The testnet is an alternative Peercoin blockchain, to be used for testing. Testnet coins are separate and distinct from actual peercoins, and are never supposed to have any value. This allows application developers or testers to experiment, without having to use real peercoins or worrying about breaking the main Peercoin chain.
Put testnet=1 in the ppcoin.conf file to use the testnet.
The PoW difficulty on testnet is very low, so anyone can print test coins easily by putting gen=1 in the ppcoin.conf file.
- Testnet default RPC port is 9904 (instead of 9902). This allows it to be run simultaneously with the production chain.