Getting started on Optimism
How to begin your optimistic journey
Transactions are processed on a layer 2 network such as Optimism (a network built on top of Ethereum) instead of occurring directly on mainnet Ethereum. The layer 2 solution submits transactions in groups to the Ethereum Mainnet. They are then secured by Ethereums leading security, significantly reducing end-user fees and increasing transaction speed. Optimism states users can save up to 50x in transaction fees.
Optimism provides near-instant transactions, lower transaction fees, while providing the same level of security as Ethereum.
Using Optimism requires users to bridge Ether (ETH) or other supported ERC-20 tokens to the Optimism network. Making use of the official Optimism Gateway bridge makes this process simple and intuitive.
Main Optimism Bridge Screen
Connect your wallet by selecting
Connectand select your web3 wallet provider. Make sure you are connected to
Select the connectivity option you would like to use
Once you connected your wallet to the Optimism bridge you can choose supported assets and the amount you wish to send over to layer 2 Optimism.
Official Bridge to Layer 2 Screen
Finalize the bridge transaction by selecting
Depositand approve the transaction via your connected wallet.
Deposit en Route Screen
The entire bridging process will take about 5-10 minutes, once complete you are ready to interact with dApps on Optimism.
There are many bridging solutions available. Note that withdrawals processed via the official Optimism bridge are subject to a 7 day challenge period. Withdrawn funds will be unavailable until this 7 day period is complete. Alternatively users can use other bridges for off-ramp purposes that don't require a 7 day challenge period.
Withdraw from Layer 2 Ethereum