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How to request funds from the Rinkeby testnet

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Introduction

Cryptocurrencies allow new functionalities. To ensure that these new functionalities don't harm the underlying blockchain, testnets are used.

A testnet is a test network on which engineers can experiment with the new functionalities without compromising the working of the leading network.

A faucet is a web-based service that gives free tokens to clients of the testnet that run a stake pool or other hub.

Note: This Educative Answer uses a MetaMask account. If you don't have an account yet, please follow the instructions linked here to create a new account.

Requesting funds from a testnet

The following are the steps to request funds from the Rinkeby testnet:

  • Step 2: Click the "Connect wallet" button as shown on the above page. This will prompt you to select the wallet service provider company as shown below:
  • Step 3: Select the "MetaMask" option and you’ll be taken to the following web page:

Note: If the web page isn’t similar to the one shown above, perform the following steps first before proceeding:

  • Click the MetaMask icon in the extension bar.
  • Click your profile image.
  • Navigate to Settings -> Advanced.
  • Make sure the “Show test networks” option is turned on.
  • Step 4: Now, click the MetaMask icon in the extension bar. This will open the following prompt:
  • Step 5: Select "Rinkeby Test Network" from the dropdown menu, as shown in the image below:
  • Step 6: Now, copy the wallet address by clicking it:
  • Step 7: Finally, paste your wallet address on the ChainLink Faucets web page, fill the reCAPTCHA block and press the "Send request" button:

A popup opens that shows the status of the request. A completed request status looks like the following:

Lastly, you can verify the transaction under the "Activity tab" inside the MetaMask extension, as shown below:

Congratulations! Our request for funds from the Rinkeby testnet faucet has been successful.

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