I have downloaded the latest version of Parity. Installed it. It started by default and asked to create an account. I created the same and got some ethers from the parity faucet site by requesting manually. Although etherscan site showed that I have 5 ethers but in my parity UI interface it showed 0. Then realized that it default started in Homestead mode. So I closed parity process manually and then started with parity ui --chain=kovan parameters.

This time it did open in kovan mode but again it asked to create a new account and there was no way to skip it. I killed parity process. Copied the json key file from C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\ethereum to C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\kovan folder again restarted parity with same parameters.

But unfortunately it didn't help and still asked for creating a new account. So need a way to start parity by providing my account details so that it loads the same and doesn't ask to create a new one.

  • To clarify: are you trying to use your main network accounts on the Kovan testnet? Mar 15, 2017 at 18:10
  • What happens if you go to Accounts -> Create -> Import and just import the JSON keyfile via the UI?
    – q9f
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:41
  • Initially I created the account in Homestead. Then I started parity in kovan mode. Now after few restarts in kovan mode parity is no more requesting to create a new account rather loading both of my accounts i.e. one created in main network other in kovan. so not sure what was creating that behaviour. Kovan keys are created in C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\kovan
    – Susmit
    Mar 17, 2017 at 4:48

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Are you sure Kovan testnet's private keys should be stored in C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\kovan?

Start Parity on Kovan chain and create an account as prompted. Verify where the private key is stored and move your private key to that directory.

I suspect Kovan private keys are in C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\test since my Ropsten key is in a directory called test, not ropsten. (I am on Mac)

  • Ropsten keys are in test and Kovan keys in kovan, yes.
    – q9f
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:43

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