What is Taiko?
Taiko is an up and coming Type 1 ZK-EVM and fully decentralized Ethereum-based ZK-Rollup. It will compete with other zk-based rollups like Zk-Sync, Starknet and Polygons ZK-based solution Hermez.
The platform has just released the Taiko Alpha-1 Testnet (a1) called Snæfellsjökull. The testnet is open to all developers and users to freely join and test, with some rumours that early users will receive an airdrop.
How to Add Taiko to MetaMask
To get started using the network, users will first need to add the Taiko Testnet to their MetaMask wallet. You can do this directly through the Taiko Docs by selecting the 'Taiko A1 Add to wallet' button shown in the image below.
Alternatively, users can add the network directly to their MetaMask Wallet with the following RPC information:
- Network name: Taiko A1 (Taiko)
- Network URL: https://l2rpc.a1.taiko.xyz
- Chain ID: 167003
- Currency symbol: ETH
- Block explorer URL: https://l2explorer.a1.taiko.xyz/
How to Bridge to Taiko Network
Once you have connected your MetaMask Wallet to the Taiko Network, you may want to bridge assets over from Ethereum to test the blockchain. You can do this directly through the Taiko website again thanks to the easy-to-use Taiko Bridge.
To get started, simply connect your MetaMask Wallet, input the amount of ETH you want to bridge and finalise your transaction.
With the launch of Taiko and its Alpha-1 Testnet, more and more developers will be able to test out the platform’s features. With rumours of an airdrop for early adopters, it is definitely worth considering adding Taiko to your MetaMask Wallet today and testing out the highly anticipated ZK-EVM network.