Moonriver is a parachain built on the Kusama network for cryptocurrency projects to expand their reach with a multi-chain design. It is intended to be an associate network to Moonbeam, where it provides a permanently incentivized canary network.
In this guide, we walk you through the steps needed to add Moonriver to MetaMask.
What is Moonriver & MetaMask?
Moonriver is an Ethereum-compatible, smart-contract parachain built on the Kusama blockchain. It's an associate network to Moonbeam, where it provides a permanently incentivized canary network. New codes are first tested with Moonriver under economic conditions before Moonbeam on Polkadot.
MOVR Token is the utility token of the Moonriver Network which it uses to carry out all its functions. MOVR token supports the gas metering of smart contract execution, pays for transaction fees on the network, and it facilitates on-chain governance mechanisms including proposing referenda, electing council members, voting, etc.
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 your 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 correct 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 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: Add MOVR on MetaMask Wallet
Our final step is to add the moonriver on 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 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 MOVR to MetaMask Wallet.
Now you should be able to provide all the required Moonriver 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.
Moonriver mainnet info:
Network Name: Moonriver Network URL:https://rpc.api.moonriver.moonbeam.network Chain ID: 1285 Currency Symbol: MOVR Block Explorer URL: https://moonriver.moonscan.io
Moonriver testnet info:
Network Name: Moonriver Network URL:https://rpc.testnet.moonbeam.network Chain ID: 1287 Currency Symbol: MOVR Block Explorer URL: https://moonbase.subscan.io/
After entering all the required details, simply select “Save”. You will be redirected to your wallet where you will see MOVR added.
Hope you found our Moonriver Metamask guide helpful :)