Background: a few months ago I tried to set up a Solana dev environment and go through their hello world example and I couldn't get anything to work. Today I'm going to try once again to just get something to work. Hopefully this time goes better!
First things first, I need to install Solana:
➜ sh -c "$(curl -sSfL https://release.solana.com/v1.7.11/install)" ➜ solana --version solana-cli 1.7.11
I already have rust installed, which will also be a prerequisite before we can do anything (install instructions can be found here).
➜ rustc --version rustc 1.55.0
Getting Set Up With Solana Devnet
I stumbled onto this great article which, among other useful things, walks through the steps to set up your local environment on the solana devnet and create a devnet wallet.
So following that, I'm going to make Solana devnet my default url:
solana config set --url https://api.devnet.solana.com
And then I'm going to copy the steps from that article to generate a devnet wallet for testing purposes:
➜ solana-keygen new --outfile ~/.config/solana/devnet.json
I'm also going to make devnet my default keypair:
solana config set --keypair ~/.config/solana/devnet.json
Adding Funds to your Devnet Wallet
Now we can try adding funds to the devnet wallet, again just following the steps outlined in that article:
➜ solana balance 0 SOL ➜ solana airdrop 10 Requesting airdrop of 10 SOL Signature: 3wmPsXM4Ms3nsRFGGDzZQeNHuhmr6gC3tSN7rGVvBuiUCFscB1qR4MsVfLZVXnXH5bopntQ63BbQKFGdoeW8Et5V 10 SOL ➜ solana balance 10 SOL
I'm currently still in the "I literally have no clue what I'm doing" phase of Solana/blockchain development, which makes this exciting!