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What are Executable NFTs (xNFT)?

Published on
May 5, 2023
This article is for general information purposes only and isn’t intended to be financial advice.
Phoenix Baker
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xNFTs (Executed NFTs) are a groundbreaking addition to the world of blockchain tokens, specifically on the Solana network. They combine the unique properties of traditional NFTs with the power of embedded code, enabling native web3 applications to operate within a single wallet. This innovation is revolutionizing the NFT landscape, unlocking exciting possibilities for developers, creators, and users alike.

xNFT - What is an xNFT (Executable NFT)?

What are xNFTs?

xNFTs are similar to conventional NFTs but also possess unique chain IDs, making them ideal for signifying distinct on-chain and off-chain items. What sets xNFTs apart is their utilization of executable programming scripts as the files that represent the NFT, enabling them to operate within a specialized wallet.

How do xNFTs work?

xNFTs incorporate internal features and functionalities that enhance the capabilities of traditional NFTs. These advanced NFTs contain an asset and include embedded code, enabling native web3 applications and protocols to operate within a single wallet. xNFTs utilize protocol-agnostic frameworks, facilitating the development of dApps for a cross-chain NFT ecosystem.

What is Backpack?

Backpack is a unique wallet that securely manages private keys and connects to apps while being asset and protocol agnostic. It is the core for deploying, locating, and running various Web3 applications in one place. 

Backpack’s versatile user interface allows users to interact with various crypto assets, perform tasks such as staking NFTs, accessing analytics, playing games, and bridging between blockchains on one platform.

The Benefits of xNFTs

xNFTs offer a more inclusive solution for users to manage diverse DeFi tools within a single interface. Backpack’s ultimate goal is to transcend the limitations of traditional wallets and become an xNFT operating system.

Types of xNFTs

Exciting projects such as Backpack, Solanart, and Releap are using xNFT technology to create NFT marketplaces and music NFT platforms designed for emerging and established artists seeking to publish music and connect with fans through the web3 space.

The Future of xNFTs

If xNFTs expand to other leading chains, this innovative crypto asset could gain significant traction. Coral aims to make Backpack broadly multi-chain compatible, enabling anyone to build on it.


xNFTs are paving the way for a new era in the blockchain space by fusing traditional NFTs with embedded code and native web3 applications. The future of digital assets is set to reach new heights, empowering the community and fueling the growth of the decentralized ecosystem.

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