How big is the Ripple network?


The size of the Bitcoin network is available here:

As the page says, they do this by listening for Address messages that are broadcast over the network.

Since the Ripple server is now open-source, we can expect a number of individuals and companies to start running their own nodes. Is there a way to estimate the size of the network, either using an RPC command on the server, or by modifying the server code itself to collect some information about the peers?

I would be interested in the following numbers:

Number of public servers Number of validators

I imagine the first one could be obtained by querying peers recursively. Unfortunately the RPC interface is only available to by default. As for the second metric, I'm guessing we can get this by looking at the...

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“Six degrees of separation” is a phrase that sums up the social network phenomenon. The idea is that anybody on Earth can link themselves to anybody else in only six jumps. Network scientists have long studied this counterintuitive “small world” phenomenon, using it to send postcards and e-mails around the world.

At the core of these networks are the links that humans develop with each other and the fact that links between friends and associates are much stronger than links between strangers.

And that raises an interesting possibility: instead of sending postcards or e-mails via these trusted links, why not use them to send money? The idea is that while we might be unwilling to make a deal with somebody we do not know, we might instead be willing to make a deal a friend, who makes a deal with their friend, and so on until the funds reach the intended recipient.

It turns out that just such a financial network already exists in the form of Ripple. This is a...

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1. What is Ripple?

Ripple is the name for both a digital currency (XRP) and an open payment network within which that currency is transferred. It is a distributed, open-source payments system that’s still in beta. The goal of the ripple system, according to its website, is to enable people to break free of the “walled gardens” of financial networks – ie, credit cards, banks, PayPal and other institutions that restrict access with fees, charges for currency exchanges and processing delays.

2. What does Ripple do?

According to is OpenCoin, the company behind ripple, the currency addresses the need to keep money flowing freely. A company blog post titled “Ripple and the Purpose of Money” gives a brief history of money and its transportability, and points to the frustration of having banks and other institutions impede the transfer of funds with transaction fees and processing delays. The goal of Ripple, it says, is to build on the decentralized digital currency...

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Ripple may be the latest craze in the cryptocurrency world. Although its price still lags far behind Ethereum and Bitcoin, it has nonetheless gained 3800% in recent months, catapulting it to the number 3 spot on the list of over 100 cryptocurrencies with regard to market capitalization. What's more important, perhaps, is the technology that Ripple offers aside from its currency. The Ripple blockchain protocol has gained recognition by more than 60 major financial institutions around the world, with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi one of the latest to incorporate it into its practices. Ripple has, in this way, broken a barrier that virtually no other cryptocurrency has, by finding a way to integrate itself within the broader financial world. To some, this spells a new way for the future of the digital currency industry. To others, though, Ripple has some significant security weaknesses. What could bring down this rising star?

Ripple Capitalizes on a "Small World"...

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Like Bitcoin, Ripple makes money easier to move around the world. But while Bitcoin is a currency, Ripple is an internet protocol that allows for financial transactions in any currency. For example, a user can transfer dollars over Ripple, and the other party can receive euros.

San Francisco-based startup Ripple Labs aims to make Ripple the standard protocol used by the world's banks to transfer money around the globe as cheaply and quickly as sending an e-mail.

To learn more about Ripple and how it might affect small-business transactions, we spoke with Gary Kremen, who founded and recently launched CrossCoin Ventures, an accelerator that mentors Ripple-based startups and helps them tackle finance-specific challenges such as compliance and customer-service requirements.

What are the advantages of Ripple?

Like Bitcoin, Ripple is a shared public database and global ledger. A process called consensus allows computers on the Ripple network to...

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The new Ripple cryptocurrency is proposed as an even more reliable Bitcoin alternative; Let’s see together what it is like, what are its benefits, and above all how much it is worth.

What is Ripple, how does it work and what are its main differences with Bitcoin, the most famous cryptovalue?
Ripple is a cryptophone present since 2013, which along with Ethereum represents the true and trustworthy alternative to Bitcoin. Like all the various criptovalutes present in the world, Ripple is not a currency “present in nature” but rather exists thanks to the network.

Ripple means the XRP currency that the network where this criptovalupa operates. So let’s look at all the many features of this cryptovalue, analyzing the operation and the main differences with Bitcoin.

Recently, the oscillations of the Bitcoin cryptovalue have led the criptovalutes on all the first pages of financial newspapers. The great growth of Bitcoin, now directed to overcoming the $...

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XRP is one of the best altcoins, technically and partner wise. There is a major misunderstanding, due to disinformation campaigns on the internet. The main misunderstanding about ripple is, that banks don't need to buy ripples to fullfill their transactions. Banks do need to buy ripple to use the ripple system.

Now that we got that out of the way. There is another main reason why i believe ripple has a better chance to be the nummer 1 or 2 coin than ETH. ETH has very slow transactions thus has excaclty the same problem as bitcoin . Ripple does not have this problem! Ripples transactions are nearly instant.

Ripple used to have permanent inflation , only a month ago the supply was locked! There will never be more Ripples. This will cause a major rise soon enough.

Another big reason is that the banks that will use Ripple will grow exponentially. Also ripple is being added to nearly all the major crypto exchanges. Even though the market cap of ripple is high. It...

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Throughout the cryptocurrency world there are a number of big name contenders who all operate under similar rules. Bitcoin, the largest and most popular virtual currency, set the precedent for a peer-to-peer network that would release a limited number of units that could be mined by its users. Their network gave its users the freedom of anonymous currency transactions across the globe, at little to no cost. Since Bitcoin was first introduced in 2013, a number of other cryptocurrecies have made their presence known, generally following in Bitcoin’s footsteps. Ripple, however, chose an entirely different path, while maintaining many of the intriguing attributes that drew users to Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and other virtual currencies.

Ripple is the creator and developer of the Ripple payment protocol, which was originally named Opencoin. Based in San Francisco the company now represents one of the leaders in the cryptocurrency industry. As a payment protocol, Ripple is a...

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Published on August 1st, 2013 | by Donald McIntyre >>>

The Ripple Network is a global open payments system that works with all currencies. It also contains its own embedded digital currency called ripple identified with the foreign exchange symbol XRP.

Everybody in the world, from individuals, businesses, financial institutions, to central banks, and governments, can connect to the network to send, receive, buy, and sell any currency . You can learn more about the network by going to

OpenCoin Inc. is a San Francisco based start-up founded by some of the original members of the bitcoin community. Under the same principles of openness and decentralization of bitcoin they decided to build The Ripple Network as an open source software. The company is a private entity that has three functions in the network; to continue development of the source code, to promote the adoption of the network, and to...

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Ripple has grown explosively over the past few weeks. In fact today it grew almost 35%. it is one of the biggest gaining currency of the day and I want to share with you guys what Ripple is.

Protocol vs. Currency

So lets start off with one confusing factors. So I must make a distinction between Ripple the transaction protocol (which is used between banks and other businesses) and the ripple issued currency, XRP. When you see Ripple making gains its actually the XRP, the currency that is issued by Ripple, that is gaining. And this is actually quite different from the network protocol or Ripple protocol. Both share the same name and I’m sure this has definitely confused a lot of investors.

Ripple Protocol

So lets start off with the transaction network known as Ripple. So the Ripple protocol is based on technology that’s similar to blockchain but not completely the same. It doesn’t require any mining and its based on a consensus network instead of...

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Over the past few weeks, there has been a fair bit of confusion on cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and tokens. Even though there are distinct similarities between the three, now would be a good time to take a closer look at what Ripple – or XRP – and Bitcoin are trying to achieve. Comparing these two directly is quite interesting, although it is important to remember they are completely different projects in the end.

2. Bitcoin

Most people active in the world of cryptocurrency and digital assets have heard of Bitcoin. It is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency focusing on decentralization. It is also a payment method for both consumers and merchants alike. Completing smaller payments remains a bit of a challenge, although the Lightning Network may – hopefully – alleviate those concerns some day.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency in its truest form, issued on a blockchain through the process we know as “mining.” It has a global reach and continues to make a lot of...

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How to protect yourself from hackers

Hackers launched blistering ransomware attacks Tuesday against companies and agencies across the world, particularly targeting Ukrainian businesses.

Major global firms reported that they had been targeted, including British advertising agency WPP (WPPGY), Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft, global shipping company FedEx and Danish shipping firm Maersk.

On Wednesday, FedEx said operations of its TNT Express subsidiary were disrupted by a virus.

"Like many other companies worldwide, TNT Express operations have been significantly affected by an information system virus," Patrick Fitzgerald, SVP FedEx integrated marketing and communications, said. "No data breach is known to have occurred."

Maersk issued a similar statement on Tuesday, saying its tech systems "are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack."

Related: What is ransomware?

The U.S.-based pharmaceutical...

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14 January 2013—This Christmas season I bought my very first bitcoins. The idea was to give them as gifts to my family, thus setting the Pecks out on the adventure of figuring out how Bitcoin—the four-year-old decentralized, stateless cryptocurrency—works and why it might be important. I enjoy giving homework as a present.

The adventure, however, turned out to be my own, as I first had to find a way to get some bitcoins. Apparently there are a few ways: You can join the network that creates bitcoins and mint them at a slow, unpredictable pace. You can accept them as payment. You can buy them from a centralized exchange. Or you can find a random stranger online who wants to sell them and meet up with him on the street. I chose the latter, an option that landed me in a coffee shop three days before Christmas, handing over US $100 cash to a man I had never met, whose father had promised to immediately transfer me bitcoins from his home in the Caribbean.

And so he did....

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ripple Concept

Using This Site

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Ripple Concept

How do I collect my money?

When you get paid through the service, you are left being owed by one or more of your neighbours. You may use those obligations to purchase whatever you can by paying them to someone through the system. Of course, you may pay them right to one of your neighbours for whatever they have to offer you, including cash.

Until there is a critical mass of users, buying exactly what you want using the Ripple service may be difficult, therefore if settling in cash is important to you, you should make this clear to your neighbours so they will not be surprised when you ask them for money. Also, take care to not offer credit limits that are too high, or collecting may become a problem. Remember, someone may become indebted to you not just for what you or they have done using the Ripple service,...

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Chapter 4

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're still a bit confused, that's okay. Buying bitcoins is hard, but that's why I built this site, to make it easier!

If you still need help, I hope this FAQ will help to answer any remaining questions.

When is the Right Time to Buy?

As with any market, nothing is for sure. Bitcoin is traded 24/7 and its price changes every second.

Bitcoin's price in US dollars during 2015 and 2016. It's impossible to say when to buy.

Use tools like Bitcoin Wisdom or Cryptowatch to analyze charts from other Bitcoin trading sites. These charts will help you understand Bitcoin’s price history across the many global Bitcoin exchanges.

Why Does Buying Bitcoin Take So Long?

Long wait times are usually a problem with existing payment systems, not with Bitcoin itself.

Bitcoin transactions only take about 10 minutes to confirm. Bank transfers in the U.S., for example, can take up to five...

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Ripple Labs (formerly OpenCoin) CTO Stefan Thomas has announced that, as of today, the source code for the peer-to-peer node behind the Ripple payment network is officially open source. Parts of Ripple, particularly a Javascript-based web client, have been open source for months, but the release of the peer-to-peer “full node”, rippled (comparable to Bitcoin’s bitcoind) means that the community now, at least in theory, has the entire suite of tools needed to maintain the Ripple network on its own.

Ripple is a peer-to-peer digital payment network, similar to Bitcoin in many ways, but with a number of distinguishing features. First of all, and most importantly, Ripple allows users to use Bitcoin-like cryptographically signed transactions to store and transfer almost anything – US dollars, euros, Swiss francs, gold and silver and even potentially company shares can all be handled on the network. The way that Ripple manages this is by storing all assets as debts between parties...

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Throughout the past couple of months, Ripple XRP has risen to become the biggest gainer amongst all cruptocurrencies recording more than 4000% growth during around 6 weeks. This reflects increased trust of crypt-enthusiasts in Ripple’s network which relies on “path based” transactions which sets Ripple apart from other altcoins. Ripple is pseudonymous and deanonmymization attacks have been successful in the past across Ripple’s network. But what if Ripple can be completely anonymous? Wouldn’t that greatly increase the value of XRP?

Before we can answer this question, let’s first understand how Ripple’s network works

Ripple and Other Credit Networks:

Ripple is a form of a credit network across which users build trust with others via the “I Owe You” (IOU) credit concept. The concept initiates transactions between a couple of users to settle IOU credit along the trust path that extends between both of hem. Practically speaking, the IOU credit concept promotes...

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With all of the excitement over Google+ and all of the changes and updates being made to the network, it’s easy to miss a feature here and there. For me, this was Google+ Ripples, a feature that was launched October 26 of last year. So, it’s almost been one full year and I still hadn’t really delved into this new technology. As someone who has continuously been writing about social media and SEO for the entirety of this last year, I couldn’t help but ask myself: Did I miss something, or was there a reason Google+ Ripples was able to fly under an unwanted radar?

What Is Google+ Ripples?

For those of you who missed it like me, Google+ Ripples is an interactive way to visually show who has shared a specific post. The feature is built right into the Google+ network and it’s completely free, which is more than we can say for many of the cool Twitter and Facebook tools, so it’s something easy to use.

One thing to keep in mind is that the ripple will only show you...

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Digital currencies have emerged as one of the most profitable investments of 2017.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Just take a look at the returns:

Ethereum is up 2,000%. Bitcoin is up 744,233%. Litecoin is up 750%.

With the digital currency floodgates open, early investors are becoming accustomed to four-digit returns.

But there’s a catch. Many of the currencies listed above have already achieved mainstream investors. They will continue to generate profits (making them valid investments), but you will never be able to buy them for under $1.

Many digital currency investors are hunting for the next big altcoin, hoping to find a new Bitcoin for the right price.

And the best contender is Ripple. In the last year alone, Ripple is up 3,733%.

Ripple is not your traditional digital currency. Calling it one is the equivalent of calling a horse a mule — you vastly undersell the currency’s potential.

Today, Ripple is busy...

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Given its early emphasis on distributed ledgers in what was then widely described as the digital currency ecosystem, Ripple has long held a unique market position in the industry. In the age of "blockchain", the startup remains one of the few holdouts to describe its offerings as "distributed financial technology".

Since it was founded in 2012, Ripple has garnered a track record of success with major banks, which have viewed bitcoin and its largely anonymous transaction validators (miners), as a potential liability. Ripple and its permissioned network, in turn, emerged as a 'safe' alternative for incumbent firms, one that wasn't colored by high levels of more negative press.

The positive market momentum would help the startup raise $38.6m from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, CME Group and Santander InnoVentures.

Michael O’Loughlin, who leads blockchain development at IT consulting firm and Ripple partner CGI Group, told CoinDesk that he...

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Ripple is a venture startup from San Francisco. It has expanded with offices now in New York, London, Luxembourg and Sydney. The company specialises in providing financial settlement solutions and is increasingly expanding its customer base, leading to a huge increase in the number of individuals investing in Ripple.

FinTech start-ups typically provide solutions for banks or disrupt/compete with banks. Ripple aims to do both: provide an alternative for transferring money, but also provide solutions to banks cross-border activities.

What Is Ripple’s Technology?

Ripple has engineered a payment system like blockchain. It uses a shared ledger to process transactions. The network allows assets to move freely, directly and instantly therefore reducing time and cost of clearing. Ripple believes the costs of transactions will be 50%-60% lower for retail remittance and commercial payments using distributed ledger technology. In addition, a clear benefit is that it can...

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Distributed ledger settlement startup Ripple has raised $55m in venture capital from a mix of financial industry heavyweights.

Participating in Ripple's Series B round are Standard Chartered, Accenture Ventures, SCB Digital Ventures, the venture arm of Siam Commercial Bank and SBI Holdings. Additional investors include Santander InnoVentures, CME Ventures, Seagate Technology and Venture 51.

With a growth trajectory that will soon force the settlement startup out of its San Francisco headquarters, much of those funds will be spent on expansion projects including sales and marketing. However, the investment is distinct for Ripple in that some of the funds could also fuel new acquisitions.

Ripple president and COO Brad Garlinghouse told CoinDesk:

"This gives us a strong balance sheet to also consider acquisitions. There are a lot of small players doing something interesting. Historically, we wouldn’t be interested, but going forward we may be."

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Chris Larsen, the chief executive of Ripple, said the company was investing the fresh funds in global expansion.

"We have been expanding our office locations. We want to continue that and grow those teams, we want to be hiring so we can have engineers on the ground with local banking partners as you have to get in there with the banks to make sure you have a complete solution and make things as easy as possible," Larsen told CNBC in a phone interview.

The company recently opened an office in Luxemburg and is considering Singapore and Frankfurt as the next locations.

Blockchain - which is the basis for Ripple's technology - works like a huge, decentralized ledger for the digital currency bitcoin which records every transaction and stores this information on a global network so it cannot be tampered with. It's this technology that banks feel can be utilized in areas from remittances to securities exchanges.

In the future, Larsen said that as an increasing...

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DEFINITION of 'Ripple'

A term used by "The Dow Theory" author, Robert Rhea, to describe the day-to-day fluctuations in stock market price activity. Rhea wrote that three simultaneous movements of stock prices occur that can be compared to tides, waves and ripples. The Dow Theory, published in 1932, indicated that speculators attempt to ride the tides and the occasional big waves, and that only reckless investors would ever attempt to profit by the day-to-day price changes or ripples.


Many of today's technical and fundamental analysts encourage investors to ignore market ripples -the small changes in daily price movement -and instead focus on the longer-term tides and waves. Active traders, and in particular day traders and scalpers, try to exploit these short-term ripples for profit, often opening and closing a position within a matter of hours, minutes or even seconds. Despite Rhea's belief that this type of investing was reckless, it...

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Family Owned Since 1925

DRG is part of the third-generation Muselman family business headquartered in Berne, Ind., near Fort Wayne. It is comprised of two divisions: Annie's and Strategic Fulfillment Group (SFG).

Annie's ( is based in Berne, Indiana. Its products -- including magazines, books, kits and supplies, online classes and TV programming -- are targeted to home and family interests, including crafts, nostalgia and home decor.

SFG provides technology solutions, including fulfillment, out of a 140,000-square-foot facility in East Texas.

The Muselman business began in 1925 with the founding of Economy Printing Concern in Berne. EP Graphics, as it is known today, is still owned by the Muselman family. It specializes in high-quality, four-color web printing for catalogs and...

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