If you haven't already, you will need to clone the Chia Blockchain repository, then follow the below steps to set it up and configure it for the testnet.
If you are using Windows, we recommend PowerShell, and you may need to replace forward slashes
/ with backslashes
- Open the
chia-blockchainfolder in a command prompt of your choice.
- Set the environment variable
./Install.ps1on Windows or
./install.shon MacOS or Linux.
. ./activateto use the Python virtual environment.
chia initto setup and configure Chia.
chia keys generateto prepare the wallet keys.
chia configure -t trueto use the Testnet.
- Download the Testnet database and place it in the
- Finally, run
chia start nodeto start the full node.
Now you can set up the wallet and use a faucet to receive Testnet coins to use in the upcoming guides.
chia start walletto start the wallet.
chia wallet get_addressto get the next wallet address.
- Go to the Testnet faucet and give it your address.
- Wait a minute or two and run
chia wallet showto check your balance.
If you were previously running on mainnet, you will have a list of mainnet peers stored in the following file:
Be sure to rename or delete this file when you convert your system to running on testnet. If you do not do this, your system will eventually drop its mainnet peers and add new testnet peers, but this could take a long time.
One way to speed up the peer discovery process even more is to run the add-nodes bash script. Note that this script won't work on Windows. Your mileage also may vary on Linux and MacOS.
You should now be ready to use the Testnet to create and spend smart coins. As always, if you ran into any issues while setting up the Testnet, feel free to ask for support on our Discord.