Explore the Solana Web3 ecosystem
Buy and swap SOL and SPL tokens, connect to Solana Web3 apps, and more! To explore Solana Web3 in style, download Exodus Web3 Wallet!
In this article:
- What is the Solana ecosystem?
- How do I connect to Solana dApps and Web3 apps?
- What are some popular Web3 apps on Solana?
- How do I buy Solana (SOL)?
- How do I exchange SOL and Solana (SPL) tokens?
- Which Solana (SPL) tokens does Exodus support?
- How do I stake Solana?
- How do I collect and display Solana NFTs?
What is the Solana ecosystem?
The Solana ecosystem is everything built on the Solana network. It's made up of SPL tokens, NFTs, DEXs, DeFi dApps, and every other type of Web3 app you can think of.
Solana is a decentralized blockchain built to enable scalable, user-friendly apps for the world. Founded by Anatoly Yakovenko and others, the Solana network went live in March 2020.
From staking your SOL to swapping your SPL tokens to collecting pixelated monkeys doing monkey business, here is an introduction to everything you can do on Solana.
How do I connect to Solana dApps and Web3 apps?
First of all, what are dApps and Web3 apps? They're like any other app, except they're built using blockchain technology like smart contracts. Instead of signing in with a username and password, you connect with a crypto wallet.
All dApps are Web3 apps, but not all Web3 apps are decentralized, so 'Web3 app' is the umbrella term used for any app you connect to with a crypto wallet. If you'd like to learn more, visit: What are dApps and Web3 apps?
Exodus Web3 Wallet
You can use Exodus Web3 Wallet to connect to any Solana Web3 app.
Exodus Web3 Wallet is a multi-chain browser extension wallet for Chrome and Brave. To learn how to download, install, and use Exodus Web3 Wallet, visit: Getting started with Exodus Web3 Wallet.
What are some popular dApps and Web3 apps on Solana?
There are a lot of dApps and Web3 apps to explore, that cover everything from DeFi to staking to NFTs and more. Below, you can find some of the most popular Solana Web3 apps.
You can connect and explore without any funds in your wallet. But if you want to interact with Web3 apps, you'll need some Solana (SOL) in your wallet to pay transaction fees.
Don't have any SOL yet? Jump to: How do I buy Solana (SOL)?
It's important to note that Exodus provides a software interface that allows you to connect to Web3. Exodus can't guarantee the safety of any third-party platform, including the Web3 apps listed here. Make sure you do your own research, and only connect to Web3 apps you trust 100%.
For more information about how to stay safe while exploring the wide world of Web3, please visit: Safety and security for DeFi and Web3.
You can use DeFi Llama's dashboard to learn more about the DeFi market.
Jupiter is a liquidity aggregator designed for the Solana network.
Jupiter aggregates token prices and liquidity from decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Jupiter offers a wide range of tokens and the best route discovery between any token pair in the Solana ecosystem.
MeanFi is a non-custodial and permissionless bank that you can use to manage your crypto in various ways.
MeanFi is also a DEX aggregator. It accesses trading pairs from a variety of different DEXs to get you the best rates and lowest slippages.
Mercurial Finance is one of several yield farming applications where you can lend your stablecoins to earn interest on them. Mercurial Finance's stablecoin pools provide stablecoin liquidity to lending platforms and DEXes so that they have enough liquidity on hand to conduct trades.
You can use the exchange on Mercurial Finance to swap your crypto for a supported stablecoin, or deposit into one of the Mercurial Finance pools.
Using Raydium, you can participate in DeFi in various ways, such as trading and swapping your Solana (SPL) tokens, adding liquidity through liquidity pools, earning additional rewards through yield farming, and staking your Raydium tokens.
Step Finance is a DeFi dashboard to track your positions across multiple platforms and protocols. With Step Finance you can:
- Visualize your positions and portfolio
- Swap crypto and provide liquidity to liquidity pools
- View and manage your NFT gallery
- Earn compounding interest from yield farms
Tulip is a yield aggregation platform. It automatically moves your crypto to the DEX offering the highest interest rate.
This makes it easier for you to get better returns without comparing rates between platforms. Tulip aggregates the available rates, finds the best returns, and then moves your crypto to the protocols offering the highest yields.
Marinade Finance solves a Solana liquidity issue caused by the amount of SOL locked up for staking. When Solana is staked it can take several days to stake and unstake making it difficult to actively participate in trading while staking SOL.
Read about Solana staking in our article: Staking Solana (SOL) FAQs.
Magic Eden is a popular NFT marketplace where you can buy and sell Solana NFTs.
MagicEden automates the process for provenance and authenticity verification for NFTs.
Rarible is another popular NFT marketplace that supports Solana NFTs.
Rarible can help you use your NFTs to:
- Join an NFT community
- Collect art
- Play blockchain games
- Turn your art into NFTs
- Get access to fashion drops
- Support your favorite musicians
DeFi Land is a multi-chain agriculture-simulation game created to gamify decentralized finance. You can start playing the game for free, competing with others, crafting, trading, and more.
Since DeFi Land is multi-chain, you can aggregate different protocols to manage your DeFi assets in one place.
How do I buy Solana (SOL)?
If you need to buy some Solana (SOL), you can use the Buy Crypto feature in your Exodus wallet!
Depending on your region, you may be able to purchase through Ramp, MoonPay, or both. You can find our step-by-step guides here:
For general info on how to buy crypto, visit: Where can I buy Bitcoin and other crypto?
How can I exchange Solana and Solana (SPL) tokens in Exodus?
You have 2 options to swap Solana (SOL) and Solana (SPL) tokens in Exodus.
You can use Exodus Swap on Web3 Wallet or the in-app exchange on Desktop and Mobile.
You can swap SOL and SPL tokens using Exodus Swap on Web3 Wallet.
Exodus Swap includes a DEX aggregator that allows you to perform exchanges outside of traditional, centralized exchanges. DEX aggregators get you the best deal from multiple decentralized exchange providers, which means you pay cheaper fees and get better token prices.
You can also perform cross-chain swaps which are routed through centralized API providers in Exodus Swap.
You can find the complete guide here: How do I exchange crypto in Web3 Wallet?
You can exchange many different cryptocurrencies with the in-app exchange on Exodus Desktop and Mobile. You don't have to KYC in most cases, and exchanges are often complete in a few minutes!
To learn more, visit: How do I exchange crypto using the in-app exchange?
Which Solana (SPL) tokens does Exodus support?
Exodus supports a lot of SPL tokens! You can search for your token and enable supported SPL tokens by following the steps in this guide: How do I enable and disable assets in Exodus?
If your token isn't supported, jump to: How do I add custom Solana (SPL) tokens?
You can see all supported SPL tokens if you filter by the Solana network in the Assets section of your wallet. For a complete guide on how to do this, visit: How do I find an asset by its network?
How do I add custom Solana (SPL) tokens?
If Exodus doesn't yet support your favorite SPL token, you can add it as a custom token!
Find all the steps here: How do I add a custom token?
How do I stake Solana?
You can stake your Solana and earn rewards directly from your Exodus wallet.
Solana staking is supported on Web3 Wallet, Desktop, and Mobile. To learn more about Solana staking, visit: Staking Solana (SOL) FAQs.
How do I collect and display Solana NFTs?
You can display your Solana NFTs in your NFT Gallery in Exodus.
Available in Exodus Web3 Wallet, Mobile, and Desktop, the NFT Gallery is an easy way to show off your Solana NFTs.
You can find out more here: How do I explore the NFT Gallery?
You can also buy Solana NFTs on the NFT Marketplace in Exodus Desktop and Mobile (Android only).