Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs)
Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs) describe standards, processes; or provide general guidelines or information to the Cardano Community. It is a formal, technical communication process that exists off-chain. CIPs do not represent a commitment of any form towards existing projects. Rather, they are a collection of sensible and sound solutions to common problems within the Cardano ecosystem. CIPs evolves around different statuses, driven by one or more authors:
|Draft||The idea has been formally accepted in the repository and is being worked on by its authors.|
|Proposed||A working implementation exists, as well as a clear plan highlighting what is required for this CIP to transition to "Active".|
|Active||The proposal is deemed to have met all the appropriate criteria to be considered Active.|
|On Hold||The CIP author is not currently working on this effort.|
|Obsolete||The CIP was either retired or made obsolete by a newer CIP.|
|Rejected||There is some issue with the CIP that makes it not acceptable at this point.|
It is therefore quite common for proposals and implementations to be worked on concomitantly. Even more so that a working implementation (when relevant) is a mandatory condition for reaching an
The entire process is described in greater detail in CIP1 - "CIP Process".
Reviewed Proposals (as of 2022-04-07)
💡 For more details about Statuses, refer to CIP1.
Proposals Under Review (as of 2022-03-17)
Below are listed tentative CIPs still under discussion with the community. Discussions and progress will be reviewed by CIP editors in bi-weekly meetings. Note that they are listed below for easing navigation and also, tentatively allocating numbers to avoid clashes later on.
CIP creation process as a Sequence Diagram
“Alice has a Cardano idea she'd like to build more formally…”
Extend or discuss ‘ideas’ in the Developer Forums, Cardano’s Official Developer Telegram Group or in
#developers in Cardano Ambassadors Slack.
CIP Editors meetings are public, recorded and summarized: do join and participate for discussions/PRs of significances to you.
🛈 To facilitate browsing and information sharing for non-Github users, an auto-generated site is also provided at cips.cardano.org.
- Matthias Benkort (@KtorZ)
- (Duncan Coutts (@dcoutts))
- Sebastien Guillemot (@SebastienGllmt)
- Frederic Johnson (@crptmppt)
- Robert Phair (@rphair)