How to setup MetaMask

MetaMask is just an Ethereum Browser and Ether wallet. It interacts with Ethereum Dapps and Smart Contracts without running a full Ethereum node. MetaMask add-on can be installed on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and the new Brave browser. It also allows you to store ERC20 tokens.

First, let’s setup MetaMask in the Chrome browser. Open up a new Chrome browser window and navigate to and then click on ‘ADD TO CHROME’ to install MetaMask plugin.

After installing, click on the MetaMask icon on the top right corner of the chrome browser. It will open up MetaMask UI, scroll all the way down and click Accept to agree MetaMask’s terms of use.

Then enter a password, confirm the password, and then click Create for a new Ethereum account. This account allows to send and receive Ether, ERC20 tokens and also allows you to deploy Smart Contracts.

MetaMask will now show you a 12 word recovery key (Seed) as below.

These 12 words are the only way to restore MetaMask accounts if you forget the password. It should be stored in a safe location, such as in a notebook or USB key kept in a safe. Then click on ‘I’VE COPIED IT SOMEWHERE SAFE’. The main screen of MetaMask will open as below.

That’s it you’ve just created a new Ethereum address using MetaMask! You’re address can be found by clicking on the three little black dots and clicking “Copy Address to clipboard”.