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Using Karura on the Mandela Testnet


What is Karura?

Karura won the first parachain auction for Kusama on 6/22 and is an unaudited and experimental relase of Acala. The Acala DeFi platform offers a number of financial applications including: a trustless staking derivative (liquid KSM), a multi-collateralized stablecoin backed by cross-chain assets (kUSD) and a DEX - all with much lower gas fees that can be paid in any token.

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The Acala network will go through three evolutions:

  1. Mandala Test Network (Current Status) - risk-free playground for developers and users to test functionalities of Acala.
  2. Karura Network - Will be connected to the Kusama network as a parachain and is considered experimental.
  3. Acala Mainnet - Will be connected to the Polkadot mainnet when launched.

Create a Polkadot.js account:

  1. Using Polkadot{JS} Extension
  2. Install the extension via Chrome Store
  3. Create a new account by clicking (I want to create a new account with a new seed)
  4. Enter a name for the wallet and type a password
  5. Click (Add the account with the generated seed)
  6. Click Export of the newly created account and keep it in a safe place
  7. To copy the address, just click on the icon of the account

How do I get tokens?

Use the faucet from the Discord Bot for tokens. The faucet will allow withdrawals twice a day.

  • Click the link to open the discord invite. Acala Discord Bot
  • Navigate to the acala-testnet-faucet channel
  • Type !drip [address] Enter the address from your polkadot.js wallet.
Discord Bot

Tokens available on Mandela

Currency IDSymbolDescription
0ACAAcala network token for fees, rewards etc
1aUSDAcala USD Stablecoin
2DOTPolkadot network token DOT

What Now?

Now that you have your tokens open the Acala application.