I have chain built using substrate-node-template. Now what are the steps to connect my chain to Rococo test network?

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If you have build a chain using the substrate-node-template you have a solo chain, you have to integrate Cumulus to convert your Substrate FRAME runtime into a Parachain runtime.

There is a tutorial on the Substrate docs about it: Convert a solo chain, personally is not my favourite tutorial there, is worth reading to understand the theory but not very practical.

If you are in a early stage I suggest you to start with the Substrate Cumulus Parachain Template.

This project is originally a fork of the Substrate Node Template modified to include dependencies required for registering this node as a parathread or parachain to a relay chain.

Or you can use it as a reference to check what you need to add into your chain, another good resource is the Cumulus Overview.

The community shared more resources before in this StackExchange question: What is the best tutorial to convert a substrate-based standalone chain to a parachain?

Deploy on Rococo

Once you have your parachain, there is a tutorial in the Substrate Docs that demonstrates how you can deploy a parachain on the Rococo test network: Acquire a testnet slot.

To update some things, you can get ROC tokens using the new Polkadot Faucet instead of the element channel.

And when you have everything ready open a request here to get your slot on the Rococo chain.

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    Ben I don't have parachain yet, I have just chain built using substrate-node-template. How to convert into parachain?
    – Ganesh11
    Aug 2, 2023 at 7:19
  • Edited my answer! Sorry I missed that part
    – Alex Bean
    Aug 2, 2023 at 7:44
  • instead of using substrate-node-template as a step to develop chain in substrate we can directly start from substrate-parachain-template also in next time? then we don't have to follow all this steps to convert solo chain to parachain yes? @Alex
    – Ganesh11
    Aug 2, 2023 at 11:48
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    If the goal is to become a parachain defintely, yes
    – Alex Bean
    Aug 2, 2023 at 12:50

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