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OT RFC Repository

OriginTrail Requests For Comments (RFCs) present system development and improvement proposals describing the network operation, protocol specifications, related APIs and relevant ecosystem components. It is a public, open for contribution repository for the OriginTrail community.

The RFCs have formerly been part of the official documentation on the OriginTrail documentation page and have moved to this repository from OT-RFC-07 on October 12th 2020 to the RFCs folder in this repository.

The RFC lifecycle

There are three stages for an RFC, easily visible in the RFC Repository Kanban.

  • DRAFT stage: the RFC is associated DRAFT status in the period of writing and collaborating on the RFC. Once the discussions are completed the RFC moves to Accepted stage

  • ACCEPTED stage: The accepted RFCs are to be implemented by the OriginTrail developers, serving as technical specification

  • FINAL stage: Once RFCs have been implemented and merged into the codebase, they are considered FINAL

The RFC rules & best practices

  • RFCs move to the “Accepted” stage by the core developers, after discussions with relevant Trace Alliance working group task forces and the community
  • A “last call” can be issued for an RFC which is close to moving out of the draft stage to notify the community to provide the final feedback (about a week before acceptance)
  • Moving the RFC to “Final” stage is performed by developers, responsible to indicate the specific client release that has implemented the RFC
  • All RFC related discussions should be directed to the dedicated RFC issues page to promote a constructive, structured and long-term debate on the RFC, avoiding less structured channels such as chat rooms and social media.


Contributors are encouraged to discuss in RFC specific issues (usually opened by the RFC author - see under issues).

Detailed contribution guidelines are TBA.

Useful links

OriginTrail website

OriginTrail documentation page

OriginTrail Discord Group

OriginTrail Telegram Group

OriginTrail Twitter


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