Docker Guide

This repository has a Dockerfile in the root which builds an image with the lighthouse binary installed. A pre-built image is available on Docker Hub.

Obtaining the Docker image

There are two ways to obtain the docker image, either via Docker Hub or building the image from source. Once you have obtained the docker image via one of these methods, proceed to Using the Docker image.

Docker Hub

Lighthouse maintains the sigp/lighthouse Docker Hub repository which provides an easy way to run Lighthouse without building the image yourself.

Obtain the latest image with:

$ docker pull sigp/lighthouse

Download and test the image with:

$ docker run sigp/lighthouse lighthouse --version

If you can see the latest Lighthouse release version (see example below), then you've successfully installed Lighthouse via Docker.

Example Version Output

Lighthouse vx.x.xx-xxxxxxxxx
BLS Library: xxxx-xxxxxxx

Note: when you're running the Docker Hub image you're relying upon a pre-built binary instead of building from source.

Note: due to the Docker Hub image being compiled to work on arbitrary machines, it isn't as highly optimized as an image built from source. We're working to improve this, but for now if you want the absolute best performance, please build the image yourself.

Building the Docker Image

To build the image from source, navigate to the root of the repository and run:

$ docker build . -t lighthouse:local

The build will likely take several minutes. Once it's built, test it with:

$ docker run lighthouse:local lighthouse --help

Using the Docker image

You can run a Docker beacon node with the following command:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 -p -v $HOME/.lighthouse:/root/.lighthouse sigp/lighthouse lighthouse --testnet medalla beacon --http --http-address

To join the altona testnet, use --testnet altona instead.

The -p and -v and values are described below.


Lighthouse uses the /root/.lighthouse directory inside the Docker image to store the configuration, database and validator keys. Users will generally want to create a bind-mount volume to ensure this directory persists between docker run commands.

The following example runs a beacon node with the data directory mapped to the users home directory:

$ docker run -v $HOME/.lighthouse:/root/.lighthouse sigp/lighthouse lighthouse beacon


In order to be a good peer and serve other peers you should expose port 9000. Use the -p flag to do this:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 sigp/lighthouse lighthouse beacon

If you use the --http flag you may also want to expose the HTTP port with -p

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 -p sigp/lighthouse lighthouse beacon --http --http-address