Ethereum Blockchain – Getting Free Test Ethers For Rinkeby Test Network
There is a term called gas that we all pay when we want to make a transaction or execute a contract on the Ethereum blockchain platform. So, typically gas is the internal pricing for running a transaction or contract in the Ethereum network.
Every time a transaction(development purpose) is to be carried out or any contract deployed on the local blockchain, MetaMask displays a prompt, detailing the requested transaction, along with the Gas price(very low) as well as any other Ether amount that might have to be sent and for that, test ethers will be used for payment. Below is an example of MetaMask prompt message for paying gas.
Note: Test ethers are used only for development purposes in a way they are fake ethers.
Steps To Get Free Ethers
Step 1: Set up your MetaMask properly.
- First, go to the Chrome web store and search for MetaMask. You can get MetaMask extension from here.
- Install the extension.
- For using MetaMask you need to finish the signup/new-account procedure.
Step 2: Switch your network to the Rinkeby test network in MetaMask. You will see your current balance for the Rinkeby test network.
Step 3: Copy your account address by just clicking on your account address.
Step 4: Go to the Rinkeby Faucet website using the below-given URL- https://faucet.rinkeby.io/
Step 5: You will land on an interface like this:
Step 6: Now there are two ways to get ether either using Twitter post or Facebook post. You can go with any of them though going with Twitter will be an easy choice.
Step 7: Tweet the account address that you have copied earlier. Below is an example of the tweet.
Step 8: Copy your Tweet URL and paste it in the input box on the page of the Rinkeby Faucet website.
Step 9: On the right side of the input box there is a “Give me Ether” dropdown containing three options with ether amounts click on any clicked amount of test ether will be transferred to your given account address in the tweet.
Step 10: The ether transfer process may take 2-15 minutes to be done. When test ethers funded to your account you will see something like this.
After the process completed you will see something like this in your MetaMask.