The Karura project built on the Kusama network intends to create a scalable network compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), optimized for application deployment and DeFi.
In this guide, we walk you through the steps needed to add Karura network to your MetaMask wallet.
What is Karura & MetaMask?
Karura operates as a parachain connected to Kusama network and it's designed to be the financial hub of the Kusama ecosystem. Karura features two core products: a liquid staking protocol that allows KSM stakers to mint a derivative of their staked KSM and a lending protocol that enables the creation of a stablecoin, called kUSD. The chain's native token, KAR, allows token holders to govern the network and its core applications and to make gas fee payments.
MetaMask on the other hand is one of the most widely-used Wallets. You can send, receive, and manage tokens and cryptocurrencies from Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Karura network and other blockchains. With MetaMask, you can store NFTs, crypto art, and other crypto collectibles. Its browser extension is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Brave.
Step 1: Install MetaMask Extension on Chrome
This step is only for those who don't have MetaMask installed in their browser. For the purpose of this guide, we are using Chrome browser as an example but the principle steps are same when installing MetaMask in other browsers.
Check the number of downloads to make ensure the legitimate MetaMask is being installed as there are many fake MetaMask wallets.
Click the Add to Chrome button & you should have your wallet installed.
Once you’ve installed, MetaMask will appear as an extension and can easily be accessed through “Settings” on Google Chrome where you can pin the wallet extension for ease of access.
Step 2: Login to your MetaMask Wallet
If you are new to MetaMask, create a wallet after installing MetaMask which will require you to choose a password and store a recovery phrase (Make sure to store your recovery phrase in a safe place).
If you already have a wallet created then log in using your MetaMask password.
In order to log in, click on the MetaMask Chrome extension, enter your password, and click on “Unlock”.
Step 3: Set up Karura network on MetaMask Wallet
Our final step is to set up the Karura network on your MetaMask wallet after you're logged in. Open the MetaMask wallet on a new browser tab by simply clicking on the MetaMask logo on the top right extension area.
Click the three dots in the top-right and select the “Expand view”.
By clicking on “Expand view” you will be able to interact with your MetaMask wallet interface on a larger screen.
In order to add a new chain network or switch between different blockchain networks, you'll need to click on the network tab which by default will show "Ethereum Mainnet" on the top right-hand corner.
Click on Add Network in order to add Karura network to your MetaMask Wallet.
Now you should be able to provide all the required Karura network details.
This includes the network name, new RPC URL, chain ID, currency symbol, and block explorer URL. Simply copy and paste the required chain info from below.
Karura mainnet info:
Network Name: Karura Network New Rpc URL: https://eth-rpc-karura.aca-api.network ChainID: 686 Symbol: KAR Block Explorer: https://karura.subscan.io/
Karura testnet info:
Network Name: Karura acala testnet New Rpc URL: https://acala-mandala-adapter.api.onfinality.io/public ChainID: 596 Symbol: KAR Block Explorer: https://acala-testnet.subscan.io/
After entering all the required details, simply select “Save”. You will be redirected to your wallet where you will see the Karura network added.