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Arbitrum Testnet

Table of contents

  1. Previous steps: Install the FireFly CLI
  2. Create an evmconnect.yml config file
  3. Creating a new stack
  4. Start the stack
  5. Get some Aribitrum
    1. Confirm the transaction on Bscscan
  6. Use the public testnet

Starting with FireFly v1.1, it’s easy to connect to public Ethereum chains. This guide will walk you through the steps to create a local FireFly development environment and connect it to the Arbitrum Nitro Goerli Rollup Testnet.

Previous steps: Install the FireFly CLI

If you haven’t set up the FireFly CLI already, please go back to the Getting Started guide and read the section on how to Install the FireFly CLI.

← ① Install the FireFly CLI

Create an evmconnect.yml config file

In order to connect to the Binance Smart Chain testnet, you will need to set a few configuration options for the evmconnect blockchain connector. Create a text file called evmconnect.yml with the following contents:

    required: 4 # choose the number of confirmations you require
    fixedGasPrice: null
        mode: connector

For more info about confirmations, see Public vs. Permissioned

For this tutorial, we will assume this file is saved at ~/Desktop/evmconnect.yml. If your path is different, you will need to adjust the path in the next command below.

Creating a new stack

To create a local FireFly development stack and connect it to the Arbitrum testnet, we will use command line flags to customize the following settings:

  • Create a new stack named arbitrum with 1 member
  • Disable multiparty mode. We are going to be using this FireFly node as a Web3 gateway, and we don’t need to communicate with a consortium here
  • Connect to an ethereum network
  • Use the evmconnect blockchain connector
  • Use an remote RPC node. This will create a signer locally, so that our signing key never leaves the development machine.
  • See the Arbitrum docs and select an HTTPS RPC endpoint.
  • Set the chain ID to 421613 (the correct ID for the Binance Smart Chain testnet)
  • Merge the custom config created above with the generated evmconnect config file

To do this, run the following command:

ff init arbitrum 1 \
    --multiparty=false \
    -b ethereum \
    -c evmconnect \
    -n remote-rpc \
    --remote-node-url <selected RPC endpoint> \
    --chain-id 421613 \
    --connector-config ~/Desktop/evmconnect.yml

Start the stack

Now you should be able to start your stack by running:

ff start arbitrum

After some time it should print out the following:

Web UI for member '0':
Sandbox UI for member '0':

To see logs for your stack run:

ff logs arbitrum

Get some Aribitrum

At this point you should have a working FireFly stack, talking to a public chain. However, you won’t be able to run any transactions just yet, because you don’t have any way to pay for gas.

First, you will need to know what signing address your FireFly node is using. To check that, you can run:

ff accounts list arbitrum
    "address": "0x225764d1be1f137be23ddfc426b819512b5d0f3e",
    "privateKey": "..."

Copy the address listed in the output from this command. Next, check out this article and follow the instructions to send a tweet to the developers. Make sure to change the address to the one in the CLI.

Arbitrum Faucet

Confirm the transaction on Bscscan

You should be able to go lookup your account on and see that you now have a balance of 0.001 ether. Simply paste in your account address to search for it.

Blockscout Scan

Use the public testnet

Now that you have everything set up, you can follow one of the other FireFly guides such as Using Tokens or Custom Smart Contracts. For detailed instructions on deploying a custom smart contract to Binance Smart Chain, please see the Arbitrum docs for instructions using various tools.