Ripple Tests EVM-Compatible XRP Ledger Sidechain

  • Once fully launched, the new sidechain will allow developers to write apps using Solidity, and enable XRP Ledge users to interact with Ethereum smart contracts and dapps.
  • The EVM-compatible sidechain is currently in its first testing phase, but its official launch is expected to happen sometime in the second quarter of 2023.


Ripple is planning to bring Ethereum smart contracts to its users, and is now testing a new Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) XRP Ledger (XRPL) sidechain, blockchain developer RippleX said in a blog post on 17 October.

According to the announcement, the EVM-compatible XRPL sidechain — which will allow users to interact with Ethereum decentralized applications (dapps) in the future — was launched on company’s devnet, a restricted experimental network used to test XRPL implementations. The firm behind the project, Peersyst, has also introduced a bridge between the EVM-compatible sidechain and the XRPL Devnet, enabling developers to deploy existing Ethereum dapps. RippleX wrote:

“By building an EVM sidechain and bridge, we are making XRPL features accessible to more developers that would benefit from XRPL advantages like fast, low-cost transactions at scale. Developers can also leverage the sidechain and bridge to use XRP within the EVM sidechain environment.”

The EVM-compatible sidechain is currently in its first phase of testing, and will be limited to a select group of developers. Phase two is expected to begin in early 2023, transitioning the sidechain to a “permissionless” with improved scalability, making it open to the public. Ripple expects to launch phase three in the second quarter of next year, officially launching the EVM-compatible sidechain with a bridge to the XRPL Mainnet.

The company noted that throughout all three phases, the EVM-compatible sidechain will feature block and finality times similar to the XRPL Mainnet, as well as support Ethereum smart contracts and DApps such as Metamask, Remix, and Truffle.

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