Getting started with Cargo

You can interact with Cargo by using a browser that is connected to the Ethereum blockchain. On mobile we recommend Coinbase Wallet and on desktop we recommend using the browser plugin MetaMask.

Installing Coinbase Wallet

You can install Coinbase Wallet on your mobile device from the Play Store on Android or App Store on iOS. Their website is https://wallet.coinbase.com/. After installing visit Cargo in the browser within the app.

Installing MetaMask

On desktop you can install MetaMask. MetaMask is a third party Ethereum wallet that connects your browser to the Ethereum blockchain. It stores your public and private keys locally.

Follow this video tutorial, or read the steps below.

Step 1. Install MetaMask from https://metamask.io/

MetaMask has a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. We recommend using the the browser extension, unless you are already using Brave Browser. After determining which plugin is right for you click the appropriate download link and add the extension to your browser.

Step 2. Create a Wallet

After MetaMask has been installed it's time to set up your wallet. MetaMask will automatically direct you to the "Get Started" screen. You will have the option to import a wallet from a seed phrase, or create a new wallet. If you don't have a seed phrase - then click "Create a Wallet".

You will be asked to opt in or out to their analytics and you will be asked to create a password.

After setting your password you will be shown your seed phrase. Click to reveal your seed phrase. WRITE THIS SEED PHRASE DOWN AND PUT IT IN A SAFE, OR COPY IT TO A SECURE PASSWORD MANAGER. JUST KEEP IT SOMEWHERE THAT YOU WON'T LOSE IT AND THAT IT WON'T BE STOLEN. THIS IS THE MASTER KEY TO YOU ACCOUNT.

On the next page you will be asked to confirm your seed phrase.

After you have confirmed your seed phrase MetaMask will be ready to use!

Step 3. Fund your wallet

After you have installed MetaMask and created a wallet you will need to fund your wallet with Ether. Click the MetaMask icon in your browser (the Fox icon at the top right) and click the "Deposit" button. You will be given several options to add funds to your wallet. You will need to use an exchange to convert your fiat currency (US Dollar) to cryptocurrency (Ether).

You will be able to transfer funds from the exchange to your MetaMask wallet by using your public key. You can find your public key in the MetaMask UI. It's the number that starts with 0x. In the image below it is underneath "Account 1" and says "0x5C26...A2dB". You can hover your mouse cursor over that section to copy your public key to your clipboard.

If you need help with any of this please contact us.

Step 4. Go to the Cargo Dashboard

When MetaMask has been installed and is ready to use go to https://cargo.build/dashboard. Once you go to the Cargo Dashboard you will be asked to allow Cargo to interact with MetaMask. Click the confirmation button and you will immediately be able to start creating crates and contrats on Cargo! Go the the Intro to the Cargo Dashboard section to start learning how to use the dashboard.