The testnet is a alternative Hathor network, to be used for testing. Tokens in the testnet are distinct from the actual tokens that run on the Hathor mainnet and should never have any value. This allows application developers or testers to experiment, without having to use real tokens or worrying about impacting the mainnet.
WARNING: if someone offers to sell some testnet tokens to you, he is a scammer.
Each new testnet is deployed to test new features and/or bug fixes before they're deployed to the mainnet. There might be (an usually there are) more than one testnet running in parallel. Every new loop will be announced on our website and social media channels beforehand.
Every testnet is named in a way that's possible to identify it, using the NATO phonetic alphabet. The first testnet was named
alpha, followed by
bravo and so on.
Mainnet and testnet addresses are not compatible. They start with different letters. Always make sure you're using the correct address when sending and receiving tokens to prevent any accidental loss.
P2PKH scripts addresses start with
Wc3UFdkB1gKR7onhSwMHnnV8Nzg75GGH9T). This is the most common type when sending tokens.
P2SH scripts addresses start with
You can use the public Hathor Faucet project to get tokens. It is available at https://testnet.gethathor.com/. Be aware that this is a project built and maintained by the Hathor community, not the core team.
Or you can also mine blocks and receive the reward tokens. We have a stratum-enabled server in our testnet that miners can connect to. Read more about our mining tools.
Sure! Go ahead, create your token and share them with your friends. Just remember that, when we reset the testnet, everything will be lost.
Of course! Our code is open source and anyone is welcome to join the network: https://github.com/HathorNetwork/hathor-core
Our testnet has both private and public nodes. Here is the list of public nodes: