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Ripple Gateways
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A Ripple gateway is a business that provides onboard and offboard ramps to the Ripple network.
Ripple is free open source software and no agreement with Ripple Labs is necessary. However,
Ripple Labs would like to be of assistance in integration planning and implementation. This is a
primer on considerations related to integration of the gateway service.
Overview
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The Ripple System
Business Cases
The Gateway Service
Types of Accounts
Account Balances
Best Practices
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Revenue Models
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Integration Process
Legal Compliance
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Resources
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Connecting Gateways
The Ripple System
Ripple is a universal protocol for money that allows independent payment systems to communicate as
easily as email systems do. Just as SMTP created a shared standard for email, Ripple creates a shared
standard for payments. As with email, no one owns Ripple, and there is no central operator. Ripple is
open source software that allows servers all over the world to communicate peer-to-peer financial
transactions to one another.
If the Ripple protocol becomes the standard protocol for money, payments will become as fast, cheap,
and easy as email. There are no network fees, and payments are instant.
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An automatic
currency exchange
that enables
peer-to-peer F X
and cross-currency
payments.
A currency built
into Ripple that
prevents network
abuse and acts as
a bridge currency.
Payment
Network
A network of
accounts and
balances that
send/receive
payments.
Distributed
Exchange
Currency (XRP)
RTXP runs on a global
network of computers that
continually update a shared
database.
The Ledger enables diverse
financial transactions.
RTXP
An Internet protocol for making transactions.
The Ledger
A distributed database of accounts and balances.