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How to get lumens

Now that you have a Stellar account, how do you fund it? Lets find out. Stellar accounts are created by funding it with Lumens. Lumens are the native currency of the Stellar network. You cant get Lumens via:

Friendbot

This is strictly for testing purposes. You can get some Lumens on the test network from the stellar friendbot. This will allow you carry out operations on the test network. Note that balances from the test network can not be transfered to the live public network. You can get lumens from the friendbot when you create and account here: https://www.stellar.org/laboratory/#account-creator?network=test

Purchase via Exchanges

Lumens can be purchased from some well known exhanges such as:

  • Poloniex
  • BTC38
  • Bitcoin Indonesia
  • Kraken
  • Ripple gateways

Lumens Giveaway Program

That’s right, you can get lumens for free from stellar.org. Although stellar just concluded its bitcoin-lumen program, you can still get lumens through the stellar build challenge that rewards innovation with free lumens. Cool right? First time submissions can get up to 250,000XLM. The 2nd round of the build challenge closes on January 15th 2017. Here are winners from the 1st round.

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