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Getting testnet tokens

Welcome to our Testnet token claiming guide! Here you will find steps to follow to get test tokens and start exploring and experimenting on Web3 in a simple, secure, and risk-free environment.

What is a Testnet?

In blockchain technology, a Testnet is an instance of a blockchain used for testing without incurring the risks or costs associated with the main blockchain.

To operate on a Testnet blockchain, the procedure is almost the same as thafollowed on the main chain. What does this mean? Although this test network doesn't involve real monetary costs, it does require you to have test tokens to cover the GAS for transactions.

Ultimately, a Testnet allows you to simulate a transaction on the blockchain. Therefore, there is also a GAS cost for each transaction.

These are the steps to follow in order to get testnet tokens

Step 1: Access a Faucet

To obtain Testnet tokens, you first need to go to a Faucet.

A Faucet is an online website that provides small amounts of tokens for free so that users can make transactions on the Testnet.

Using a web browser, search for the Faucet of the network from which you want to obtain tokens. For example, if you want to get tokens from the Polygon Testnet (Mumbai), search for the Mumbai Faucet.

Step 2: Claim Tokens from the Network

Once you're on the Faucet page, enter your wallet address (or connect your wallet) and claim the tokens.

After claiming, it will take a few seconds for them to arrive in your account.

To see an example of the complete process, watch the following video:

Considerations

To operate in a simple and secure manner, there are some considerations to keep in mind.

The first thing to note is that there are many Faucets, some created by the blockchain itself and others by third parties. Be cautious when connecting your wallet and avoid pages that seem suspicious.

Some blockchains have other methods to obtain Testnet tokens, such as accessing their Discord channel and requesting funds.

These Faucets provide a limited number of tokens, intended solely for developers to have funds for testing on the main chain. Additionally, they often have restrictions based on IP address and account balance. If you attempt to make multiple requests in a short period of time from the same device or network, or from a wallet that already has funds, your request may be denied.

Now you're ready to get Testnet tokens and start building your DApps on Web3!