The CFG token lives natively on Centrifuge Chain but can be bridged to Ethereum and used as an ERC20 token. The ERC20 Token is called wCFG on Ethereum and has the address
0xc221b7E65FfC80DE234bbB6667aBDd46593D34F0 on Ethereum mainnet.
The bridge used by Centrifuge is a trusted relayer bridge. This means a set of relayers are trusted with relaying messages between Ethereum and Centrifuge chain. When assets are moved between the chains these relayers pick up the message on Centrifuge chain and trigger a transaction in Ethereum or vice versa. The bridge is built by ChainSafe in collaboration with Celo, Aragon and ETH Classic. Read ChainSafe's announcement to learn more about the bridge.
Want to run your own bridge? Head over to: Running the bridge
The CFG<>wCFG bridge relies on a set of relayers to submit transactions to Ethereum and Centrifuge Chain about the events happening on the other chain. Because these transactions can be very costly at high gas prices the bridge must charge high enough fees that it will be able to pay for its fees even during times of very high gas prices. For this reason the fee to go from Centrifuge Chain to Ethereum is relatively high whereas to bridge tokens from Ethereum to Centrifuge chain is cheaper (only the gas fees in gwei on Ethereum have to be paid). In addition because Centrifuge Chain does not have any insight into gas prices on Ethereum there is no way to charge the actual gas spent. The bridge fees are constant and can be changed at any time by the council and are shown to you before you bridge any tokens. There are ways to improve the performance of this in future iterations (batching of transactions, signature aggregation etc.).
Each wCFG is backed by one CFG locked up in the bridge account on Centrifuge Chain when moved over to Ethereum and you can move between Ethereum and Centrifuge at any time without any restrictions.
Using CFG on Centrifuge Chain allows you to:
Using wCFG on Ethereum allows you:
A hosted bridge UI is available at https://bridge.centrifuge.io Navigate over there and you will be presented with two options: Get CFG to move ERC20 wCFG to Centrifuge Chain and Get wCFG to move native CFG to Ethereum. Select which way you would like to use the bridge and the UI will ask you to connect your wallet (either via Metamask for Ethereum or the Polkadot.js Browser Extension).
Enter the amount you want to transfer (the bridge fee will be deducted automatically) and the destination address (make sure you use the right address format 0xxxx for Ethereum and 4xxx for Centrifuge chain!):
Click on Start Transfer and then confirm the transfer:
The bridge relayers now submit your transfer request on chain and after enough confirmations have passed you will receive the tokens on your target chain (an anverage transfer takes about 15 minutes, in case of higher traffic in both networks it can take a little bit longer).