What is Metamask?

You can install the Google Chrome extension metamask in just a few steps. By means of text and images we help you step by step to install Metamask!

What is Metamask?

MetaMask is an Ethereum web browser extension that you can use as an Ethereum wallet. You can create an Ethereum address or import a Private Key from, for example, MyEtherWallet on Metamask. It is much safer than logging into MyEtherWallet via your JSON file or Private Key, because you limit the risk of phishing.

For the experts; MetaMask is an extension for accessing Ethereum-enabled distributed applications or “Dapps” in the regular Chrome browser. The extension injects the Ethereum web3 API into the JavaScript context of any website so that dapps can read from the blockchain. MetaMask allows the user to create and manage their own identities, so when a Dapp wants to execute a transaction and write it to the blockchain, the user is given a secure interface to review the transaction before approving or rejecting it.

Because it adds functionality to the normal browser context, MetaMask needs the permission to read and write to any web page. One can always view “the source” of MetaMask as one uses a Chrome extension. The source code can also be viewed on Github.

“MetaMask is an Ethereum web browser extension that you can use as an Ethereum wallet.”

Create MetaMask

Via the steps below you can add MetaMask to your browser.

Step 1: Open the website

Go to the official website in your browser

Create metamask

Step 2. Add to Chrome extension list.

In the middle, press “Get Chrome extension” or “Get Brave Browser.”

This depends on the browser you want to use at that moment. Most people in the Netherlands use Chrome. You will now be taken to a page where you can add the extension. To the right of the screen is in blue Toev. to Chrome.

You will then be asked for confirmation. Click on “Add extension”.
A MetaMask extension is then placed in your Google Chrome browser. You can also remove this again if desired. You simply have to click on the blue “remove from Chrome” button.
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Step 3.Continue and set password

You will now be redirected to another page to set up MetaMask. Scroll down and accept the terms.

Step 4. Create password.

Then you have to create a new password and confirm it. Remember this password well. Tip is to write this down or print it out (or save it on an external hard drive, so not on your computer).

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A Secret Backup Phrase will appear. This is a rule of 12 words, with which you can restore your wallet if necessary.
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You have now created a browser extension and via the buttons “Buy” and “Send” you can buy or send Ether to your wallet.

Import account (Private Key/JSON file)

You can also import Ethereum accounts such as a MyEtherWallet wallet. You do this by clicking on the round figure at the top right of the screen and then clicking on Import Account.
Then choose your type. You can choose between Private Key and JSON file.
Choose the Private Key or JSON file obtained from MyEtherWallet and click Import. The account is now imported and ready to use.

You can also watch the Introduction video (in English) on Youtube.