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Create your first DAO

For this tutorial, we'll make a DAO for your reading group. This will let folks in your reading group vote on which books to read, organize money for snacks, and so on.

To keep things cheap, we'll do everything on the Juno testnet. These testnet tokens have no value, and you can get some for free in Juno's Discord. More on that in a moment.

Install Keplr

To use DAO DAO you'll need a wallet. A wallet is your digital identity on the blockchain. DAO DAO uses the Keplr wallet. You'll need to install that before getting started.

Once you've installed Keplr you'll need to create an account. To do this open the Keplr extension by pressing the puzzle piece icon in the top right of your browser and clicking on the Keplr logo. Once you do that you'll be directed to a page where you can create a new account.

Make sure to store your seed phrase somewhere only you'll be able to find it.

If you'd like a video walkthrough of this DAO DAO member @case has made a nice one you can find here.

Connect your wallet

To make your first DAO, head to and connect your Keplr wallet by pressing the connect wallet button in the top left.

Get some $JUNOX

To get some $JUNOX (testnet $JUNO), join the Juno Discord and put your Juno address in the #faucet channel. A bot should airdrop you enough $JUNOX to follow this tutorial.


You'll need $JUNO to build a real DAO We'll stick to the testnet for this tutorial. But, once you're ready to build a real DAO, you'll need some mainnet $JUNO. (The mainnet version of DAO DAO is deployed on the Juno chain). You can pick some $JUNO up on an exchange like Osmosis or JunoSwap

Create a DAO

Navigate to the DAO creation page. You will see the basic configurations for your DAO.

Name and describe your DAO

Every DAO has a name and a description. These will be displayed in the DAO DAO UI and on the chain. These don't need to be unique.

Let's create a DAO called "Bookclub."


The UI is full of tooltips. Read them! They'll tell you more about configuration options.

Create your DAO's governance token

Every DAO has a governance token, a cw20-gov token native to the DAO. This token is used for voting on DAO proposals.

Let's call our book club's token $BOOKC.

Distribute your governance tokens

Next, you can pick some addresses to distribute tokens to. These addresses will have voting power in your DAO relative to their weight.

Sadly, the rest of your friends in the book club aren't as into DAOs as you are, so they don't have Juno addresses yet. That's fine. We'll give most of the tokens to you for now.

This will mint 200 $BOOKC, giving half to you and half to your treasury.


To find your Juno address, open Keplr, go to Juno Mainnet, and click on your address to copy it to your clipboard.

Notice that we've given 100 tokens to our DAO's treasury. These are funds controlled by the DAOthat is, by governance proposals. We'll return to the treasury later.

Create DAO

You'll notice some additional configuration here as well. You can read about those voting configurations if you like. For now, we'll accept the defaults for now and create our DAO!

Go ahead and press "Create DAO."

Keplr will ask you to approve the transaction. Approve it.

🎉 Congratulations! You've made a DAO! 🎉

Continue on to learn how to manage it.