Optimism is a layer 2 chain, meaning it functions on top of Ethereum mainnet (layer 1). Transactions take place on Optimism, but the data about transactions get posted to mainnet where they are validated.

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Curve is a decentralized exchange liquidity pool on Ethereum designed for extremely efficient stablecoin trading
Aave is an Open Source and Non-Custodial protocol to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets
A fully decentralized protocol for automated liquidity provision on Ethereum.
Cross-Chain Router Protocol (CRP), envisioned to be the ultimate router for Web3.
Yearn Finance
Yearn.finance is an aggregator service for decentralized finance (DeFi) investors, using automation to allow them to maximize profits from yield farming.
An open protocol providing access to inter-blockchain liquidity for all decentralized applications. Bring BTC, BCH and ZEC to your Ethereum app.
Iron Bank
Iron Bank is a decentralized protocol to protocol lending platform. It allows trusted protocols to borrow funds without posting collateral via whitelisting. It is helping build a better and safer DeFi lending ecosystem, by driving capital efficiency as the liquidity infrastructure and backbone for DeFi and CeFi.
Beefy Finance
Beefy Finance is a Decentralized, Multi-Chain Yield Optimizer platform that allows its users to earn compound interest on their crypto holdings. Through a set of investment strategies secured and enforced by smart contracts, Beefy Finance automatically maximizes the user rewards from various liquidity pools (LPs),‌ ‌automated market making (AMM) projects,‌ ‌and‌ ‌other yield‌ farming ‌opportunities in the DeFi ecosystem.
Synthetix is a derivatives liquidity protocol providing the backbone for derivatives trading in DeFi.
Alchemix is a DeFi protocol that allows for the creation of synthetic tokens that represent the future yield of a deposit. It enables users to retrieve near instant tokenized value against temporary* deposits of stablecoins.
Synapse is a universal cross-chain liquidity network. Synapse connects blockchains by offering an extensible cross-chain communication protocol that supports assets, smart contract calls, and more
G-UNI, an automated liquidity provision ERC-20 for Uniswap v3, powered by Gelato Network
dForce network is an ecosystem of protocols aiming to be a full stack solution for DeFi.
Tornado Cash
Non-custodial anonymous transactions on Ethereum.
Celer cBridge is a multi-chain network that enables instant, low-cost and ANY-to-ANY value transfers within and across different blockchains, such as Ethereum and Polkadot, and different layer-2 scaling solutions on top, such as Optimistic Rollup, ZK Rollup and sidechains
Saddle Finance
Saddle is an automated market maker for pegged value crypto assets.
QiDao is a way for you to keep your crypto and still be able to spend its value. That means you're able to borrow stablecoins without having to sell your crypto assets, and do so at 0% interest!
Beethoven X
We leverage best in breed DeFi protocols to offer novel decentralized investment strategies. Built on Balancer V2, Beethoven X is the first next-generation AMM protocol on Fantom.
Angle is an over-collateralized, decentralized and capital-efficient stablecoin protocol. It is based on two smart contract modules. Angle Core module allows to mint agEUR from any token at face value, open perpetuals on collateral/stablecoin pairs, or deposit tokens to earn yield. Angle Borrowing module allows to borrow or get leverage with agEUR from tokens deposited as collateral. Angle is governed by veANGLE holders.
Protocol users can deposit LP tokens in Tarot Vaults and receive Vault Tokens. The deposited LP tokens are then farmed and earned rewards are automatically converted to additional LP tokens and reinvested.
Hop Protocol
A protocol for sending tokens across rollups and their shared layer-1 network in a quick and trustless manner
Hundred Finance
Hundred Finance is the successor to Percent Finance, a community owned fork of Compound Finance using Chainlink oracles.
Reaper Farm
Rapid auto-compounder on the Fantom network. Reap your favorites while you sleep; backed by industry leading analytics, fresh UI, and a dedicated team.
Ooki is a flexible decentralized finance protocol for margin trading, borrowing, lending and staking on multiple blockchains.
Advanced Crypto Strategies, Yield Optimizer and StableSwap on BSC.
Access cross-chain opportunities on the World's Leading Blockchains using Relay's simple, fast, and secure bridge
KyberSwap is both a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator and a liquidity source with capital-efficient liquidity pools that earns fees for liquidity providers
The first complete decentralized options protocol built on Ethereum
PoolTogetheris an open source and decentralized protocol for no-loss prize games
Pickle Finance is a yield aggregator, auto-compounding users LP positions saving them time and money. The governance token PICKLE can be staked as DILL, to earn a share of the protocols revenues and boost users farm APY
O3 Swap
Multi-chain bridge
Fast, non-custodial L1-L2 and cross-L2 communication.
Perpetual Protocol
Decentralized Perpetual Contracts for Every Asset.
BoringDAO is a decentralized bridge that connects all blockchain assets, we offer users a safe way to maximize their utilization rate of crypto assets.
WePiggy is an open source, non-custodial crypto asset lending market protocol.
Clipper is the decentralized exchange (DEX) built to give the self-made crypto trader the best possible prices on small trades (< $10k)
Decentralized Hedge Funds on Ethereum
Premia's automated options market enables best-in-class pricing based on realtime supply and demand, bringing fully-featured peer-to-pool trading and capital efficiency to DeFi options.
Elk Finance is building Web3 infrastructure for cross-chain value and data transfer via ElkNet - our decentralized bridge. Our motto is Any chain, anytime, anywhere.
Access active liquidity management on Uniswap v3. Gamma has developed a protocol, a management infrastructure, and a variety of strategies used by managers and market makers.
A fluctuations derivatives protocol for hedging yield sensitivity and market price.
Swap, earn, and build on the first optimistic rollup optimized decentralized crypto trading protocol.
The most powerful DeFi trading experience. Tight spreads. Zero slippage. MEV-resistant
Cryptex Finance
Cryptex is focused on building innovative, open-source financial solutions for the global Crypto community. Using Ethereum’s smart contract system, Cryptex is able to create decentralized financial solutions such as Total Crypto Market Cap Token, TCAP and many others.
Permissionless Investment Bank
The Granary
The Granary is a decentralized, user-driven borrowing and lending liquidity market inspired by AAVE.
Pika Protocol
A Perpetual Swap Exchange
Powerbomb Finance
DeFi yield customizer. Deposit liquidity, choose what you want to earn your yields in. Live on Avalanche and Harmony.
Matrix Farm
Matrix is a Farm Aggregator that helps users to simplify their experience on the Fantom vast ecosystem. Indeed, being a Farm Aggregator, Matrix allows users to easily stake their FTM within different liquidity pools.
Fuji DAO
First De-Fi borrowing aggregator
Democratizing the open order book and bringing decentralized exchange to the masses. Built on Ethereum L2.
Aelin is a fundraising protocol built on Ethereum and launched on Optimism.
Thales is an Ethereum protocol that allows the creation of peer-to-peer parimutuel markets that anyone can join. This building block is the foundation of novel on-chain initiatives, from a platform for AMM-based positional markets to immersive gamified experiences, and much more.
Mean Finance
Mean Finance is an open protocol that enables users (or protocols) to Dollar Cost Average (DCA) any ERC20 into any ERC20 with their preferred period frequency, without sacrificing decentralization or giving up personal information to any centralized parties.
The Flashstake protocol is a novel financial infrastructure that allows users to receive instant yield on deposited assets by locking up principal for a chosen duration. The protocol is made possible by Flash Strategies, which utilize underlying protocols such as AAVE, Yearn, etc. to generate yield. For more information visit the documentation: https://docs.flashstake.io/
Fair launch token on Optimism. Not related to any other token. Not related to ZipSwap.
Next generation order book limit trading on Uniswap.
BitANT is a MEME platform token of the BitBTC Protocol project.
Optimism Dog token
Homora is the first flagship product incubated under Alpha Venture DAO (previously Alpha Finance Lab) deployed on the Ethereum network in October, 2020. It is the largest multi-chain lending and leveraged yield farming protocol. Homora V2 is currently available on Ethereum, Avalanche, Fantom, and more coming soon.
Stargate Finance
Stargate Finance is a decentralized reserve currency protocol based on the SGT token on Binance Smart Chain. Economically, it imitates the model created by OlympusDao.
Hyphen provides simple APIs that lets you easily offer instantaneous value transfers between EVM chains, various L2s & allows quick onboarding from L1 to L2s.
Earn interest, borrow assets, and build applications
Uniswap fork
Polynomial Protocol
Polynomial automates financial derivative strategies to create products that deliver passive yield on various assets
Nested is the ideal place for your crypto journey to start 🧩 On Nested, you can build, share, and copy strategies. Earn 50% of the platform’s fees every time someone copies your strategy - our royalties scheme will become your favorite passive income! When you create or copy a strategy, your NFT comes to life and represents it - called a NestedNFT. It's your time to make your mark and appear on the top of our leaderboard!
Arrakis Finance
Arrakis is a protocol that specializes in concentrated & active liquidity management. By creating a curated marketplace of novel tokenized LP strategies, Arrakis facilitates deep liquidity and optimizes LP earnings across its vaults.
LlamaPay is a multi-chain protocol that allows you to automate transactions and stream them by the second. The recipients can withdraw these funds at any time. This eliminates the need for manual transactions
Pegasus Finance
A speculation-focused interest rate perp with novel tokenomics on Optimism.
Koyo Finance
Kōyō is the first next-generation AMM protocol in the Boba ecosystem. It is inspired by Balancer. At its core, it's a decentralised exchange (DEX) that minimizes unnecessary losses from swaps between assets of equal value.
Diamond Protocol
Diamond is a modular vault protocol where #DeFi strategists can build and deploy on-chain strategies without writing code.
Poly Network
Poly Network is a global cross-chain protocol for implementing blockchain interoperability and building Web3.0 infrastructure. Poly Network has also integrated over 20 blockchains.
A revolutionary new AMM based on Solidly launched on Optimism.
UniDex is a DeFi aggregation layer making interesting trading products such as leverage trading aggregation, derivatives, and other trading products.
What makes InsureDAO different is our ability to handle everything from creating and selling insurance, to managing surplus funds. We enable DeFi protocols to easily provide full-featured insurance services to users, whilst ensuring maximum returns for our underwriters.
USD+ is USDC that pays yield daily via rebase. USD+ stablecoin can be instantly minted and redeemed to USDC 1:1. USD+ includes 3 components:1.Pegged to USDC 1:12.Yield generating 3.Insurance (soon)
Toros Finance is a platform which provides automated Dynamic Vaults with various investment strategies.
XY Finance
XY Finance is One-Stop Cross-Chain Swap Aggregator for DeFi & Metaverse.
Beefy is a Decentralized, Multichain Yield Optimizer platform that allows users to earn compound interest on crypto. Through a set of investment strategies secured and enforced by smart contracts, Beefy automatically maximizes rewards from various liquidity pools (LPs),‌ ‌automated market making (AMM) projects,‌ ‌and‌ ‌other yield‌ farming ‌opportunities in the DeFi ecosystem.
Revert Compoundor
Revert Compoundor is a protocol to automate compounding of liquidity provider fees for positions in Uniswap v3.
Router Protocol
Router Protocol is a cross-chain communication protocol, that can not only enable the transfer of assets but can also support the passing of arbitrary data across chains. Developers can leverage its infra to build diverse cross-chain applications with ease. Router Protocol has built an open-source developer tooling suite that includes a CrossTalk smart contract library, a NodeJS SDK, a cross-chain block explorer, and other tools to help with the continuous integration and development of cross-chain dApps.
Juggler Red
AMM on Optimism chain
NEX aims to maximize the synergy of combining the advantages of DEX with CEXs’ seamless user experience. Supporting zero price-impact trades and minimal slippage with the use of oracle price feeds, NEX optimizes trading and swaps processes for any trader. NEX’s unique multi-asset liquidity pool empowers investors to hedge their portfolios and earn additional APR.
Symphony Finance
Symphony is a DEX designed to earn you maximum yield on limit orders and fill trades in real-time at the best prices.
Lemma is a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol with two products: leveraged basis trading vault and USDL, a stablecoin that is fully decentralized, 100% capital efficient and USD pegged. It also has a spot exchange that allows traders to swap spot assets using perpetual futures markets much deeper liquidity called LemmaSwap.
Sonne Finance
Sonne Finance is a decentralized lending protocol for individuals, institutions and protocols to access financial services. It is a permissionless, open source and Optimistic protocol serving users on Optimism. Users can deposit their assets, use them as collateral and borrow against them
Homora V2
Homora is the first flagship product incubated under Alpha Venture DAO (previously Alpha Finance Lab) deployed on the Ethereum network in October, 2020. It is the largest multi-chain lending and leveraged yield farming protocol. Homora V2 is currently available on Ethereum, Avalanche, Fantom, Optimism and more coming soon.
Sushiswap Trident
TRIDENT 🔱 is a newly developed AMM and routing system from SushiSwap (Sushi).
Sushi Furo
Earn, stream and automate your DAO salaries and token vesting with Furo.
Sushi BentoBox
BentoBox is a token vault that generates yield for the capital deposited into it, protocols can be built on top such as Kashi, Trident, Limit Order and Furo.
Sushi Trident
TRIDENT 🔱 is a newly developed AMM and routing system from SushiSwap (Sushi).
Granary Finance
Granary Finance is a decentralized, user-driven borrowing and lending liquidity market inspired by AAVE.
Uniswap V3
A fully decentralized protocol for automated liquidity provision on Ethereum. V2
Spherium Finance ecosystem offers a complete suite of financial services comprising a universal wallet, token swap platform, money markets, staking services, and cross-chain liquidity transfer. Spherium aims to function as a global financial service provider, extending fundamental financial services to the unbanked.
OPX Finance
OPX (Decentralized Spot & Perpetual Exchange) - the next DEX generation in Optimizing Investment Efficiency & Leverage Trading
Crypto trading experience elevated. Buy, sell, trade BTC, altcoins & NFTs. Get access to the spot and futures market or stake your coins securely.
Leading cryptocurrency exchange with over 1400+ cryptocurrencies & stablecoins such as Bitcoi, Ethereum, Dogecoin
2Pi Network
2Pi Network is an aggregator service for Fintech companies, using automation to allow them to maximize profits from yield farming.
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