On and off-ramps
Stellar anchors have long been crucial to the accessibility of the Stellar network. Anchors provide offerings including on and off-ramps, crypto- and fiat-backed digital assets, and cross-border payments on Stellar. In collaboration with digital wallets, these anchors build on Stellar to establish a global payment system that's efficient, accessible, and compliant. Critically, many anchors use Stellar’s interoperable standards to make it easier to work together.
For newcomers to Stellar, the Anchor Directory centralizes the list of anchors on the Stellar network in an easy-to-use catalog, with filters showing what standards and assets are supported by each anchor. Today, we’re excited to announce the latest changes to the directory that make it even more seamless to find and contact potential new partners building on Stellar!
The Anchor Directory provides a one-stop shop for both wallets and anchors to find complementary anchors to connect to on Stellar. Ideally, cross-border payments companies, money transmitters, banks, fintechs, and digital wallets can leverage the directory to quickly filter for companies that meet their business needs and reach out to connect.
These connections can be made between two anchors or between anchors and wallets. For example, send and receive side cross-border payments anchors can work together to build a new payments corridor between their respective jurisdictions of operation. Or, a wallet can integrate on and off-ramps or digital assets from a variety of anchors, to introduce new payment solutions to the wallet’s end users.
Before we dive into how to use the directory, let’s take a moment to review the latest updates. When you arrive on the page, you’ll find a few new fields on the left side menu panel and within each anchor tile:
Now that we have the latest updates out of the way, allow me to walk you through how to use the directory with examples for both anchors and wallets:
You’re a money transmitter based in the US providing send-side cross-border payments services on Stellar. You’re interested in finding a receive-side anchor in Mexico:
You’re a wallet looking to provide a new fiat-to-crypto on and off-ramps for users in Brazil:
And there you have it, a straightforward path to finding compatible anchors in four steps!
Now that you understand how to use the Anchor Directory, you’re ready to start exploring the network of available anchors on Stellar. Reach out, connect, and start building solutions that expand your product offerings and enable new use cases for your end users.
Please remember, this directory is not comprehensive – since Stellar is a permissionless network, we recommend checking block explorers like stellar.expert to see the most comprehensive list of issuers and assets on Stellar.
To learn more about anchors on Stellar, visit the resources below.
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