The Filecoin testnet is a live community test network.
Testnet is not a stable network. All Filecoin software implementations, including lotus, will be modified before we launch the Filecoin mainnet.
Filecoin is under active development and open source. Follow our progress on Github.
Mainnet has not yet launched and the FIL token does not yet exist.
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Issues, help requests, general questions and mining benchmarks can be shared in the Filecoin Community Slack:
For async discussions use the Filecoin discussion forum.
Testnet is a playground for experimentation, finding issues, breaking and fixing things!
We welcome all disclosures of security vulnerabilities and protocol issues.
Please follow our security vulnerability reporting instructions to report them.
Filecoin node software is open source. Anyone can download and run Filecoin nodes and the testnet is open to the public.
The Filecoin testnet is a live test network for interoperable implementations of the Filecoin protocol. It is also a period of significant testing, benchmarking, and optimizations. The purpose of the testnet is to evaluate Filecoin at meaningful scale before we launch mainnet and to fix any issues that may arise.
The network is and always will be open for anyone to access and join without restriction, and the Filecoin Project codebase is free and open-source. Anyone can install the software, connect to the network, and explore Filecoin.
The testnet is the most realistic simulation of the Filecoin mainnet to date.
Currently, the Filecoin testnet operates with one Filecoin implementation: lotus. The network itself is implementation-agnostic. Several implementations, including go-filecoin, will soon interoperate on the Filecoin testnet. We’ll announce on this blog when more implementations join the network!
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Filecoin protocol is not yet 100% complete or stable. Testnet will not be a stable network; the entire purpose of testnet is for us to find and fix bugs, so this is expected! The network will be restarted at least once, and possibly several times, between now and mainnet launch. Additionally, all Filecoin software implementations, including lotus, will evolve significantly between now and mainnet as we incorporate user feedback, discover new optimizations, and continue to improve the protocol.
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