CCIP Best Practices
Before you deploy your cross-chain dApps to mainnet, make sure that your dApps follow the best practices in this document. You are responsible for thoroughly reviewing your code and applying best practices to ensure that your cross-chain dApps are secure and reliable. If you have a unique use case for CCIP that might involve additional cross-chain risk, contact the Chainlink Labs Team before deploying your application to mainnet.
Before calling the router's
ccipSend function, ensure that your code allows users to send CCIP messages to trusted destination chains.
When implementing the
ccipReceive method in a contract residing on the destination chain, ensure to verify the source chain of the incoming CCIP message. This verification ensures that CCIP messages can only be received from trusted source chains.
When implementing the
ccipReceive method in a contract residing on the destination chain, it's important to validate the sender of the incoming CCIP message. This check ensures that CCIP messages are received only from trusted sender addresses.
Note: Depending on your use case, this verification might not always be necessary.
When you implement the
ccipReceive method in the contract residing on the destination chain, validate that the
msg.sender is the correct router address. This verification ensures that only the router contract can call the
ccipReceive function on the receiver contract and is for developers that want to restrict which accounts are allowed to call
gasLimit specifies the maximum amount of gas CCIP can consume to execute
ccipReceive() on the contract located on the destination blockchain. It is the main factor in determining the fee to send a message. Unspent gas is not refunded.
To transfer tokens directly to an EOA as a receiver on the destination blockchain, the
gasLimit should be set to
0 since there is no
ccipReceive() implementation to call.
To estimate the accurate gas limit for your destination contract, consider the following options:
- Leveraging Ethereum client RPC by applying
receiver.ccipReceive(). You can find more information on the Ethereum API Documentation and Alchemy documentation.
- Conducting Foundry gas tests.
- Using Hardhat plugin for gas tests.
- Using a blockchain explorer to look up the gas consumption of a particular internal transaction.
The purpose of
extraArgs is to allow compatibility with future CCIP upgrades. To get this benefit, make sure that
extraArgs is mutable in production deployments. This allows you to build it offchain and pass it in a call to a function or store it in a variable that you can update on-demand.
extraArgs are left empty, a default of 200000
gasLimit will be set.
As a best practice, separate the reception of CCIP messages from the core business logic of the contract. Implement 'escape hatches' or fallback mechanisms to gracefully manage situations where the business logic encounters issues. To explore this concept further, refer to the Defensive Example guide.
Although CCIP has been thoroughly reviewed and audited, inherent risks might still exist based on your use case, the blockchain networks where you deploy your contracts, and the network conditions on those blockchains.
Before securing value with contracts that implement CCIP interfaces and routers, ensure that your code is secure and reliable. If you have a unique use case for CCIP that might involve additional cross-chain risk, contact the Chainlink Labs Team before deploying your application to mainnet.
Be aware of the Service Limits and Rate Limits for Supported Networks. Before you provide access to end users or secure value, soak test your cross-chain dApps. Ensure that your dApps can operate within these limits and operate correctly during usage spikes or unfavorable network conditions.
When you build applications that depend on CCIP, include monitoring and safeguards to protect against the negative impact of extreme market events, possible malicious activity on your dApp, potential delays, and outages.
Create your own monitoring alerts based on deviations from normal activity. This will notify you when potential issues occur so you can respond to them.