Exploring NEAR can be a bit daunting at first. That’s why we have selected the most popular documentation resources the ecosystem has to offer so you ca find where you need to go and start building today. 

NEAR Protocol Core Documentation

General Docs

Docs for understanding core concepts and building on NEAR. This is the recommended starting point.


Rust-specific documentation and guides for building, deploying, and managing contracts on NEAR.


Write smart contracts on NEAR using Javascript.

Standards & Specs

Terminology, Data structures, Architecture, Chain spec, Runtime spec, Network spec, Economics, and more.

Run a Node

Run and operate your own Node

Build your own Indexer

Create your own indexer to monitor data flowing in the blockchain network

Documentation for NEAR-related infrastructure

Aurora Labs

Deploy Ethereum-compatible contracts on NEAR. Transfer (bridge) assets between NEAR and Ethereum.

Octopus Network

Run your application on its own, substrate-built, EVM-compatible app chain.

Flux Protocol

Learn how to run a validator, and integrate with Flux Oracle.


Integrate decentralized storage (the “hard drive of blockchain”) into your dApp.

The Graph

The Graph provides an indexing protocol for querying networks like Ethereum, IPFS, and NEAR.


NEAR’s DevRel support is administered by Pagoda. They write most of the documentation referenced on this page and in the broader NEAR ecosystem, while also providing all the tools you need to build, launch, and grow your web3 startup.