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I'm building an application on bitcoin and want to use testnet instead of using real bitcoins to do my test. I'm mainly using Electrum-3.1.3 to do sweeping of addresses. But how can I switch this to be on the testnet chain instead?

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General answer is running: $ electrum --testnet

If you are using Mac OSX then open terminal an jump to: /Aplications/Electrum/Contents/OSX there you need to run: & ./Electrum --testnet

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Run Electrum with the --testnet startup option.

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    testnet is not working for linux environment – xds2000 Sep 25 '18 at 8:44
  • and for linux? that doesnt exist – Tim Kretschmer Feb 6 '19 at 7:19
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If you install Electrum on Windows, you will have two programs you can start. One of them is called "Electrum Testnet".

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