The launch of our brand new Testnet Faucet illustrates our commitment to the wider cryptocurrency community and its vision. Our free tools will help developers push their start-ups forward.
WHAT'S THE POINT OF A TESTNET?
Every major blockchain has a test network running alongside it. These testnets are often identical to the main network and help blockchain developers trial major network upgrades before they are rolled out. They also allow developers to test their prototype applications in a safe environment in preparation for use on the main networks.
This is what Bitcoin.org has to say about the Bitcoin Testnet:
"A global testing environment in which developers can obtain and spend satoshis that have no real-world value on a network that is very similar to the Bitcoin mainnet."
THE ROPSTEN NETWORK
Ropsten went live in November 2016 and is currently backed by POW for its security. It also has its own currency, Ropsten ETH, that can be mined, similarly to the main network.
From a support software perspective, both Geth and Parity Nodes can be configured using the following flags:
- Geth: --testnet
- Parity: --chain=ropsten
DOES ROPSTEN ETH HAVE VALUE?
Testnet tokens typically have no value; after all, there is no economic value attached to them. However, there is a small scarcity value where a developer requires some to test their project. To do this, they need to spend resources to mine, or ask someone to share tokens with them.
Right now, we’re currently mining on the Ropsten testnet and using these tokens for our own testing purposes. Our new faucet will mean that any excess tokens which we hold will be readily available for developers.
To get your hands on them, simply visit our Testnet Faucet and enter your Ropsten ETH address.
MORE GREAT UPDATES ON THE WAY
We’re committed to help fellow developers create great products. Keep an eye on our ever-growing faucet for the new coins and tokens that we’re planning to add in the near future.
Thanks for being a part of our brilliant community!