MetaMask is a well-known plugin for Ethereum users since it allows to easily manage ETH payments through a browser.
The project is interesting because it allows users to run distributed applications directly in the browser as well as having their own wallet easily accessible.
MetaMask, the plugin: what is it about?
Making the Ethereum ecosystem more accessible to the average consumer is the main objective of the development team. MetaMask, however, is much more than just an Ether wallet that can display all the ERC20 tokens, which are those based on the Ethereum blockchain.
It has all the same functions, features and ease of access as regular Ethereum wallets such as MyEtherWallet. It also allows interacting with dApps and smart contracts without the need to download the entire blockchain or install any secondary software.
The MetaMask plugin is also designed for developers and allows to easily connect to the main Ethereum test networks including Ropsten, Kovan and Rinkedy.
It is also possible to connect MetaMask to some hardware wallets including Trezor and Ledger.
Browsers supporting the plugin
All is presented through a convenient user interface, which further reduces the barriers of entry for even the newest users of the Ethereum ecosystem and dApps.
To date, MetaMask is supported by multiple browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Opera and also by the most recent one, Brave. Future support for the Edge is still uncertain. Mobile support, on the other hand, is not yet guaranteed but is in the development phase.
MetaMask: a growing number of users
The latest news is the surpassing of 260 thousand active monthly users according to Bobby Dresser, Product Manager of MetaMask.
Dresser specifies that over 90,000 users use MetaMask weekly, with continuous growth of 1.1% per week.
This simple plug-in provides access to a wide range of decentralised applications. Among the most used are Remix, an online compiler for dApp developers, and the video games 0xUniverse and Axie Infinity.