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The only way I know of to get testnet coins is through faucets such as the following.

I found these faucets with a search. They seem to be actively maintained but only give 0.01 tBTC at most. Sometimes they are down or not working for me.

I would like to get at least 1 tBTC to test an application which is expecting more around 0.8 tBTC. How can I get more tBTC? I would be OK with paying for some tBTC. 1 tBTC would take a long time to collect using faucets, and I feel I am abusing their service.

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There are no exchanges or services which sell testnet which I know of.

Instead of purchasing directly, mining hardware can be borrowed or rented to directly mine testnet coins. CPU mining is no longer a real possibility for generating over 1 tBTC.

The steps for mining testnet coins would be the following.

  1. Setup Bitcoin testnet full node
  2. Setup pool interface for mining testnet with a SHA256 miner (such as CoiniumServ or P2Pool)
  3. Rent or borrow a SHA256 mining device to generate the coins
  4. Get a testnet address for collecting mining rewards

Ironically, this will probably cost you time, effort and MONEY, but you should be able to get as much tBTC as is needed. Hopefully, there will be an open market for testnet BTC someday.

I also created step-by-step details on how I mined testnet coins which might be helpful.

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    re: "Hopefully, there will be an open market for testnet BTC someday.": testnet coins are an interesting thing: they are useful because they are worthless. If they were worth something, they would be useless. I don't think there will ever be a market for them in the way you are suggesting.
    – chytrik
    Sep 7 '20 at 9:09
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    In fact, there have been times in the past where they got scarce, and traded for some (very) small amount of BTC. The test network was reset then, because this made them much less useful for testing. Jan 20 at 7:49

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