XRP Ledger sidechains go step further in development with new devnet launch

RippleX, the open platform that promotes the expansion of XRPL and its ecosystem, has announced the availability of XRP Ledger Sidechains on a new devnet.

Ripple’s chief technology officer, David Schwartz, previously presented a vision for federated sidechains. This innovation would allow developers to customize the XRP Ledger (XRPL) to meet the needs of their use case or create and test new features that, if successful, could be added to the mainnet.

Throughout the past year, federated sidechains have become available in preview mode, allowing developers to test the transfer of assets such as XRP Ledger’s native XRP from the “main” XRPL to a “sidechain.”

After testing and considering community feedback from the preview, Ripple engineers revealed the second generation of XRPL sidechains with a redesigned design. RippleX developers released information on the new sidechain design for the XRP Ledger in the XLS 38d proposal from last year.

After thorough testing and considering community feedback from the preview, the implementation, specification, and documentation for that design (XLS-38d) are now done and ready for review and testing. A new devnet is also available for testing sidechains. XRPL sidechain support is currently ready for testing and starting application development, according to a blog post.

It is worth noting that Peersyst announced the first phase of the EVM sidechain for XRPL on devnet in October 2022, bringing current Solidity-based smart contracts created on EVM-compatible chains to XRPL. RippleX vows to keep its community updated on any breakthroughs as it develops its vision for XRPL sidechains.

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