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How to Trade on OKEx DEX

2020.08.19 OKEx

Decentralized exchanges have gained traction in the crypto community following the decentralized finance boom of 2020. In July this year, DEXs set a record high of $4.3 billion in trading volume — up 174% compared to June.

Decentralized exchanges serve as asset trading platforms and play a critical role in providing liquidity to the DeFi ecosystem. In OKEx’s continued efforts to foster the DeFi ecosystem's growth, we have launched the testnet of OKEx DEX to offer a seamless, decentralized trading experience to our users.

If you want to learn how to trade cryptocurrencies on a decentralized exchange, this guide will help you get started with OKEx DEX.

What is OKEx DEX?

OKEx DEX is a decentralized exchange powered by our own blockchain, called OKChain. OKChain is a set of open-source public blockchains aiming to promote large-scale commercial applications. As the first application in OKChain, OKEx DEx offers a borderless decentralized trading platform with the following features:

  • Security: Secp256k1 elliptic curve algorithm is adopted to provide a highly secure environment for OKEx DEX.
  • Noncustodial: Users have full access and control over their assets and wallets.
  • Order matching: OKEx DEX adopts a call auction mechanism, ensuring that a trading pair only has one traded price in a block.

Follow the steps below to start trading on OKEx DEX.

Step 1: Log in to your OKEx account

Go to the OKEx homepage and click Login at the top right corner to enter your account details.

Step 2: Open the OKEx DEX testnet

Navigate to Trade in the top menu on the OKEx homepage and select DEX Trading under "Spot" to open the OKEx DEX testnet.

Step 3: Create your OKChain wallet

You need to create or import a wallet before you can start trading on OKEx DEX. Scroll down to the "Quick Start" section of the OKEx DEX page and click Create wallet under "1. Create OKChain wallet."

Next, you need to create a password with at least 10 characters. The password needs to include at least an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter and a number. After you acknowledge that OKEx DEX will not save any of your passwords or related data, click Next to proceed.

The next step will allow you to generate and download/save your mnemonic phrase. Click I understand to proceed. Once you have backed up your mnemonic phrase in a secure location, click I have copied it. Verify now to proceed.

Perform the mnemonic phrase verification in the next step and click Confirm.

After verification, you can check and save your private key. Please note that users are fully responsible for safeguarding and protecting their private keys.

Step 4: Claim your DEX test tokens

Users can claim free testing tokens before they can try OKEx DEX.

You can either visit the claim page from the OKEx DEX page by clicking on Get testing currencies or by clicking on this link.

Now, you need to enter the address of your OKChain wallet (that you created in the previous step) and click Confirm to receive your test tokens.

Step 5: Review your asset balance

You can now open the DEX trading dashboard from the main page by clicking on Start trading or by visiting this link.

On this screen, you can hover over the Wallet at the top right corner and click Asset Balance to view your test tokens.

All users receive 1 testnet Bitcoin (TBTC), 1,000 testnet OKB (TOKB), 1,000 testnet OK token (TOKT), 100 testnet USDK (TUSDK) — as shown below.

Step 6: Initiate a transaction

To start trading with these test tokens, go to the trading dashboard of OKEx DEX and select the trading pair from the top bar to initiate a transaction. For this tutorial, we selected "TOKB/TUSDK."

Step 7: Input transaction details and proceed

In this instance, we use TUSDK to purchase TOKB. You can enter the transaction details in the bottom right corner of the trading page and click Buy TOKB to proceed.

As shown below, we purchase 10 TOKB in this example by setting a limit order at 4.177, which means the cost to purchase 1 TOKB is 4.177 TUSDK. The total cost of our order is 41.77 TUSDK.

Finally, you need to enter the password for your wallet (that you created earlier) to confirm the transaction.

Step 8: Review your transaction

Go to Asset Balance from the "Wallet" drop-down list in the top menu and select Transaction Record to review completed transactions.

Build your own DEX

Apart from trading on OKEx DEX, you can build your own decentralized exchange via OpenDEX. Powered by OKChain, OpenDEX enables full on-chain matching and on-chain order-book management to make matching information more transparent.

For more information on OpenDEX, refer to this article.


Disclaimer: This material should not be taken as the basis for making investment decisions, nor be construed as a recommendation to engage in investment transactions. Trading digital assets involve significant risk and can result in the loss of your invested capital. You should ensure that you fully understand the risk involved and take into consideration your level of experience, investment objectives and seek independent financial advice if necessary.


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