Rootstock Platform (RSK) is designed to address specific limitations of the Bitcoin blockchain such as long transaction confirmation time and network congestion.
In this guide, we walk you through the steps you need to add RSK mainnet to MetaMask.
What is RootStock (RSK) & MetaMask?
The RSK platform works like a side chain running in parallel to the Bitcoin blockchain. It's an open-source smart contract platform with a 2-way peg to Bitcoin. Its main goal is to add value and functionality to the Bitcoin ecosystem by enabling Smart Contracts, near-instant payments, and higher scalability.
The native token of the RootStock platform is the RSK smart bitcoin (RBTC), which has a 1: 1 ratio with the original currency of the Bitcoin network, bitcoin (BTC). It allows the Bitcoin network to assist RSK in its execution as it's based on a bidirectional communication that operates as a bridge to connect both chains. The platform rewards Bitcoin miners via merge-mining, allowing them to actively participate in Smart Contract revolution.
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 same when installing MetaMask in other browsers.
Check the number of downloads to make sure 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.
In order to log in, click on the MetaMask Chrome extension, enter your password, and click on “Unlock”.
Step 3: Set up RSK on MetaMask Wallet
Our final step is to set up the RootStock on your 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 RootStock to your MetaMask Wallet.
Now you should be able to provide all the required RSK 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.
RSK mainnet network info:
Network Name: Rootstock New RPC URL: https://public-node.rsk.co ChainID: 30 Symbol: RSK Block Explorer URL: https://explorer.rsk.co
After entering all the required details, simply select “Save”. You will be redirected to your wallet where you will see RSK added.