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Add Optimism to MetaMask

Summary: This guide shows Aussie investors the easiest way to add the Optimism network to a MetaMask wallet. In this method we show users how to add it on both the MetaMask web extension and the MetaMask mobile applicatiom.

By 
Jennifer Leong
 on  
August 13, 2022

You can add any EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) compatible blockchain network to a MetaMask wallet including Optimism. This is because Optimism was designed to be interoperable with Ethereum-based applications like the popular crypto wallet, MetaMask.

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What is Optimism (OP)?

Founded in 2017, Optimism is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading investors including a16z crypto, Polychain Capital, Paradigm, and Dragonfly Capital. The Optimism network is a next-generation blockchain protocol that enables high-throughput, low-cost, and scalable transactions.

Powered by the Optimism Virtual Machine (OVM), the Optimism blockchain network is designed to be interoperable with existing Ethereum applications and supports smart contracts, decentralised applications (DApps), and tokenisation. The Optimism team is committed to building an open, accessible, and fair financial system for everyone and is a lower-cost chain to Ethereum.

Optimism Home Page.
Optimism Home Page.


How to add Optimism network to MetaMask

The only way you can add the Optimism network to MetaMask is by acquiring the networks RPC details. In this method we show users how to add the application on both web and mobile. Follow the below steps to get started.

How to add Optimism to MetaMask mobile application

  1. Open your MetaMask mobile application.
  2. Select 'Wallet' at the top of your screen, then select 'Add a network'.
  3. Go to the 'Custom Networks' tab, enter the RPC details and press 'Add'.

How to add Optimism to MetaMask browser extension

  1. Open your MetaMask browser extension.
  2. Click 'Networks' and 'Add Networks'.
  3. You'll be redirected to the below online form, fill in the Optimism RPC details (provided below) and tap 'Add Network'.

How to add Optimism (OP) to MetaMask.
How to add Optimism (OP) to MetaMask.

Optimism RPC Details for MetaMask

Below you can find the RPC details for the optimism network. These details can be verified by visiting the Optimism Help Centre.

Is the Optimism blockchain safe to use?

The OVM uses cryptographic techniques to ensure that all data on the network is securely stored and encrypted. In addition, the Optimism team has implemented a number of security measures to protect users' data and privacy, including a user-friendly security center and a multi-factor authentication system.

In saying that, the Optimism network has been under scrutiny in the crypto world following its disastrous hacking incident where the network was drained of $20M USD worth of tokens.

Add Optimism to MetaMask

Author Bio

Jennifer just finished her Masters in Finance and is leading our team on the traditional banking & fintech research and content.

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