A testnet is a trial version of a blockchain used to identify bugs and other issues.
Testnets are early prototype versions of blockchain networks that typically do not run with full capacity. The testnet is deployed by programmers to identify problems with the software or design of the blockchain prior to full deployment. Testnet participants use testnet tokens or coins to interact with the network. These assets don’t have monetary value but function in exactly the same manner as will mainnet assets upon mainnet launch.
Many protocols use incentivized testnets to increase participation on the testnet. For most incentivized testnets, winners receive mainnet assets to stake to their node post-launch.
When a network transitions from testnet to mainnet, it is typically considered to have gone live for use.
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