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Where can I buy ethereum tokens on a testnet like Kovan? I have tried going into regular exchanges (e.g. Binance) but it seems like they only provide functionality for mainnet.

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    You can get kovan from here: linkfaucet.protofire.io/kovan Jul 26, 2021 at 9:37
  • When I hover over any of the two buttons, my mouse dissapears. Jul 26, 2021 at 9:44
  • Make sure you have pasted your address in the wallet address feild. Jul 26, 2021 at 9:53
  • Thanks a lot! It worked and now I have some tokens on a testnet! Jul 26, 2021 at 10:25

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When exchanges or other financial tools talk about ETH (Ether), they almost always mean the ETH on Ethereum's mainnet. This is not the same as testnet ETH in pretty much any way - they are completely incompatible with each other.

The general point of testnet ETH is that it is valueless. There have been some experiments in other ecosystems with "incentivized" testnets, as to say that the native testnet token has some value, but not as much as the mainnet token. (Kusama network may be the best example of this as of this writing.)

As of right now, all ETH testnets are valueless. There has been some talk about making Goerli's ETH have some value, but no serious effort has been made, and to my knowledge, the major validators are opposed. One of the reasons they remain valueless is due to things like faucets - sites that will gift an amount of the testnet ETH for free. The amounts vary from faucet to faucet (and some faucets have different "tiers"). Sometimes you can find validators/miners/etc who are willing to gift large amounts of the ETH for test purposes. (I know of one case of 1 million testnet ETH being gifted for testing purposes.) As mentioned in the comments to the OP's question, Kovan also has faucets, and the amounts provided should be enough to cover dapp testing in most cases.

Hope that helps!

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  • In other words, if I want to exchange Ethereum tokens, as of right now, I have to use mainnet ethereum? Jul 26, 2021 at 10:21
  • ok, this might have actually been a more fundamental question: when people talk about Ether (ETH), they are generally referring to the native token of the Ethereum mainnet blockchain. This incompatible with any other Ether, such as Kovan Ether, which is valueless. I'll try to add this to the answer.
    – Linum Labs
    Jul 26, 2021 at 10:55
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You can use the - https://faucet.rinkeby.io/ for Rinkeby.

NOTE: Use a Twitter post option (had issues with Facebook post).

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I'm late to this, but you can do a couple things to get testnet eth:

  • Mine ETH for yourself on rospsten, it's somewhat easy to do but can be time consuming and resource intensive (power and computing)
  • Use a faucet like this one: https://faucet.egorfine.com
  • You can also buy ropsten eth with tools like ropsten.money (full disclosure: I made ropsten.money)
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  • Please don't copy & paste the same answer in multiple question, the system will mark them as spam.
    – Ismael
    Feb 25, 2022 at 5:38

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