A guide to the Lido V2 Mainnet upgrade

Chorus One
Chorus One
May 25, 2023
5 min read
May 25, 2023
5 min read

Lido has been at the forefront of Ethereum staking, offering a secure and efficient platform for users to stake their ETH and earn rewards. With the Lido V2 mainnet upgrade, the protocol takes a major step forward, addressing key challenges and paving the way for a more robust and decentralized ecosystem.

We’ve distilled everything you need to know about the upgrade - and why it’s so significant in the ETH staking ecosystem.

Lido V2 brings two vital components to the Lido protocol: withdrawals and the staking router.

  1. Withdrawals: Ethereum stakers on Lido can now easily convert and exit their stETH tokens back to ETH at a 1:1 ratio. This feature achieves a crucial milestone by providing an open on/off ramp into the Ethereum staking ecosystem. Users can unstake their ETH directly through the protocol, streamlining the process and making it more user-friendly.
  2. Staking Router: The new modular architectural design of the staking router allows for the inclusion of various types of Node Operators. This ranges from individual stakers to DAOs and Distributed Validator Technology (DVT) clusters. The staking router promotes a diverse and inclusive validator ecosystem, expanding opportunities for participation and further decentralization.


  • Enhanced User Experience: By introducing in-protocol ETH withdrawals, Lido V2 simplifies the staking process, providing users with more flexibility and control over their assets.
  • Protocol Decentralization: The staking router enables the inclusion of a broader range of Node Operators, fostering a more diverse validator ecosystem. This decentralization is essential for the long-term sustainability and security of the Ethereum network.

Impact on Ethereum Staking

The Lido V2 upgrade positively impacts the Ethereum staking landscape:

  • Increased Exposure: With the ability to unstake ETH through Lido, users have a seamless on/off ramp to participate in Ethereum staking, enhancing overall exposure to this growing ecosystem.
  • Streamlined Integration: The modular design of the staking router opens doors for various types of Node Operators, encouraging wider participation and creating opportunities for new stakeholders.

Following the successful on-chain vote and the launch of Lido V2 on the Ethereum mainnet, the market responded with enthusiasm. Following the announcement, the Lido DAO token (LDO) experienced a 10% price rally , reflecting the market's recognition of the significance of the upgrade and its potential impact on Ethereum staking.

Lido’s V2 mainnet marks a significant milestone for the Lido protocol and Ethereum staking as a whole. With the introduction of in-protocol ETH withdrawals and the innovative staking router, it empowers users, promotes decentralization, and strengthens the overall Ethereum ecosystem. As institutional interest in staking continues to grow, Lido's advancements align perfectly with this trend.

For more insights on the exponential growth of institutional interest in staking and Ethereum, check out our recent blog:

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Chorus One is one of the biggest institutional staking providers globally operating infrastructure for 40+ Proof-of-Stake networks including Ethereum, Cosmos, Solana, Avalanche, and Near amongst others. Since 2018, we have been at the forefront of the PoS industry and now offer easy enterprise-grade staking solutions, industry-leading research, and also invest in some of the most cutting-edge protocols through Chorus Ventures. We are a team of over 50 passionate individuals spread throughout the globe who believe in the transformative power of blockchain technology.

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