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Technical Glossary

What is Ethereum?

Sablier is built on top of Ethereum, a global, open-source platform for decentralized applications. You can read more about it on their official website.

What are smart contracts?

Permission-less scripts that:

  • Run on Ethereum
  • Cannot be modified once deployed
  • Do exactly what you tell them to do

What are Arbitrum, Avalanche, BSC, Optimism, Polygon and Ronin?

These are Ethereum-like chains that can run Ethereum smart contracts. Sablier is available on all of these chains. Please refer to their associated documentation for more information:

What is ERC-20?

Acronym that stands the "Ethereum Requests for Comments" number 20. It is the most popular technical standard on Ethereum and can be used for printing a currency.

Sablier is compatible with ERC-20 tokens only, such as DAI or USDC.

What is a stream?

A real-time payment, made up of six properties:

SenderEthereum address
RecipientEthereum address
DepositTotal amount of tokens to stream
TokenERC-20 token address
Start timeThe Unix timestamp when the streaming starts
Stop timeThe Unix timestamp when the streaming stops