BEP-721 is a Binance Smart Chain (BSC) token standard that allows for the creation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It’s an extension of Ethereum’s ERC-721, one of the most commonly used NFT standards and is compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Each NFT is unique and is not interchanged with any other token.
BEP-721 tokens allow you to tokenize the ownership of data and attach to it a unique identifier. This aspect makes the token one of a kind and vastly different from BEP-20 tokens. WIth BEP-20, developers can create multiple identical tokens within one smart contract. However, with BEP-721, each token is assigned a different token ID.
Through these unique IDs, BEP-721 tokens can be used to represent collectible, non-fungible items. Users can trade and transfer these tokens based on their market value, which depends on the token’s rarity or utility.
BEP-721 tokens can represent:
Like other tokens on Binance Smart Chain, BEP-721 token transfers require BNB for gas fees. BEP-721 tokens can be created on various platforms in the BSC ecosystem, including the Binance NFT Marketplace, Featured By Binance, BakerySwap, and Juggerworld.
BEP-721 has a list of functions that govern how the token interacts with the Binance Smart Chain. Some of these are fairly standard and are also present in the BEP-20 standard:
There’s also a set of basic ownership functions, some of which are optional to include. A unique feature for NFTs is the metadata function:
tokenMetadata: This function allows for the inclusion of metadata into a token used to link to an artwork file or another collectible aspect of the NFT.