20 format for Cosmos tokens


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The core development firm noted that the absence of native ERC-20 support for Cosmos tokens has been an issue for client software and developers on Evmos, which it now plans to address. 

This will be implemented for Cosmos assets on Evmos using a planned software module called "ERC-20 Extension." This module will consolidate ERC-20 and native Cosmos token formats on Evmos into a single standardized interface to simplify interactions for developers. The feature will be rolled out soon on the Evmos testnet with mainnet launch expected by the end of the year. 

Just recently, Evmos announced plans to phase out specific Cosmos infrastructure tools in favor of Ethereum or EVM-compatible ones like MetaMask. However, since Evmos is a Cosmos-based network, support for Cosmos code will persist to facilitate application functionality through specialized code modules called EVM Extensions. The team noted that the ERC-20 Extension will augment its EVM-only transition.

Kunze Küllmer said that Evmos ERC-20 Extension will allow the use of Cosmos native assets across all EVM wallets without extra steps or asset conversion processes, offering a straightforward one-step onboarding to Cosmos via popular wallets, including MetaMask.

Previously, Evmos raised $27 million in a funding round led by Polychain Capital, though the valuation was not disclosed.

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