Using CENNZnet.io

Using CENNZnet.io

cennznet.io is a web portal and wallet where you can interact with CENNZnet’s blockchain network. On this site, you can find useful tools for crypto investors, such as managing accounts and transferring funds. It also serves as an important development tool for CENNZnet DApp developers. cennznet.io is the fastest way to read data stored on the chain, submit transactions to modify the data and to inspect the recent blocks and events on the chain (historical blocks can be explored via https://www.uncoverexplorer.com/).

This article will guide you through the main tools and options for navigating the CENNZnet.io. We will look at:

If you are interested in the Advanced tools in CENNZnet.io check out the Advanced guide to cennzet.io here.

 

The getting started page

The Getting started page contains quick links to the frequently visited pages and tabs on cennznet.io.

 

 

Selecting a network on cennznet.io

cennznet.io can connect to 3 different networks:

To choose the network you’d like to connect to, click on the CENNZnet icon in the top left-hand corner.

 

This will bring up the Select Network window. Select the network you want to use from the drop-down list.

Alternatively, go to the Advanced->Settings->General to select the network under the setting “remote node/endpoint to connect to”.

 

Accounts page

Having an account on CENNZnet allows you to hold and transfer currencies (currently CENNZ and CPAY). You can create as many accounts as you like at no cost. Having multiple accounts may help you to manage your specific assets and transactions.

The Accounts area has 2 tabs:

 

My accounts

This tab displays the accounts you own. On this page you can create a new account or import an existing account using a key store file and password.

 

You can copy the public address of an account by clicking on the icon next to the account name. The public address is used to identify accounts when transferring money.

Creating an account

 

If you have no existing accounts on CENNZnet.io, you will be prompted to create one on entering the site. If you miss this prompt, or want to create an additional account you can do this by clicking on the Accounts page and then select the Create account option.

When creating your account, it’s essential that you save your mnemonic seed before clicking on Save. The mnemonic seed is the only way to recover your account, in the event that you lose your password or the key store file. You will only see your mnemonic seed once when you create your account, so make sure to make a note of it.

It’s recommended to leave the Advanced creation options as default.

When you press Save, a key store json file, is downloaded to your computer. You will need the key store file and your password to access your account.

Please make sure you backup your mnemonic seed, password, and the key store json file. These are the keys to your money on the chain.

 

For a visual walkthrough of the account creation process watch our YouTube tutorial: How to create a CENNZnet wallet

Importing an account

The key store file and password allows you to import an account. You may need to do this when visiting cennznet.io on a different computer.

The key store file is the json file which gets downloaded when you created your account, along with your password.

For a visual walkthrough of the account importing process watch our YouTube tutorial: Restoring your CENNZnet wallet

Recovering an account

If you’ve lost your key store file or your password, you can recover your account using the mnemonic seed, which serves as a private key.

To recover an account, simply create a new account, but use your previous mnemonic seed pasted into the mnemonic seed box. This will give you a new account (new key store file and password), but allow you to access the assets in the lost account.

Note ⚠️ : If you made your account before the mainnet launch and you want to restore the account using the mnemonic seed, you will need both the seed and the original password.

 

Address book

The address book tab allows you to quickly transfer money to other accounts. To add a contact, you will need the public address of the account.

 

 

The Explorer

The Explorer page allows you to see the latest updates on the chain. There are 3 tabs on the Explorer page:

This section will give an overview of how to navigate each.

 

Chain info

The Chain info tab is located at the top left of the screen. Clicking this shows you the most recent blocks and events on the blockchain.

 

There are three main areas of information on this page as you can see from the screenshot above: general chain information, recent blocks and recent events.

General chain information

At the top of the screen, you can see an overview of what’s currently happening on the chain. You can see:

Recent blocks

On the left-hand side, you can see a list of the most recent blocks, with the newest at the top. Blocks on a blockchain are storage mechanisms. Practically they can each be seen as a section of the decentralised ledger which stores data, records transactions on the network and links to previous blocks. A new block is created on CENNZnet every 5–6 seconds. Every transaction that occurred on the network during that time frame is recorded in the new block.

For each block in this list you can see:

Recent events

On the right-hand side, you can see a list of the recent events on the network. Events are data structures for CENNZnet’s runtime modules to notify external entities about changes, for example, transferring of assets.

 

Block details: Inspecting a particular block

To inspect the contents of a specific block, click on it’s block height (this is the larger blue number which identifies the block). This will take you to the block details tab shown in the screenshot below.

 

Once you are on the block details tab you can see a few sections of information.

 

Node info

The node info tab displays local details about the node that cennznet.io is currently connected to, such as the transactions that the node has in its memory pool and the peers it’s connected to. Having this information can be useful when developing a DApp or running your own node.