Summary: There is currently no bridge that supports EVM transfers from Ethereum, Arbitrum, BNB Chain and other networks. This means that you cannot use a popular cross-chain DEX like Synapse or Stargate Finance to bridge assets to Stacks. The only way to use the network is to download the Hiro Wallet and send STX from a centralized exchange.

Continue reading below for a step-by-step breakdown on how to get started.

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Can you Bridge to Stacks?

As of now, you cannot bridge to the Stacks Bitcoin Layer 2 network via traditional cross-chain platforms due to its incompatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Instead, access is possible by installing a Hiro Wallet and transferring STX tokens from a supporting centralized exchange. The native Stacks Bridge only facilitates cross-chain NFT transfers, with no immediate plans for token transfers. Future support from popular multi-chain bridges is expected as the Stacks network expands.

How to Bridge to Stacks

As outlined above, there is no way to bridge to the Stacks Bitcoin Layer 2 through popular cross-chain platforms like Synapse, Multichain, Stargate and other DEXs. To that end, users will need to install a Hiro Wallet and send STX tokens from a centralized exchange that supports the token like Binance, Bybit or OKX.

Here is a simple guide to getting started.

  1. Install Hiro Wallet to your Chrome or Mozilla Browser.
  2. Sign up to a Binance or another exchange to buy STX.
  3. Withdraw STX to your Hiro Wallet address.
  4. You are now ready to use the Stacks network!
Hiro Wallet for Stacks.

Why Can't I Bridge to Stacks?

The main reason users cant bridge to Stacks is because it is not an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible network.  This means that it uses a different programming language to popular Ethereum Apps, which makes it difficult for it to be interoperable with popular bridging platforms. That said, as the network grows, we expect popular multi-chain bridges like Allbridge or Multichain to support the emerging Bitcoin L2.

What is the Stacks Bridge?

The Stacks Bridge is the native bridge for Stacks, however it only supports NFT transfers cross-chain. The team has not announced any plans to support token transfers in the near future, however this may be subject to change. Be sure to keep up with recent developments via the Stacks Twitter.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the current state of bridging to the Stacks Bitcoin Layer 2 network is limited, and there is currently no support for EVM transfers from Ethereum, Arbitrum, BNB Chain, and other networks. This means that the only way to use the network is to download the Hiro Wallet and send STX from a centralized exchange that supports the token. However, as the network grows, we expect more support from popular multi-chain bridges like Allbridge or Multichain.

The Stacks Bridge, while native to the Stacks network, only supports NFT transfers cross-chain at this time. It's important to stay up to date with recent developments through the Stacks Twitter or other sources as the landscape of bridging to the Stacks network may change in the future.