AIRDROP SOLANA TOKEN IN 5 STEPS
In this tutorial, you will learn how to airdrop SPL Tokens in Solana in just a few minutes, also, you will not need to have any programming knowledge, nor will you have to follow any complex step-by-step tutorial like other posts you can find.
We bring you everything simplified with the 2 Best Methods to airdrop a token in Solana, or as you should have heard, SPL Token.
Let’s talk a bit about theory first, but if you want to start airdropping your token now you can just pick the method you want to use:
WHAT IS AN AIRDROP?
Before making an airdrop, we must be clear about all the concepts related to it, both in how airdrops work, the reasons for doing it, the list of addresses where we are going to make this airdrop, etc.
Airdrops are typically used in a promotional way for a token launch. In these promotional airdrops, free tokens are given to users who made certain actions and under certain conditions. However, it is also common to make an equal distribution of tokens to the members of a community.
Whether or not this is the reason why we are going to do it, an airdrop in the world of cryptocurrencies is the distribution of a token to a list of addresses (wallets) decided by the executor of said airdrop. For this reason, it is often compared to the traditional marketing method of “promotional pamphlets distribution”.
In summary, an airdrop is the sending of a token to a list of wallets as a “multi-send”, which is usually done in bulk.
KEYS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE AIRDROPPING A TOKEN IN SOLANA
Now that we are clear about the Airdrop concept, it is time to remember some important keys that we cannot forget if we want to Airdrop an SPL Token correctly and without errors.
When we are going to airdrop our own token, the most normal thing is that we have these tokens in the authority wallet. This is dangerous if we make a mistake and lose control of said wallet by connecting our wallet to a scam site.
If you are going to do anything with your token, transfer your tokens from the authority wallet to a “burner wallet” where most of your assets cannot be in danger. You can also keep your assets in a cold wallet like this ledger.
LIST OF ADDRESSES
Another essential point when doing an airdrop is the list of wallets that will receive it. It is important that we have a correct and error-free list to avoid losing SOL due to empty transactions or to wrong wallet address.
If you want to airdrop the holders of an NFT collection, you can take a “snapshot” and extract the list of wallets following a few very simple steps.
METHODS TO AIRDROP SOLANA TOKEN
Normally executing certain actions on other blockchains like Ethereum or Polygon can be more complex than on Solana. But this does not mean that we can do anything without any programming knowledge, despite the standards that simplify it.
This is not to say that normally anyone can make a quick SPL Token Airdrop without having any idea of coding. At least until the launch of the first method we presented to you was launched.
METHOD 1: SPL TOKEN AIRDROPPER
SPL Token Airdropper is a tool or dApp soltoken.io, a team of developers dedicated to providing automatic and efficient solutions related with SPL tokens in Solana.
This tool allows all users to airdrop an SPL Token to a list of wallets of our choice. This is something innovative and very helpful as it allows us to save time and money while sending multiple tokens in just a few minutes.
Next we will see how to do it step by step, although it does not have any difficulty, but you will make sure to avoid any small error.
METHOD 2: SPL CLI (COMMAND-LINE INTERFACE)
SPL CLI is a Command Line Interface for the Solana network. This interface provides a way to interact with the Solana Blockchain from the command line instead of using a graphical user interface (GUI).
SPL CLI allows us to perform actions like creating accounts, transferring funds, deploying smart contracts, and many other important actions.
Among these actions is the option of making an airdrop or sending tokens to different wallets. With time and following the step-by-step tutorial below you can achieve it, although we recommend having a minimum of coding knowledge so that you can do the process correctly.
MAKE AIRDROP OF SOLANA TOKEN STEP BY STEP
With everything explained, it’s time to get down to work, we are going to start with the step-by-step of method 1 and continue with method 2. Use the one you prefer depending on your needs and knowledge.
SOFTWARE SOLANA MULTISENDER
As we have explained, this software is an automatic dApp that will do the airdrop for us, it simply takes care of making all the transactions by making a multi-send to the list of wallets that we indicate, making us save time and money.
- First of all, we access the website of tools.smithii.io.
- Once we are there, we will connect our wallet to start interacting with the tool. We always recommend using a “burner wallet” to connect in any place just with the funds you will need, in this case, we will need 0.015 SOL per wallet and the tokens we want to airdrop.
- After connecting the wallet, we can start filling the information of our airdrop: first, we will select the token that we will be going to airdrop and the quantity of tokens per wallet.
- We continue with the list of wallets that we are going to airdrop, we need to put a wallet per line.
- Once all this is ready, we need to click on “send” and accept the transaction.
This transaction will indicate a “sent” of the total tokens necessary for the airdrop and the Solana necessary for the fee of all transactions.
Once accepted, the sending process will begin with a very intuitive progress bar. The time it takes to carry out the airdrop will depend on the number of transactions to be made and the state of Solana’s TPS.
When the airdrop is finished the tool would tell us if there was any error (wrong or duplicated addresses), if there was any error you can simply claim the tokens and SOL not used in the airdrop.
You don’t need to worry about security, at least with this software. It is audited and being a dApp that creates the transactions for you and at no time has access to your private key, both your tokens and NFTs are safe.
AIRDROP TOKEN CLI CODING
To airdrop your Token in Solana with coding, we recommend you meet certain requirements:
- Basic knowledge of CLI
- Familiar with Git y Github
- Install Solana CLI and Nodejs
If you meet these requirements and want to continue, you have to go through the step by step, you have two options to do so:
- Through Solana CLI
To continue with the step-by-step, including all details in both methods, click here.