Lighthouse: Ethereum 2.0
An open-source Ethereum 2.0 client, written in Rust and maintained by Sigma Prime.
- Fully open-source, licensed under Apache 2.0.
- Security-focused, fuzzing has begun and security reviews are planned for late-2019.
- Built in Rust, a modern language providing unique safety guarantees and excellent performance (comparable to C++).
- Funded by various organisations, including Sigma Prime, the Ethereum Foundation, ConsenSys and private individuals.
- Actively working to promote an inter-operable, multi-client Ethereum 2.0.
Lighthouse, like all Ethereum 2.0 clients, is a work-in-progress. Instructions are provided for running the client, however these instructions are designed for developers and researchers working on the project. We do not (yet) provide user-facing functionality.
Current development overview:
v0.8.1implemented, optimized and passing test vectors.
- Rust-native libp2p with Gossipsub and Discv5.
- Metrics via Prometheus.
- Basic gRPC API, soon to be replaced with RESTful HTTP/JSON.
- Early-September 2019:
lighthouse-0.0.1release: A stable testnet for developers with a useful HTTP API.
- September 2019: Inter-operability with other Ethereum 2.0 clients.
- October 2019: Public, multi-client testnet with user-facing functionality.
- January 2020: Production Beacon Chain testnet.
Lighthouse consists of multiple binaries:
beacon_node/: produces and verifies blocks from the P2P connected validators and the P2P network. Provides an API for external services to interact with Ethereum 2.0.
validator_client/: connects to a
beacon_nodeand performs the role of a proof-of-stake validator.
account_manager/: a stand-alone component providing key management and creation for validators.
Simple Local Testnet
Note: these instructions are intended for developers and researchers. We do not yet support end-users.
In this example we use the
account_manager to create some keys, launch two
beacon_node instances and connect a
validator_client to one. The two
beacon_nodes should stay in sync and build a Beacon Chain.
First, clone this repository, setup a development environment and navigate to the root directory of this repository.
$ cargo build --all --release and navigate to the
directory and follow the steps:
1. Generate Validator Keys
Generate 16 validator keys and store them in
$ ./account_manager -d ~/.lighthouse-validator generate_deterministic -i 0 -n 16
Note: these keys are for development only. The secret keys are deterministically generated from low integers. Assume they are public knowledge.
2. Start a Beacon Node
This node will act as the boot node and provide an API for the
$ ./beacon_node --recent-genesis --rpc
--recent-genesis defines the genesis time as either the start of the
current hour, or half-way through the current hour (whichever is most recent).
This makes it very easy to create a testnet, but does not allow nodes to
connect if they were started in separate 30-minute windows.
3. Start Another Beacon Node
In another terminal window, start another boot that will connect to the running node.
The running node will display it's ENR as a base64 string. This ENR, by default, has a target address of
127.0.0.1 meaning that any new node will connect to this node via
127.0.0.1. If a boot node should be connected to on a different address, it should be run with the
--discovery-address CLI flag to specify how other nodes may connect to it.
$ ./beacon_node -r --boot-nodes <boot-node-ENR> --listen-address 127.0.0.1 --port 9001 --datadir /tmp/.lighthouse
Here is the ENR string displayed in the terminal from the first node. The ENR can also be obtained from it's default directory
--datadir flag tells this Beacon Node to store it's files in a different
directory. If you're on a system that doesn't have a
/tmp dir (e.g., Mac,
Windows), substitute this with any directory that has write access.
Note that all future created nodes can use the same boot-node ENR. Once connected to the boot node, all nodes should discover and connect with each other.
4. Start a Validator Client
In a third terminal window, start a validator client:
You should be able to observe the validator signing blocks, the boot node processing these blocks and publishing them to the other node. If you have issues, try restarting the beacon nodes to ensure they have the same genesis time. Alternatively, raise an issue and include your terminal output.
- About Lighthouse: Goals, Ideology and Ethos surrounding this implementation.
- What is Ethereum Serenity: an introduction to Ethereum Serenity.
- Lighthouse Technical Documentation: The Rust generated documentation, updated regularly.
beacon_node/: the "Beacon Node" binary and crates exclusively associated with it.
docs/: documentation related to the repository. This includes contributor guides, etc. (It does not include code documentation, which can be produced with
eth2/: Crates containing common logic across the Lighthouse project. For example: Ethereum 2.0 types (
BeaconState, etc) and SimpleSerialize (SSZ).
protos/: protobuf/gRPC definitions that are common across the Lighthouse project.
validator_client/: the "Validator Client" binary and crates exclusively associated with it.
tests/: code specific to testing, most notably contains the Ethereum Foundation test vectors.
Lighthouse welcomes contributors.
If you are looking to contribute, please head to our onboarding documentation.
If you support the cause, we accept donations to help fund development: