Ethereum Will Shut Down Ropsten, Rinkeby, And Kiln Testnets After The Merge
The Ethereum development team has just announced plans to shut down three of its testnets, Ropsten, Kiln, and Rinkeby, after The Merge.
Bringing The Merge to the tetsnets is essential to ensure the upgrade works well before the mainnet launch in early August if everything goes according to schedule. However, the Ethereum development team recently announced to delay the “difficulty bomb” back to September, raising suspicions that The Merge will once again be rescheduled.
After successfully merging the Ethereum 1.0 blockchain with Ethereum 2.0, the developers will stop the Ropsten, Kiln, and Rinkeby testnets permanently.
On the other hand, Ethereum will remain only Goerli and Sepolia, which are currently conducting a test run of Merge.
In the list of removed testnets, Ropsten is the largest testnet of Ethereum, launched in 2016. On the evening of June 8, the Ethereum development team is pleased to announce that The Merge has responded well on Ropsten. However, it is expected that this testnet will be shut down in the fourth quarter of 2022 or after a successful merger.
Kiln, a testnet was born in early 2022 with the purpose of providing a test environment after the merge and will be closed as soon as The Merge takes place. On March 14, Ethereum stakeholders started running tests using Kiln. A development team representative has confirmed that Kiln is up and running and will soon be ready to merge with Beacon Chain – the mainnet of ETH 2.0.
The last name on the list is Rinkeby, a testnet that has been active since 2017. According to the announcement, the developers will indefinitely stop Rinkeby anytime between Q2 and Q3/2023.
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