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Get that sweet Sepolia ETH

Sepolia is now on PoS

As of 2022/7/6, Sepolia has switched to PoS. The window to do some mining has closed.

Testnets after merge (original, old content from here)

It's mid 2022, Ethereum is still PoW and motoring towards merge / PoS. Surviving testnets will be Sepolia - currently PoW - and Goerli. Ropsten will be merged and then deprecated, Rinkeby and Kovan won't be merged.

I want to "get ready" for some Sepolia testing pre- and post-merge. Sepolia will not have a public validator set; testing post-merge will be limited to running applications on it. As Sepolia is PoW, I can actually go mine myself some SepplETH. Here's how.

Components

  • Geth on Sepolia, Linux. This could absolutely be Windows, I just happen to have Linux tooling I like
  • ethminer or t-rex, Windows, with an NVidia or AMD GPU. Mostly because the only GPU I have that can mine is in my Windows box

Set up Geth

I'm using eth-docker for this.

Get prereqs: sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y docker-compose

Make your user part of the docker group so you don't need sudo for docker commands: sudo usermod -aG docker MYUSERNAME && newgrp docker

Clone eth-docker: git clone https://github.com/eth-educators/eth-docker.git sepolia && cd sepolia

Configure eth-docker for this: cp default.env .env, then nano .env and set

  • COMPOSE_FILE=geth.yml:el-shared.yml
  • EL_NETWORK=sepolia

Save and close.

Get the ETH address you want the Sepolia mining rewards to be sent to. Anything created in Metamask will do.

A few changes for Geth so it can mine. nano geth.yml and change the entrypoint. Enable the miner API, and append to it:

    entrypoint:
      - geth
      .... existing entries, leave those be
      - --http.api
      - web3,eth,net,miner
      .... existing entries, leave those be
      - --pprof.addr
      - 0.0.0.0
      - --mine
      - --miner.etherbase
      - "0xMYETHADDRESS"

You need the quotes around the address, and 0xMYETHADDRESS is going to be your actual address.

Start it: ./ethd up, and look at the logs with ./ethd logs -f execution. It should sync the chain in minutes and then be ready for mining.

Firewalling

If your Linux boxen is on the Internet, not in your home network, and only then, you'll want to firewall the RPC port 8545 and WS port 8546, which are both exposed now. Follow instructions to place ufw "in front of" docker, get the public IP your Windows box uses with something like whatismyip and create a simple policy along these lines:

sudo ufw allow OpenSSH
sudo ufw allow proto tcp from MYPUBLICIP to any port 8545
sudo ufw deny 8545
sudo ufw deny 8546

And finally sudo ufw enable. Adjust the policy to your own needs if you already had ufw running.

Connect Metamask to Sepolia

In Metamask, go to Settings, Network, Add Network and create a new custom network.

Call it Sepolia Test Network, set the New RPC URL to your Sepolia Geth as http://IP-OF-GETH-BOX:8545, Chain ID 11155111, currency symbol SepplETH and Explorer to https://sepolia.etherscan.io.

Windows mining

Your AntiVirus and browser will likely quarantine these as cryptominers, because they are. You'll need to allow-list them.

Grab ethminer. It's open source, but doesn't work with newer-generation cards. A PR that enables CUDA11 and thus RTX 3000 series does exist, but there are no ready-made executables for it.

Extract that somewhere, get into a PowerShell or create a bat file, then start it like so: For NVidia, .\ethminer.exe -U -P getwork://IP-OF-GETH-BOX:8545 or for AMD, .\ethminer.exe -G -P getwork://IP-OF-GETH-BOX:8545.

You can get help with .\ethminer.exe --help.

An alternative is t-rex, which is closed-source. It takes a 1% dev cut, and supports newer-generation cards. Download it, then run it in PowerShell or via bat as .\t-rex.exe -a ethash -o http://IP-OF-GETH-BOX:8545.

You can get help with .\t-rex.exe --help.

In my testing both ethminer and t-rex get almost the same hashrate from GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with T-Rex ahead by maybe 5%. T-Rex does have a nice UI.

Done

In your Geth logs, you should see 🔨 mined potential block and 🔗 block reached canonical chain as well as the occasional ⑂ block became an uncle, and in ethminer you should see Job: and **Accepted messages.

Enjoy the feeling of early Ethereum mining. Difficulty on Sepolia is low, you should see rewards come in steadily.

@TobiWo
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TobiWo commented Mar 11, 2024

Ok, I can send you these as well 🙂 . Please drop me a message with your address where you want to get the ETH to on Discord.

@IkemNwodo
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Okay. Thank you so much, @TobiWo

@GoranBosevski
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Ok, I can send you these as well 🙂 . Please drop me a message with your address where you want to get the ETH to on Discord (handle tobiwo).

Hi can i get a 150? Thank you

@ghost-lolade
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Hi guys, I tried this set up and it required over 100gb of docker space... I would appreciate if anyone can spare sepolia eth. I need quite a lot but I'd appreciate whatever I can get

@Jiangzy520
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好的,我也可以给你发这些 🙂 。 请在 Discord 上给我留言并附上您想要获取 ETH 的地址(处理 tobiwo)。

0x4877465DA5357B1D95704EBC1787b7F2a442A042 Sepolia Hope you can help me. Thank you.

@OrePrima
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Hi guys, I tried this set up and it required over 100gb of docker space... I would appreciate if anyone can spare sepolia eth. I need quite a lot but I'd appreciate whatever I can get

As per the message above it is not working anymore since Ethereum is now a Pos protocol.

@gamedust-ph
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anyalternative and steps we can work with POS

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