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ERC-20 is a standard interface for tokens, which means ERC-20 tokens are a subset of Ethereum tokens.

Over the last few years the process of creating tokens that work on the Ethereum network has changed, yielding with the creation of the “ERC-20 Standard.”

The ERC-20 Standard outlines a set of rules that tokens follow on the Ethereum network, to produce expected results. When a developer incorporates a specific set of functions into their smart contracts the token becomes ERC-20 compliant, which allows it to perform the following actions:

  1. Token total supply
  2. Account balance
  3. Token transfers
  4. Approvement of token spendng

Ever since these easy-to-follow ERC-20 standards have been in place, there has been a huge increase of tokens in the cryptocurrency space. This is why an ERC-20 token will only work on the Ethereum platform.


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