What is an NFT Allowlist (Or Whitelist): Guide

Last Updated:
November 29, 2022
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An NFT allowlist (otherwise known as whitelist) is a list of crypto wallet addresses collected via a web3 enabled form that allow specific community members a guaranteed spot for minting a new NFT collection.

Resource by: 
Jenny B. Ge

Introduction: NFT Allowlists / Whitelists

Sales of NFTs have exploded in the past 2 years and some of the most iconic projects in web3 have been NFT projects – think CryptoPunks and Doodles. These projects have massively benefitted their early adopters as their value has skyrocketed from their initial minting price. You may have got FOMO and find yourself wondering, how you can become one of the early supporters of the next iconic NFT project?

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Crowd of fans with hands raised (Unsplash, Anthony Delanoix)

What is an NFT Allowlist?

NFT allowlists are a list of wallet addresses that have been given special minting rights to new NFT projects. This right guarantees the option to mint one or multiple NFTs before their official, public launch date, often at a cheaper price.

Depending on the NFT project, this advance minting timeframe can range between 24 to 48 hours before the sale is made public.

To get onto an allowlist, each NFT project can set their own criteria and when your wallet address is added to the allowlist for a project, it means that you have fulfilled the founding team’s requirements. Examples of requirements include participation in a raffle draw, following social media accounts and tagging friends in a social media post.  

Why are NFT allowlists Important?

NFT allowlists are similar to a VIP list for an IRL event. People who are on the allowlist receive special perks. NFT allowlists allow the founders of a NFT project to reward their early supporters who may have helped to promote or contribute to the project. In addition to giving these supporters a lower minting price, allowlist access also helps to keep gas fees low when they’re minting their NFTs. This is similar to traffic crashing websites when there is high demand for a product or concert tickets (ex. Think Beyoncé concert ticket sales). Being on the NFT allowlist means you have a specific time period during which you can choose to mint an NFT at your leisure without needing to compete with others during a period of high demand.

For NFT projects that have high demand and a lot of public interest, the public mint can sell out very quickly and getting onto their allowlist will guarantee that you will have a chance to purchase one (or several) before the collection sells out. NFT allowlists benefit both the founders of a project and their community.

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VIP card attached to a wood pole (Unsplash, Immo Wegmann)


Steps to Getting on an NFT allowlist

  1. Find projects that have not launched yet.

    Twitter is an excellent platform for finding out about new NFT launches. There are also websites that list upcoming NFT launches, although some lists can be more comprehensive and updated than others. Remember that not all projects will have a allowlist but it’s become a common feature for popular projects.
  2. Join the project’s Discord community

    This is a great way to learn about their requirements to get your wallet address on their allowlist. Usually, this requires promotion on social media but the requirements will be different depending on the project.
  3. Follow the requirements to get on a project’s allowlist

    Double check with the founding team that your wallet address has been added if they don’t notify you themselves or if there is no automatic notifications system set up for the project. Double check the wallet address that you provided to the founding team so the right wallet is added to their allowlist.
  4. Always remember to do your own due diligence before jumping into a new project.

    Even though your wallet is added to the allowlist of a new NFT project, it doesn’t mean you need to mint that NFT if you’re unsure about the community or have outstanding questions about the project.
  5. And finally, beware of scams!

    If you’re offered to purchase a spot on a project’s allowlist, it’s likely a scam. Twitter DMs that offer an allowlist spot for a project that you’ve never heard of are also likely a scam.

In summary

NFT allowlists are a common way for founding teams to reward their early supporters. It’s completely possible to get on the allowlist of an upcoming NFT project, which will guarantee your ability to mint one of the NFTs in that collection before the sale goes live to the public.

Now that you know what NFT allowslists are and where they can be found, one of your first action items can be to follow Metacommerce’s own Ryan Watkins on Twitter to stay updated about any future NFT projects.