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Mar 6, 2023
Xabi Losada, Fran Domović
  • Tutorials
  • Engineering

Exciting news for blockchain enthusiasts and developers!

We are thrilled to announce that the Calimero Console is now publicly available. After months of hard work and dedication, we are excited to showcase the features and capabilities of our platform. To help developers get started, we will be sharing a comprehensive tutorial on how to set up your first dapp using Calimero Console. But that's not all - to celebrate the launch, we have set aside a budget for developers in the ideation phase. To apply for these free credits, feel free to reach out to or fill out the trial form available on our website. Get ready to build your own decentralized application on Calimero Console!

What is Calimero Network

Calimero is a customizable sidechain built on top of NEAR protocol. It can be viewed as a network of networks. A solution for businesses to access privacy features and enable scaling. Calimero provides you with an infrastructure which shares all the best benefits of NEAR while being enhanced with multiple new features with emphasis on privacy. In this tutorial, we will guide you through setting up your own private shard on Calimero Network and deploying a dapp using a Tic Tac Toe game as an example.


Before you begin, you will need to have the following:

  • A Calimero Network account
  • A code editor like VSCode
  • Clone the Calimero examples repository

Step 1: Creating a Calimero Network Account

To get started with Calimero Network, you will need to create an account. Follow these steps to create your account:

  • Navigate to
  • Click on the Sign up button at the bottom of the login form.
  • Enter your email address, a strong password, and your billing information.
  • Verify your email address by clicking on the link in the email sent to you by Calimero Network

Calimero login form

Step 2: Deploying a Developer Shard

After you have created your Calimero Network account, the next step is to deploy a developer shard. Developer shards are an essential component of Calimero Network, as they provide a cost-effective way for developers to test and develop their dapps. These shards offer all the same functionalities as professional shards, including Integrated Validator, RPC, Indexer, and Event Indexer Nodes. However, they are optimized to have a fixed cost, making them an ideal choice for developers who are just starting out. Once the dapp is ready to be deployed, professional shards should be used to ensure scalability and performance. Overall, developer shards are an excellent resource for developers looking to build and test their dapps on the Calimero Network. Follow these steps to deploy your development shard:

  • Login to your Calimero Network account.
  • Click on the Shard dropdown on the top navigation bar. If this is your first shard you will be redirected to the shard type selection.
  • Click on Create new Shard.
  • Select Developer Shard for the shard type.
  • Choose a name and description for your shard.
  • Click on Create Shard to start the deployment process.

Calimero developer shard

Step 3: Clone calimero examples

While the shard is being created, clone the following repository: The Calimero team is actively adding new examples that show how to use Calimero shards.

Next Steps

Congratulations on successfully setting up your private shard on Calimero Network! Your shard will be available in just a few minutes, and you'll receive an email notification once it's ready to use. In this next part of the tutorial, we will walk you through creating your Tic Tac Toe dapp using the Calimero examples repository and a code editor like VSCode. With your private shard now up and running, you're ready to start building your very own decentralized application.

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