Full Form of RIP

Full Form of RIP

The abbreviation RIP comprises different full forms and different meanings in the English language. The three full forms of RIP are as follows:

  1. RIP: The first RIP stands for ‘rest in peace’.
  2. RIP: It stands for ‘Routing Information Protocol’.
  3. RIP or Ripping:  Ripping is also an English word that signifies the process of extracting digital contents from a container. 

In this tutorial, we will learn one by one of the three different meanings for RIP.

Full Form of RIP

R.I.P. or Rest in peace or R.I.P. is derived from a Latin word requiescat in pace which is used to wish the soul of a deceased being an eternal rest and peace.

R.I.P. is a kind of blessing, prayerful request or an expression of hope that the deceased soul is at Peace or finds Peace in the afterlife. Today, this appreciation is used by the people to mourn and bless the soul.

 R.I.P. is used in traditional Christian services and prayers and is also engraved on the top of their tombstone, following with their name. For example, R.I.P Nicola Jacob. The abbreviation R.I.P. was first introduced on gravestones in the fifth century. People believed the soul exits the body once the being is dead and that the departed body lies in the grave peacefully. Since then, it became ever-present and a ritual engraved on the tombs of Christians, Church Anglicans and Methodists in the 18th century. 

When the last breathe of life departed the corpse,

When the spirit left, and no fight is fought.

All the fragrance of life is scattered like a glove,

When no crying and mourn can bring back your loved one

Rest in Peace, my beloved son.

Slowly the expression was widely accepted by people. It became conventional as seen in poems, songs and melodies.

Full Form of RIP

“RIP or Routing Information Protocol is one of the oldest application layer protocols to route data packets by locating the hop count as a routing metric.” 

RIP is used to check the routing loops by applying a limit on the number of hops permitted in a route from source to destination. RIP supports only a limited size of networks. The total number of hops assigned to the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) is 15. It uses the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) as its transport protocol and is allocated 520 as its port number. RIP uses the timers as part of its operation. UDP segments are used to encapsulate all the RIP messages that are exchanged between routers.

This protocol applies the split horizon, hold down, and route poisoning methodologies to avoid the transmission of inaccurate routing information. However, RIP protocol is not the first choice of any engineer for routing because of its drawbacks.


It has poor time to converge and scalability, whereas the new protocols, unlike EIGRP, OSPF or IS-IS, are doing well compared to RIP. 


Routing Information Protocols are easy to configure as there is no need for any external parameters, unlike other protocols.


Routing Information Protocol has following 3 versions:

  1. RIP version 1 or RIPv1
  2. RIP version 2 or RIPv2 for IPv4
  3. RIP next generation  or RIPng for IPv6


Ripping is a process to fetch digital contents from a container (mainly CD, DVD, Blu-ray discs or any other digital media). Rip the data is different from simply copying it. This term was originally discovered to rip out music from Amiga games. Later the term got applied to extract the contents of any media.