The first XRP Ledger (XRPL) Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible sidechain has gone live on the parallel test network, XRPL Devnet, Ripple developers announced on Monday

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Fast facts

  • An EVM-compatible side chain brings Ethereum smart contracts to the XRP ecosystem.
  • It also lowers barriers to entry for cross-chain application developments, according to Ripple Chief Technology Officer David Schwartz.
  • In the next phase of testing, planned for early 2023, developers intend to make the EVM sidechain and bridge permissionless. 
  • The final phase is the launch of a permissionless EVM sidechain and bridge on the XRPL mainnet.

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