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Rippled Server Setup on Ubuntu 16.04+

  • By Amit Kumar
  • July 11, 2018

The exponential growth and evaluation of Ripple in last year is the sign for acquiring significant growth in Bitcoin.

An Outline About Ripple:

Ripple is the top emerging and trending crypto currency which you can use across the world. Likely, We can withdraw or deposit the ripple coin from anywhere in the world and also used for remittance network, Currency exchange and so on. Besides, we can also run own ripple server for providing strong security which will stop the intruders from hacking.

Ahead all, These are the top 10 Cryptocurrencies that are used in global market.

Bitcoin – The first Cryptocurrency which is the orgin of all.
Ether – Executes peer-to-peer ‘smart contacts’.
Litecoin – Alternative of Bitcoin which has similar features of Bitcoin.
Monero – Focused on privacy, untraceable.
Ripple – Strongly focused on banking, Real-time settlement
Dogecoin – ‘Joke currency’, used for tipping and donations

Dash – Provides privacy (Using anonymous technology) and speed.
MaidSafeCoin – SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) network, which is a security-centric data platform.
Lisk – The first modular Cryptocurrency that introduced side-chains in blockchain.
Z Cash – The Permissionless cryptocurrency which extends it’s full support to protect the privacy of transactions using the method called “Zero-knowledge cryptography”.

Before we start the installation, we need to know some basic configuration requirements for setting up ripple Server.

Requirements To Install Ripple:


<8GB Tiny For testing (Not recommended for production)
8GB Low
16GB medium
32GB huge Recommended for production servers


Recommended for production servers

For best performance in enterprise production environments, Ripple recommends running rippled on bare metal with the following characteristics:

Operating System: Ubuntu 16.04+
CPU: Intel Xeon 3+ GHz processor with 4 cores and hyperthreading enabled
Disk: SSD
For testing: 8GB+
For production: 32GB
Network: Enterprise data center network with a gigabit network interface on the host


Steps To Install Ripple Server :

Note – This section assumes that you are using Ubuntu 16.04 or later.

Install yum-utils and alien:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install yum-utils alien


Install the Ripple RPM repository:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh


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Download the rippled software package:

$ yumdownloader --enablerepo=ripple-stable --releasever=el7 rippled


Verify the signature on the rippled software package:

$ sudo rpm --import && rpm -K rippled*.rpm


Install the rippled software package:

$ sudo alien -i --scripts rippled*.rpm && rm rippled*.rpm


Configure the rippled service to start on system boot:

$ sudo systemctl enable rippled.service


Start the rippled service

$ sudo systemctl start rippled.service


Steps Required After Installation

Ripple Server might take several minutes to sync with the rest of the network, In the mean time it will throw us the required warnings for adding missing ledgers. After adding all the missing ledgers, you will have a fully functional rippled stock server which we can use for local signing and API access to XRP Ledger.

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You can use the below rippled command line to test whether the server configured properly or not:

$ /opt/ripple/bin/rippled <METHOD>

You can find the list of available methods, here rippled API reference.

Additional Configuration:

Now, Rippled should connect to the XRP Ledger with the default configuration. However, you can change your settings by editing the rippled.cfg file (located at /opt/ripple/etc/rippled.cfg when installing rippled with yum)
For more info about the configuration, you can check out the official document here,
Changes to the [debug_logfile] or [database_path] sections may require you to give the rippled user and group ownership to your new configured path:

$ chown -R rippled:rippled <configured path>

Once changes are done in config file then do remember to restart the rippled server to make sure all the changes were applied. And, you can achieve it with below command,

$ sudo service rippled restart


Update rippled on Ubuntu Manually:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh --replacepkgs
$ yumdownloader --enablerepo=ripple-stable --releasever=el7 rippled
$ rpm -K rippled*.rpm
$ sudo alien -i --scripts rippled*.rpm
$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
$ sudo service rippled restart


Server Validator:

Running a rippled validator that participates in the Consensus process is simple:

Enable validation on your rippled server

At first, your server is not a trusted validator. Others can see the validations and your server issues, but they can disregard them in the consensus process.
Share the public key with the public, especially the other rippled operators. When other rippled operators added your public key to their list of trusted servers, then you will become a trusted validator.

Best practices to become a Good Validator

Steps to add validator:

Generate a validator key pair:

$ /opt/ripple/bin/validator-keys create_keys

(Warning – Store the generated validator-keys.json key file in a secure place but use a recoverable location, such as an encrypted USB flash drive. Do not modify its contents).

Generate a validator token and edit your rippled.cfg file to add the [validator_token] value:

$ /opt/ripple/bin/validator-keys create_token --keyfile /path/to/your/validator-keys.json

If you had already configured your validator but not used validator-keystool then you must also delete the [validation_seed] from your rippled.cfg file which is located in (‘/opt/ripple/etc’). This will change your validator public key.
Finally, restart the rippled server

$ sudo service rippled restart

That’s all for the rippled server setup, now it must be running with a validator.
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Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar | Software Engineer | Blockchain Developer | Blogger | at Agira Technologies, With 2 years of experience in Web Development & strong expertise in Ruby On Rails, AngularJS, CMS he is working around diverse projects & a perfect wanderer perceiving peace in traveling.