Kovan is a Proof of Authority (PoA) publicly accessible blockchain for Ethereum; created and maintained by a consortium of Ethereum developers, to aide the Ethereum developer community.
The good people at Etherscan have kindly extended their excellenet block explorer service for use with Kovan.
View comprehensive realtime statistics about the state of the Kovan testnet on the authorities netstats page.
If you're having any issues or have questions about Kovan, join us on Gitter and we'll do our best to help you out.
Kovan is evolving and there are exciting bleeding edge features on the Horizon. Learn more and contribute on Github.
There are a few options for connecting to Kovan. Here are the two most popular:
Parity is a popular Ethereum client that is easily configurable to connect to Kovan. You can connect to Kovan by starting Parity with the following flags:
parity --chain kovan
You can also use Infura to connect to Kovan by specifying the following RPC URL:
"Faucets" allow you to acquire Kovan Ether without the need for mining.
ParityTech has provided an automated SMS-verification Faucet service that allows you get a daily allowance of KETH.Sign up for Icarus
You can also request KETH in the 'faucet' Gitter channel. Prominent contributers can receive larger amounts of KETH.Gitter Faucet
More Faucet services will become available over time. Watch this space!
Once you have a Connection and some KETH, you're ready to go!
The Ethereum development ecosystem is ever-growing and you can use many of the same tools that you're already familiar with.
Truffle is the most popular development framework for Ethereum. You can connect to Kovan in one of the following ways:
For more on the Kovan roadmap, check out the KIP milestones on github:Kovan Github
Soon, anyone will be able to apply to become a validator on Kovan!Follow @kovan_testnet for updates