In the vibrant realm of digital ownership, NFTs offer a thrilling avenue to showcase and monetize your artistic creations. However, the minting process can sometimes feel daunting, especially when navigating technical complexities and costly fees. Solana came to change that. Solana is a lightning-fast blockchain with high throughput that simplifies the experience. This guide will empower you to transform your digital artwork into a valuable NFT on Solana. Ready to capture the hearts of collectors?

Solana the network of creators

With low fees and transaction speeds that outpace some other blockchains, artists, and collectors experience near-instantaneous transaction confirmations. This enhances the user experience of both actors. That’s why Solana has become a haven for NFT creators and collectors alike. 

Solana by the numbers

The following numbers show this network’s huge importance among the crypto community members.

  • Solana NFT sales reached $365.7 million in December 2023, surpassing Ethereum’s $363.6 million for the first time, according to CryptoSlam.
  • In the same month, Solana surpasses Ethereum’s 24hrs DEX volume for the first time ever.
  • It has also scaled in the number of monthly and daily active wallets since the beginning of December 2023. It’s actually 2x larger than the month before.
Number of Active Addresses on Solana by The Block
  • On the other hand, it’s in the top 5 of Blockchain by TVL with $2,000m and above Polygon.
Top Blockchains by TVL on Coingecko. Solana is in the 4th position.
  • You can also find Solana in the top 5 of the highest trading volume for the last 24 hrs. That means the native cryptocurrency is very popular. Lately, Solana’s resurgence is mainly due to the cellphone and NFT strategy launches.
Top 5 Coins by trading volume, according to Coingecko.
  • About NFTs, it has a $96k in 24hrs volume and more than $3 million of holders.
NFT dashboard on Solscan.
  • It’s in the top 3 of Blockchains by NFT sales volume with more than $7m, which is really close to Bitcoin’s NFT sales.
Blockchains by NFT Sales Volume on Cryptoslam.
  • You can see a peak in daily NFT trading volume in December with a total of $66,2m.

Solana NFT standard

Solana utilizes a dedicated NFT standard called Token Metadata to streamline the creation of NFTs. This standard works by attaching an extensive Metadata Account to a token’s Mint Account. 

The Metadata Account houses vital information like verified creators, royalty shares, and a reference (URI) to a standardized JSON file often stored on Arweave for permanence. Crucially, Solana NFTs achieve their non-fungible status by having a supply of 1, zero decimals, and the absence of a mint authority.  The Token Metadata program verifies these traits and creates a Master Edition Account as proof of the NFT’s uniqueness.

NFT Creation Process on Solana

The following guide will show you how to mint NFTs on Solana.

1. Set Up Your Wallet.

Before diving into the minting process, you need a Solana-compatible wallet like Phantom, Solflare, and Backpack. These wallets not only store your SOL, the native currency of Solana but also hold your newly minted NFTs.

2. Acquire SOL.

To mint an NFT, you’ll need some SOL in your wallet to cover the transaction fees. These fees are remarkably lower than those on other networks, making Solana an attractive option for creators. Research and use an exchange that supports SOL to buy it.

3. Choose a Minting Platform.

There are a lot of minting platforms but the most important are SolSea, Metaplex, Solanart and Magic Eden. They offer user-friendly interfaces for creators to mint their NFTs directly onto the Solana blockchain. They provide templates and guides to ease the process.

4. Create Your NFT.

First, create a collection and upload your artwork, add descriptions, website, social media, and set your royalties. Remember, every detail you embed is a step towards defining the value of your digital asset. When you finished confirm all the information is accurate. After your NFT is minted, its attributes can’t be changed. Push the button mint, pay the fees and sign the transaction. Congratulations you have created your first NFT on Solana’s blockchain.

Check the guides and FAQs of each NFT marketplace as this step varies slightly from platform to platform.

Here’s a video that can help you.

How to create an NFT in SolSea

5. Engage with the Community.

Join forums and social media groups focused on Solana and NFTs to promote your work and build relationships with collectors and other creators.


Minting NFTs on the Solana network is a gateway to showcasing your digital art on a global stage. By following these steps, you’re not just creating a token; you’re weaving your narrative into the expansive tapestry of blockchain history. As the ecosystem grows, so does the potential for your creations to become part of someone’s collection, or better yet, a cornerstone of digital culture.

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