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This package is part of ChainSafe's Lodestar project

Lodestar defines all constants and presets defined in the Ethereum Consensus spec. This can be used in conjunction with other Lodestar libraries to interact with the Ethereum consensus.


npm install @lodestar/params


The Lodestar params package contains several items used in all downstream Lodestar libraries:

  • Fork names
  • Constants
  • Presets

Fork names

Many downstream components are namespaced on fork names, or otherwise rely on knowing the fork names ahead of time. The Lodestar params package exports an enum ForkName the enumerates all known fork names.

import {ForkName} from "@lodestar/params";

// dummy data
let forkName = "phase0";

switch (forkName) {
  case ForkName.phase0:
  case ForkName.altair:
  case ForkName.bellatrix:


All constants defined in the spec are exported verbatim.

import {GENESIS_SLOT} from "@lodestar/params";


Presets are defined in the spec as "constantish" and can only be configured at build-time. These are meant to be treated as constants, and indeed are treated as constants by all downstream Lodestar libraries. The default preset is mainnet. The only other preset defined is minimal, used only in testing environments.

The active preset is exported under the ACTIVE_PRESET named export.

import {ACTIVE_PRESET, SLOTS_PER_EPOCH} from "@lodestar/params";

The preset may be set in one of two ways:

  1. by setting the LODESTAR_PRESET environment variable
  2. by executing the setActivePreset(preset: Preset) function

Important Notes:

  • Interacting with and understanding the active preset is only necessary in very limited testing environments, like for ephemeral testnets
  • The minimal preset is NOT compatible with the mainnet preset.
  • using setActivePreset may be dangerous, and only should be run once before loading any other libraries. All downstream Lodestar libraries expect the active preset to never change.
  • Preset values can be overriden by executing setActivePreset(presetName: PresetName, overrides?: Partial<BeaconPreset>) and supplying values to override.
  • The Lodestar CLI exposes setActivePreset through --presetFile flag which allows to override the active preset with custom values from file.


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