Ethereum devs to shutter Ropsten, Rinkeby and Kiln testnets after merge
Post-merge, the team plans to maintain only two existing testnets, Goerli and Sepolia, an official blog post stated.
Among the deprecated testnet list is Ropsten, the oldest testnet on Ethereum since that was launched in 2016. Notably, Ropsten went through a test merge earlier this month. Still, Ethereum core developers will wind it down in the fourth quarter of 2022, sometime after the merge.
Kiln, a testnet spun in early 2022 for the purpose of providing a post-merge testing environment, and be the first to shut down immediately the merge.
The final name on the list is Rinkeby, a testnet operating since 2017, that is set to close down next year.
According to the announcement, Rinkeby will not be an “accurate staging environment for mainnet” after the merge and therefore the core devs will halt it anywhere between the second and third quarter of 2023.
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