What is Bridging?

Understanding bridging on the Zora Network

Updated over a week ago

What is it?

A blockchain bridge is a tool that connects two separate blockchain networks to enable assets to be transferred between them. This includes bridges that connect Ethereum (“Layer 1” or “L1”) to Layer 2 (“L2”) networks like Zora Network or Optimism that sit on top of Ethereum to enhance the speed and reduce the costs of performing onchain transactions. Zora Network's native bridge allows you to transfer your ETH from Ethereum to the Zora Network.

Why do I need to bridge my ETH?

You must bridge your ETH to an L2 Zora in order to transact on the L2, for example, to create collections or mint NFTs. For example, if you want to mint an NFT listed on Zora Network, you will need to bridge some ETH to Zora Network to pay the necessary fees on Zora Network.

What happens to my ETH when I am bridging?

By bridging your ETH, you are making it available for use within the L2 environment. When you bridge ETH to an L2 like Zora Network, your ETH will be usable on the L2 Network but will no longer be accessible on L1 Ethereum until such ETH has been withdrawn back to the L1. Importantly, your ETH remains in your cryptocurrency wallet - neither Zora nor any other third party takes custody, possession, or control of your funds.

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