Iron Fish Testnet Phase 3

Elena Nadolinski

CEO & Founder @ Iron Fish

**On January 18th at approximately 1pm ET we are launching the third and final testnet phase for Iron Fish 🙌 ** 

Our goal for Phase 1 was to invite miners, grow the community, and test out the basic building blocks of Iron Fish. Our goal for Phase 2 was to stress test the system by encouraging transactions and node uptime. And our goal for Phase 3 will be to stress test the multi-asset feature — the first step in bringing responsible privacy to all crypto users.

Multi-asset allows users to create custom assets with the same privacy and compliance features as the native $IRON token. Our vision is for Iron Fish to be the privacy layer for all crypto assets, even ones on other chains via bridges. This multi-asset feature is a fundamental building block towards that future.

Quick recap of Phase 2 

Phase 2 ran from May 10th ‘22 to November 22 ‘22. At the time it was, to our knowledge, the largest testnet for an L1. The final stats for Phase 2 were:

  • ✉️ 39,432,178 fully shielded transactions, making Iron Fish the largest processor of ZKPs ever.
  • 🧱 292,054 blocks
  • 💁‍♀️ 31,207 participants with non-zero points on the leaderboard (including several professional mining pools)
  • 🌎 Over 11k concurrent nodes online at peak with more than 200k daily transactions on average

What is Phase 3 and how do I participate? 

Phase 3 introduces a new feature we’ve been working on for some time — multi-asset support.

Minting assets 

Users will now be able to mint their own custom assets. For this testnet we only support public mints, meaning that minting a new asset reveals who conducted the mint, how many of new coins were minted, the name of the asset, and additional optional metadata.

Once the asset is minted however, custom assets have the same level of privacy as the native $IRON token. Transactions are indistinguishable from one another regardless of which asset they’re transferring. Every single transaction on Iron Fish protects its users by encrypting sensitive financial information such as the sender, recipient, amount, and asset type.

Burning assets 

An owner of an asset (any asset) has the ability to burn that asset. For this testnet we only support public burns, meaning that it is public information what asset was burned, and how much.

Ready to try out Iron Fish and participate in Phase 3? 

For Phase 3, participants get capped weekly leaderboard points for minting, burning, and transferring custom assets. Ready to get started? If at any point you have questions, reach us on Discord:

  1. You’ll need to sign up for the testnet and register a graffiti. A graffiti is like a username that is used to keep track of activity on Iron Fish for leaderboard points.
  2. Install Iron Fish: As always, we strive to make it as frictionless as possible to get people onboarded. If you already have Node 18 installed, simply open up your terminal and type npm install -g ironfish. If you have Iron Fish installed from previous phases, you’ll need to upgrade. For further instructions, visit our installation page.
  3. Set up your Iron Fish node with your registered graffiti: we made a CLI command to make this easier. Run ironfish testnet to properly set up your node.
  4. Next, you’ll need to start and sync your node with ironfish start.
  5. Once synced, you’ll be able to mint a custom asset with the command ironfish wallet:mint. Please note that in order to earn leaderboard points for minting an asset, the asset name must match your graffiti.
  6. Similarly, to burn an asset you can use the command ironfish wallet:burn.
  7. To send any asset, use the ironfish wallet:send command.
  8. To check your balance for all assets, use ironfish wallet:balances. This command shows you your confirmed balance. To see your unconfirmed balance (to include transactions that might still be pending) you can use the --all flag, e.g. ironfish wallet:balances --all.

For full documentation for all these commands (including non-interactive versions), please visit our documentation and FAQ page.

How do I earn leaderboard points for Phase 3? 

Every week you’ll be able to earn points from minting, burning, and sending your custom asset. The owner of an asset can mint more of that asset. Make sure that the asset you’re minting has the same name as your graffiti to earn points. To learn more, head over to the testnet homepage.

For announcements, version upgrade details, or questions, join us on our Discord and Twitter.

Thank you for joining the Iron Fish community, and helping us build the future of crypto! 🙏❤️

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Elena Nadolinski

CEO & Founder @ Iron Fish

Elena is the Founder and CEO of Iron Fish — previously worked at Airbnb, Tilt, and Microsoft. Fell down the cryptocurrency rabbit hole in 2017. Really didn't want her insurance to know she eats pizza.

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