Testnet Guide

The Zcash testnet is an alternative blockchain that attempts to mimic the main Zcash network for testing purposes. Testnet coins are distinct from actual ZEC and do not have value. Developers and users can experiment with the testnet without having to use valuable currency. The testnet is also used to test network upgrades and their activation before committing to the upgrade on the main Zcash network.

Joining

In order to use the testnet, you must:

Follow the User Guide to install a Zcash node

Set the Configuration for your node to sync with testnet (and optionally mine testnet coins)

Using

Obtain testnet coins (TAZ)
You can use the testnet faucet or enable mining in your configuration to obtain TAZ
Creating transactions
Use the Zcash Payment API to create transactions on testnet
Testnet explorers

You can use the Zcash testnet explorer or other, third-party testnet explorers including testnet.zcha.in.

Note

See the Network Upgrade Developer Guide for details on testing network upgrades.