What is Testnet? - TokenMarket

Also known as: Morden

Testnet is a term for a testing network for a blockchains, that allows testing of experimental features and do test versions of apps without using real money. Learn all about Testnet.

Testnet
Also Known as: Morden, Görli, Kovan, Rinkerby

What is a Testnet?

Testnet is a term for a testing network for a blockchains, that allows testing of experimental features and do test versions of apps without using real money.

The testnet is an alternative Bitcoin, Ethereum or other blockchain implementation, to be used for testing. Testnet coins are separate and distinct from actual coins, and are never supposed to have any value. Testnets allows application developers or bitcoin testers to experiment, without having to use real bitcoins or worrying about breaking the main bitcoin or ethereum chain. Effectively providing a sandbox environment to imitate how the application will work in the “real world” or mainnet.

What testnets are there?

Ethereum has seen testnets over its history - all with different protocol features and blockchain characteristics like block finalisation time, tested out.

  • Görli
  • Kovan
  • Rinkerby
  • Ropsten (historical)
  • Morden (historical)

Bitcoin has one testnet and generally other blockchains like EOS have only one testnet.

Polkatdot has a testnet called Kusama.

Decentralised application developers can also run private testnets that are only accessible on their own laptop or local network.

What is a mainnet?

Mainnet is the “real” blockchain where actual transactions are recorded to blockchain and you pay for them. There is only one mainnet per blockchain. I.e. One Ethereum mainnet, one Bitcoin mainnet etc.

New Dapps, (decentralised applications), will utilise mainnet once complete and developers are happy to publish them for users to use in the “real world”.

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