Exploring the Celo Networks

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Navigating the Celo ecosystem is an essential step in leveraging its potential for promoting financial inclusion and sustainable growth. In this guide, we will introduce you to different Celo networks and show you how to interact with them using block explorers and faucets.

Understanding the Celo Networks

Celo has multiple networks, each with its unique purpose and features, catering to developers, node operators, and users. Let’s take a closer look at these networks and their respective functionalities:

Mainnet Network: The Heart of the Celo Ecosystem

The Mainnet Network was deployed by the Celo community on April 22, 2020 in celebration of earth day. To explore the Mainnet Network and othher Celo networks, use the Block Explorer or Celoscan.

Alfajores: A Developer’s Playground

Alfajores, the developer testnet, is an ideal starting point for developers considering building on the Celo platform or those wanting to try out the Celo Wallet. Managed by cLabs, the network allows you to obtain a balance instantly for experimentation. Developer tutorials assume you are using Alfajores, and its software and deployed contracts will track the mainnet. You can fund your wallet with testnet tokens using the Alfajores testnet faucet.

Baklava: A Node Operator’s Testing Ground

Baklava, the node operator testnet, is designed for those interested in operating nodes within Celo’s infrastructure. The community operates its validators and full nodes, providing a venue for testing new Celo Blockchain software, trialing on-chain governance proposals, and establishing operational best practices for node operators.

Cannoli: The Ultragreen Testnet

In celebration of Earth Day 2023, the Celo community has proposed a new Ultragreen CIP to make Celo deflationary and reinforce its sustainability commitment. With each transaction, CIP-52 proposes that 80% of the base fee is burned, and 20% is sent to a Carbon Offset address for purchasing high-quality carbon offsets. The Cannoli Testnet is intended to support this Ultragreen mechanism before proposing it for a future hardfork.

Conclusion: Engaging with the Celo Networks

Familiarizing yourself with the various Celo networks is a crucial step in unlocking the potential of the Celo ecosystem. By understanding each network’s unique characteristics and functionalities, you can make informed decisions, enhance your skills