The Cardano testnet previews the latest version of the Cardano blockchain, offering the same functionality, integration capabilities and properties as the Cardano production environment. It runs code that is at least one release iteration ahead of the production code base. Cardano users – such as exchanges, developers and the wider community – can test new features in this production-like environment off the main blockchain. The testnet is hosted on a virtual machine and uses test tokens so users do not have to consume real Ada when testing features.
We encourage you to use the Cardano testnet and look forward to hearing your feedback on the new features of Cardano before they are officially released.