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Cronos General FAQ

What is the difference between Cronos Chain and Crypto.org Chain?

  • Cronos is an EVM-compatible (Ethereum Virtual Machine) chain powered by Ethermint, built on the Cosmos SDK, which allows rapid porting of apps and smart contracts from Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains. On Cronos, users pay transaction fees in the $CRO cryptocurrency.
  • Crypto.org Chain is another Cosmos SDK chain which is primarily used for $CRO staking and as the backbone behind many Crypto.com applications. It aims to provide a fast transaction experience. (Croeseid Testnet is the testnet of Crypto.org Chain). On Crypto.org, users also pay transaction fees in the $CRO cryptocurrency.
If you are an application developer who is creating smart contracts in Solidity and would like to deploy decentralized applications in a permissionless environment, Cronos is suitable for your needs.

Who is currently running as a validator on Cronos?

Cronos uses Proof of Authority (POA) consensus, a streamlined and scalable consensus mechanism derived from the Tendermint POS consensus.
There are currently 27 validators supporting the Cronos network, all leading infrastructure providers (see the list here).

How can I become a Cronos validator?

Cronos validators are by invitation only at the moment. Application for new Cronos validators are not currently open. We will make an announcement once applications re-open.

What is the chain-ID for Cronos Mainnet?

  • Ethereum Chain ID: 25
  • Cosmos Chain ID: cronosmainnet_25-1

What are the rate limits of the free JSON-RPC EVM endpoint for Cronos?

  • Cronos Mainnet: rate limit is 300 req/min/IP
  • Cronos Testnet: rate limit of 500 req/min/IP
If the limit is exceeded, the IP gets blocked for 1 minute. If you are expecting to consistently make more requests than what limits allow, you may consider setting up your own full node or contacting a commercial JSON-RPC endpoint provider (see Dev Tools & Integrations). You can also reach out to us on Discord for assistance.

If I increase the gas price, does it help to speed up my transaction?

The current mempool setting works on a first-come-first-serve manner. The Cronos network does not yet support transaction prioritization using gas price or priority fee.
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