Ripple and XRP are often used interchangeably. Technically speaking Ripple is the network and XRP is the coin or token on that network- yet XRP is often referred to as ripple. This is not entirely correct, but in general this does not cause any confusion. Ripple has a steady position in the top five crypto projects with the highest market capitalisation. In that sense, ripple is quite successful!

Everything about ripple:

What is Ripple?
How can you acquire ripple (XRP)?
What are the differences between ripple (XRP) and bitcoin?

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What is Ripple?

Ripple is an American company that was founded in 2012 under the name Opencoin. The company developed the Ripple Transaction Protocol, and in 2015 the name of the company was changed to Ripple as well.

Ripple is mainly looking for solutions to streamline (international) transactions between banks. In order to do so, they developed three platforms: xRapid, xCurrent, and xVia. The accompanying coin XRP can be used on Ripple’s blockchain, making transactions between banks even faster.

Traditional transfers are considered inefficient. Transactions can take multiple days and often come with a hefty fee. If banks join one of Ripple’s platforms to process transactions, they are going to be a lot more efficient.

That works something like this:
Step 1: You send an international payment.
Step 2: Your bank buys XRP.
Step 3: Your bank sends the XRP to the receiving bank.
Step 4: The receiving bank sells the XRP.
Step 5: The proceeds are deposited on the recipient's account.

How do you get ripple (XRP)?

Whilst most coins can be obtained by mining them, XRP is not minable. All XRP coins were created at Ripple’s inception, and Ripple regularly releases coins into the market.

The easiest way to obtain XRP is to buy them at an exchange or a broker like BTC Direct!

What are the differences between ripple (XRP) and bitcoin?

The biggest and most important difference between bitcoin and ripple is their original goal. On the one hand, Bitcoin was developed as a decentralised peer-to-peer alternative to the current payment system. The idea behind bitcoin is that in order to exchange value, a third party or mediator is no longer needed.

On the other hand, Ripple is developed to improve banks’ current payment system, rather than to replace it. Ripple’s protocol can be used to transfer currencies (among them XRP- their own coin). 

Another important difference is that bitcoin can be mined. Mining bitcoin means that new transactions are verified and collected, put together in a block, which is then added to the existing blockchain. A miner receives newly created bitcoins as a reward. Anyone can acquire bitcoin by mining them, you ‘only’ need a powerful computer.

Ripple has chosen to centralise the issuing of XRP. All XRP that will ever exist have already been created. There are 100 billion XRP, of which 40 billion have already been issued. The rest is still managed by the Ripple Foundation. Every month, the Ripple Foundation releases a maximum of 1 billion XRP into the market. Unused coins are retrieved from the market.

Here’s an overview in which we compare bitcoin with ripple.

  BTC Ripple
Start 2009 2012
Founder Satoshi Nakamoto Ripple Labs
Maximum supply 21,000,000 100,000,000
Transactions per second 3-6 1500
Smart contracts Soon to be implemented using Rootstock

Soon to be implemented using Codius.


Mining Proof of Work, SHA-256

No mining needed. All XRP were created at Ripple’s inception. Approximately 60 percent is in the hands of the Ripple company

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We explained ripple and XRP. XRP is the coin of the Ripple protocol. You can only acquire the XRP coin by buying it. With most cryptocurrencies, new coins are created by mining them. With Ripple, all 100 billion XRP coins have been created at once. Currently 40% of the circulating supply is traded on exchanges. The remaining 60% is managed by Ripple itself.

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