Interledger Dynamic Configuration Protocol (ILDCP) v1


This specification assumes the reader is familiar with the following documents:


  • A node is a participant in an Interledger network. It may be a connector, a sender or a receiver.
  • Nodes are connected to each other and the relationship between two nodes is either:
    • parent and child (one node is the parent of another node that is relatively its child), or,
    • peer and peer (two nodes are peered with one another).


Interledger is a protocol suite that consists of several protocols including the Bilateral Transfer Protocol, the Route Broadcasting Protocol and others necessary for establishment, operation and maintenance of the network. Interledger Dynamic Configuration Protocol (ILDCP) is one of these protocols.

In order to participate in the network a node must have an ILP address. This address is part of a heirarchical address space where child nodes MAY be allocated addresses within the address space of their parent node. This makes routing on the network more efficient than if all nodes had top-level addresses.

A node is therefore either configured with an address which it broadcasts to its peers or, if the node has a parent in the network hierarchy, the ILP address of the child node can be allocated to it by the parent. This is done using ILDCP.

In short, ILDCP is a protocol used for transferring node and ledger information from a parent node to a child node. The transferred information is:

  • An ILP address that the child should use for its own address
    • e.g.
  • An asset code of the asset that the two nodes will use to settle
    • e.g. XRP
  • An asset scale for amounts that will be used in ILP packets exchanged between the nodes.
    • e.g. 6

Future versions of the protocol MAY exchange additional configuration information.

Protocol Detail


An exchange of configuration information is done using the following procedure.

  1. A child node requests configuration information from the parent node
  2. The parent node responds with the configuration information to the child node
  3. If the request cannot be processed, the parent node responds with an error


The request and the response above are transferred in ILP packets.

The fulfillment of the response packet is always a zero-filled 32 byte octet string, therefore the condition is always the SHA-256 hash digest of that, i.e. the Base64 decoded value of Zmh6rfhivXdsj8GLjp+OIAiXFIVu4jOzkCpZHQ1fKSU=.

As with other bilateral protocols the packets are addressed directly to the peer using the peer. address prefix. ILDCP packets are specifically identified using the address peer.config.

All current implementations of ILDCP default to an amount of 0 in the ILP packets used to request configuration. In future, peers may agree to pay a charge for reserving an address, in which case this may become a non-zero amount indicating the amount paid by the child to reserve an address. Future version of the protocol may allow for the child to explicitly request an address which may not be restricted to being in the parent’s address-space.

The packet exchange goes as follows:

  • Request
    • The type of the ILP packet is ILP Prepare (type id: 12)
    • The amount of the ILP packet defaults to 0.
    • The expiresAt of the ILP packet is arbitrary.
    • The executionCondition of the ILP packet is Zmh6rfhivXdsj8GLjp+OIAiXFIVu4jOzkCpZHQ1fKSU= in Base64 format
    • The destination address of the ILP packet is peer.config
    • The data of the ILP packet is empty (size: 0)
  • Response
    • The type of the ILP packet is ILP Fulfill (type id: 13)
    • The fulfillment of the ILP packet is a 32-byte octet string all filled with zeros
    • The data of the ILP packet takes a specific format and is described by DynamicConfigurationResponseData in the ILDCP ASN.1 definition. It is an OER encoded SEQUENCE of
      • Variable-length octet string: An ILP address that the child should use, encoded as an ASCII string
      • Uint8: An unsigned 8-bit integer indicating the asset scale that should be used for packets exchanged with the parent
      • Variable-length octet string: An asset code, encoded as a UTF-8 string, indicating the settlement asset used between the peers
  • Error
    • The type of the ILP packet is ILP Reject (type id: 14)
    • The code of the ILP packet is an appropriate error code
    • The message of the ILP packet is an appropriate human-readable message for debugging purposes
    • The triggeredBy of the ILP packet is the ILP address of the parent node
    • The data of the ILP packet is empty (size: 0) or MAY contain further information for debugging the error.

ASN.1 Definition

The ASN.1 definition of ILP packets is described in InterledgerProtocol.asn and Dynamic Configuration Protocol data in DynamicConfigurationProtocol.asn.


All ASN.1 types are encoded using Octet Encoding Rules as is the norm with all Interledger protocols.