Moonbeam is an EVM implementation with a specialized Layer one chain. The platform expounds on Ethereum's features like on-chain governance, staking, and cross-chain integrations.
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how you can add Moonbeam network to MetaMask wallet.
What is Moonbeam & MetaMask?
Moonbeam is a parachain that enhances cross-chain interoperability between the Ethereum and Polkadot blockchains. This smart contract platform enables developers to move dApps between the two networks without having to redeploy infrastructure.
Glimmer (GLMR) is the Moonbeam network’s native token. GLMR is a utility token and is used to fuel transactions, provide security, and facilitate staking-based governance decisions. Moonbeam depends on its native token for all of its operations.
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, 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 similar when installing MetaMask in other browsers.
Check the number of downloads to ensure the legitimate MetaMask is being installed, as there are plenty of 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 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 MetaMask Chrome extension, enter your password, and click on “Unlock”.
Step 3: Add GLMR network on MetaMask Wallet
Our final step is to set up the GLMR network on MetaMask wallet after you have 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 will 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 GLMR network to MetaMask Wallet.
Now you should be able to provide all the required GLMR 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;
Moonbeam mainnet info:
Network Name: Moonbeam RPC URL: https://rpc.api.moonbeam.network Chain ID: 1284 (hex: 0x504) Symbol (optional): GLMR Block Explorer (optional): https://moonscan.io/
Moonbeam testnet info:
Network Name: Moonbeam alpha testnet New RPC URL: wss://frag-moonbase-relay-rpc-ws.g.moonbase.moonbeam.network Chain ID: 1287 (hex: 0x507) Currency Symbol: GLMR Block Explorer URL: https://moonbeam-explorer.netlify.app/
After entering all the required details, simply select “Save”. You will be redirected to your wallet where you will see the GLMR network added.