About Lucid

Welcome to Lucid, an off-chain framework for Cardano.

Lucid (pronounced /ˈluː.sɪd/) means expressed clearly or easy to understand.

Lucid is a platform designed to simplify the development process on Cardano by eliminating the challenges associated with building transactions and interacting with smart contracts. It achieves this by providing an abstraction layer that hides the complexities of Cardano's infrastructure.
One of the benefits of using Lucid is that it is built using JavaScript/TypeScript, which makes it easier for developers to access a broad range of libraries from the JavaScript community. This lowers the barrier to entry for developers looking to build on Cardano and reduces the amount of time and effort required to get started.

What Lucid is

To comprehend Lucid, it's essential to understand how Cardano operates. On Cardano, the majority of computation occurs off-chain. Smart contracts, also known as validators, are simply scripts that lock UTxOs. To spend these UTxOs, the validator must be executed, resulting in either true or false. However, a validator alone cannot modify the state of the chain; only the transaction can do so. The validator ensures that the transaction is created with certain necessary constraints. Lucid is a framework that simplifies the process of building these transactions to meet the validator's constraints. In summary, Lucid makes it easier to construct transactions that satisfy the requirements of the validator.

What Lucid is not

It's important to note that Lucid isn't a smart contract language or a tool to create validators. Rather, it is an off-chain component that streamlines the process of managing everything from building transactions to creating wallets. With Lucid, developers can focus on building the logic for their dApps while the platform handles the complexities of transaction and wallet management. This simplifies the development process and allows developers to build Cardano-based applications with greater ease and efficiency.