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July 03, 2018, 10:48:23 PM
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The Best way to understand how to send and receive Bitcoin transactions without any risk - is to try out and learn with TESTNET

This Guideline is for Electrum wallet (for other wallets will be added on demand).

[0 step] Before setting up an Testnet, it’s essential to run Electrum at least once in Mainnet mode to add essential files that Testnet Electrum will need to run further.



for MacOS


[step 1] Run Terminal. Paste this text to open Nano editor:  
Code:
nano ~/Desktop/electrum

[step 2] When Nano is opened in Terminal paste this text:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

open -n /Applications/Electrum.app --args --testnet


When you’re done, Nano should looks like this https://imgur.com/a/6tyMfmN

[step 3] Save file in Nano: ctrl+x -> Y -> press Enter. And Electrum file will appears on your Desktop.

[step 4] Paste to Terminal text:
Code:
chmod +x ~/Desktop/electrum

Now your Electrum icon became executable. Find electrum icon on your desktop and Double-click it, this should start Testnet mode.



for Ubuntu


[step 1] Run Terminal. Paste this text to open Nano editor:
Code:
nano ~/Desktop/electrum.desktop

[step 2] When Nano is opened in Terminal paste this text:
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Electrum Testnet
Exec=electrum --testnet
Icon=electrum

[step 3] Save file in Nano editor: ctrl+x -> Y -> press Enter. You should see an file labeled “Electrum Testnet” on your desktop.

[step 4] Paste to Terminal text to make file executable:
Code:
chmod +x ~/Desktop/electrum.desktop

Double-click the icon. This should start Electrum in Testnet mode.



for Windows


[step 1] Copy the Electrum launcher and paste the copy on the desktop. Rename the copy to “Electrum Testnet”.

[step 2] Go to “Electrum Testnet” launcher properties: right click, Properties

[step 3] Under the “Target” field append the following text: --testnet (a leading space is required, and there are two dashes). Click OK.

When you’re done, Properties window should looks like this https://imgur.com/a/uQTTKFF



How to receive your TESTNET Bitcoins


[step 1] Go to Bitcoin TESTNET Sandbox https://testnet.manu.backend.hamburg/faucet

[step 2] Paste your receiving address into the form field labeled “Your TestNet Address” -> Check the box  “I’m not a robot”  -> click the button labeled “Give me some coins”.

[edited] Don't forget to send Testnet Bitcoins back. Please send left coins to 2N8hwP1WmJrFF5QWABn38y63uYLhnJYJYTF.


 * This topic is based on this article https://bitzuma.com/posts/a-beginners-guide-to-the-electrum-bitcoin-wallet/#funding-your-wallet. I have tried out myself on macOS.
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July 03, 2018, 10:53:14 PM
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Now make one on trying out the lightning network and I will throw you some merits Cheesy

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July 04, 2018, 07:18:07 AM
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Thanks for copying my idea.

Testnet is certainly useful for some experimentation, but the reason I am starting my Onkly project is to take it a bit further, and to include user interaction, and some other features associated with mining and the running of archive and pruned nodes. Using an on-line wallet is not really teaching members about the mechanics of Bitcoin, or the creation of new coins.

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July 04, 2018, 07:25:21 AM
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Now make one on trying out the lightning network and I will throw you some merits Cheesy

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4559889.msg41080256#msg41080256
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July 04, 2018, 09:06:18 AM
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Now make one on trying out the lightning network and I will throw you some merits Cheesy

got it, will take a look later  Wink
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July 08, 2018, 07:12:28 PM
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Thanks for copying my idea.

Testnet is certainly useful for some experimentation, but the reason I am starting my Onkly project is to take it a bit further, and to include user interaction, and some other features associated with mining and the running of archive and pruned nodes. Using an on-line wallet is not really teaching members about the mechanics of Bitcoin, or the creation of new coins.

I agree with you, using Testnet cannot help to deeply understand Bitcoin and technologies behind it. Since not everyone want to know technical details, but still want to be part of crypto community by using bitcoin, it can help Newbies to learn how to send and receive coins, how a wallet works and other basic stuff. 
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added info where to send left Testnet Bitcoins.
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