Links

Get a Wallet and xDai

How to create an Ethereum wallet so you can log in to Colony
To create a Colony account, you need an Ethereum wallet and a little bit of xDai tokens to pay for transaction fees.

Ethereum Wallet

Metamask is one of the simplest ways to get and manage an Ethereum address. It is a free-to-use browser extension, you can read more about it and how to install it in their getting started guide. Make sure to choose a secure password and both your password and your seed phrase in a safe place, such as a password manager. Never reveal your seed phrase to anyone.
For additional security, you have the option to use a hardware wallet. Metamask supports hardware wallets from Trezor and Ledger.

xDai tokens

Colony is now offering MetaTransactions, which covers your gas fees for Colony on the Gnosis Chain, meaning you no longer need xDai tokens to use Colony. You can read more about it here.
Since Colony runs on the Gnosis Chain network, transaction fees are extremely cheap compared to Ethereum mainnet - but not free. To cover transaction fees while using Colony, you need xDai tokens.
For creating a new colony, 0.1 XDAI are usually sufficient. Once a colony is created, 0.01 XDAI will be sufficient for using a colony for months.

Faucet for smaller amounts

So-called faucets are a convenient way to receive a small amount of xDai instantly and for free.

Sources for larger amounts

To receive larger amounts of xDai, you can either buy xDai directly or bridge funds from another blockchain and exchanges.
1. Bridge DAI across chains
a. To bridge from Ethereum use https://bridge.xdaichain.com
b. To bridge DAI from Binance Smart Chain, Polygon, Avalanche, Fantom, or various other chains you can use one of the following 3rd party token bridges:
Once you have bridged, please double-check that you have actually swapped to xDai and not DAI, as DAI is also on xDai chain as an ERC20 token.
2. Alternatively, you can buy xDai with fiat via:
Note that some options to buy xDai with fiat incur high fees. Especially for higher amounts, bridging DAI from another blockchain may be much cheaper.