Get Test-Net Ether¶
If you have never worked with blockchains before, then the first confusing this you will encounter is: There is not one blockchain, but many different blockchains. I am talking about Ethereum Blockchains.
It's like having different databases. But only one is considered the "Main" Database, or "Mainnet".
There are also other blockchains, for testing different aspects. Each of those have usually a name and a specific network and chain id. There is no central list of them, because everyone can open their own blockchain, but here's a good overview.
In this tutorial, we will use either Ropsten or Görli to get Test-Ether and start a transaction.
Get Görli Test-Ether¶
Switch the network to Goerli.
Attention here: some of the pictures have "Ropsten" selected, but the Ropsten test-network had a couple of hiccups, so I recommend Goerli instead!
List of ETH Testnet Faucets
Sometimes Faucets don't work as expected. Unfortunately there is nothing much that I can do about it. It is time intensive to run a faucet and usually it doesn't pay off economically. Here is a list of Faucets in case the one here doesn't work, you can probably switch to another one:
My current go-to Faucet I really like for all networks: https://faucet.paradigm.xyz
Kovan: https://gitter.im/kovan-testnet/faucet basically post your eth address in the gitter chat
Another "special edition" Faucet is maintained by Keir "Blockchain-Gandalf" Finlow-Bates, who also wrote a great book about Blockchains. He tries to maintain it as good as possible and it outputs Ropsten Ether: https://moonborrow.com
Kintsugi (Eth2.0): https://kintsugi.themerge.dev
Click on "Get Ether"
A new website should open up. That's the faucet to get Ether. A Faucet is like a "get free Ether" -- site. The Ethers are having no value, they are running under a "test" Blockchain, but they are great for getting your feet wet with transactions and how Wallets work.
Copy your Address from MetaMask by clicking directly on the address:
Paste it into the Goerli Faucet Value Field and hit "I'm not a robot" and "Request 0.05 GÖETH"
Wait until the popup appears...
Don't click the link of the transaction, most likely it will not really work anyways. Let's track our Incoming Transaction in the next step!