View the available releases for the Echo desktop wallet: https://github.com/echoprotocol/echo-wallet/releases
Download the appropriate installation file for your operating system (e.g.
.dmg for MacOS
Follow the installation steps for your operating system (e.g. open the
.dmg file and drag the Echo Wallet application to the
Applications folder on MacOS.
Open the newly installed application!
You'll be asked to input an account name, which is a publicly-available identifier that anyone can use to send you transactions on the Echo network - think of it as a human-readable version of your public key. It cannot be changed after creation.
At this step, you'll also be shown a WIF key for your account. This is an Echo version of a private key and is generated one-time, locally on your computer.
ECHO is the native asset of the Echo network and is used to pay transaction (gas) fees, as well as to choose and reward the block producers and verifiers in the Echo PoWR consensus mechanism. On the current testnet, a faucet will send you 50 ECHO upon successfully creating an account to use for testing.