There are several ways to configure a
nodeos environment for development and testing. Which option to use largely depends on what the project goals are. Some practical options are provided below.
This is the go-to option for smart contract developers, aspiring Block Producers or Non-Producing Node operators. It has the most simple configuration with the least number of requirements.
While this option can technically be used for smart contract development, it may be overkill. This is most beneficial for those who are working on aspects of core development, such as benchmarking, optimization and experimentation. It's also a good option for hands-on learning and concept proofing.
The official testnet is available for testing EOSIO dApps and smart contracts:
The following third-party testnets are available for testing EOSIO dApps and smart contracts: