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To apply, click the link to the application form for the onboarding for which you wish to be considered.


Stay up to date on Onboarding Announcements

Check out our Operator Onboarding History! Learn about about previous onboardings, such as how many node operators are on the networks Lido supports, and who joined when.

Lido Node Operator Requirements

Although there is no one list of requirements for being a Lido Node Operator (NO), it’s possible that being a Lido NO on certain chains has preconditions, or that certain characteristics of NOs are prioritized when Lido is assessing potential applicants. For specifics on how we try to optimize for the best operator set possible, including at a per-network level, you can refer to our Operator Set Strategy. In general, we always look for Operators who exhibit:


Good Performance

We expect our Node Operators to perform well in order to provide stAsset holders competitive returns.


Robustness and Resilience

Node Operators should be operating diversified hardware and software infrastructure and plan for adverse events. Risk management, business continuity planning, and especially proper processes around things like key management are of paramount importance.


Ethos Alignment

Node Operators should be aligned with the ethos and values of the underlying network(s), including by giving back to the greater staking ecosystem and the networks that they operate on.

Lido Operator Set Types

Permissioned / Curated

Lido conducts periodic onboardings facilitated by the Lido Node Operator Subgovernance Group (LNOSG), where potential NOs are invited to apply during an open application process, are evaluated by the LNOSG, and approved for addition to the operator set by the DAO.

This approach is currently used on: Lido on Ethereum, Lido on Solana, Lido on Polygon.

Permissionless (open entry / exit)

Node Operators can join and leave the Lido operator set at any time on their own.

Currently none of the Lido on X protocols use this approach.

Permissionless (algorithmic)

Lido employs an algorithm (could be on/off chain or a mix of both) to filter the list of all active validators on a network based on desired criteria. Stake is then allocated across these validators based on a further set of criteria.

This approach is currently used on: Lido on Kusama, Lido on Polkadot.


A mixed approach using the previously listed types can be employed for sub-sets of the a Lido operator set on a network. For example, 30% could be permissioned / curated, and 40% permissionless (algorithmic), and 30% permissionless (open).

Currently none of the Lido on X protocols use this approach.

Lido Onboarding Processes

Interested in learning more about the Lido onboarding process? Our guides below discuss relevant information to prospective node operators including ongoing expectations and the nuances of how Lido operates across networks.


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