Ethereum takes step closer to Shanghai-Capella with deployment on Sepolia testnet

Quick Take

  • Ethereum core developers have deployed the Shanghai-Capella on the Sepolia testnet.
  • The next step for developers will be to deploy the upgrade on the Goerli testnet as a final dress rehearsal.

Ethereum developers have successfully launched the Shanghai-Capella upgrade on the Sepolia testnet, marking another step towards its mainnet release next month.

At around 4:04 a.m. UTC, Ethereum core developers triggered the upgrade at epoch 56832, which took approximately 13 minutes to finalize. The Sepolia test network is one of three testnets on which the Shanghai-Capella upgrade, also called Shapella, is being tested. Its deployment is seen as a milestone towards the upgrade's  full launch on the mainnet in March.

With today's launch, developers have successfully replicated the main feature of the Shapella upgrade — which is named Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 4895 — on Sepolia. This proposal aims to enable validator staking withdrawals on the network.

During Ethereum's transition to proof-of-stake consensus in September 2022, also known as The Merge, ETH withdrawals from validators were not enabled. Now, that is set to change.

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