Swap Fees

Swap Fees #

As I mentioned in the introduction, swap fees is a core mechanism of Uniswap. Liquidity providers need to get paid for the liquidity they provide, otherwise they’ll just use it somewhere else. To incentivize them, trades pay a small fee during each swap. These fees then distributed among all liquidity providers pro rata (proportionally to their share in total pool liquidity).

To better understand the mechanism of fees collection and distribution, let’s see how they work.

How Swap Fees are Collected #

Liquidity ranges and fees

Swap fees are collected only when a price range is engaged (used in trades). So we need to track the moments when price range boundaries get crossed. This is when a price range gets engaged and this is when we want to start collecting fees for it:

  1. when price is increasing and a tick is crossed from left to right;
  2. when price is decreasing and a tick is crossed from right to left.

This is when a price range gets disengaged:

  1. when price is increasing and a tick is crossed from right to left;
  2. when price is decreasing and a tick is crossed from left to right.

Liquidity range engaged/disengaged

Besides knowing when a price range gets engaged/disengaged, we also want to keep track of how much fees each price range accumulated.

To make fees accounting simpler, Uniswap V3 tracks the global fees generated by 1 unit of liquidity. Price range fees are then calculated based on the global ones: fees accumulated outside of a price range are subtracted from the global fees. Fees accumulated outside of a price range are tracked when a tick is crossed (and ticks are crossed when swaps move the price; fees are collected during swaps). With this approach, we don’t need to update fees accumulated by each position on every swap–this allows to save a lot of gas and make interaction with pools cheaper.

Let’s recap so we have a clear picture before moving on:

  1. Fees are paid by users who swap tokens. A small amount is subtracted from input token and accumulated on pool’s balance.
  2. Each pool has feeGrowthGlobal0X128 and feeGrowthGlobal1X128 state variables that track total accumulated fees per unit of liquidity (that is, fee amount divided by pool’s liquidity).
  3. Notice that at this point actual positions are not updated to optimize gas usage.
  4. Ticks keep record of fees accumulated outside of them. When adding a new position and activating a tick (adding liquidity to a previously empty tick), the tick records how much fees were accumulated outside of it (by convention, we assume all fees were accumulated below the tick).
  5. Whenever a tick is activated, fees accumulated outside of the tick are updated as the difference between global fees accumulated outside of the tick and the fees accumulated outside of the tick since the last time it was crossed.
  6. Having ticks that know how much fees were accumulated outside of them will allow us to calculated how much fees were accumulated inside of a position (position is a range between two ticks).
  7. Knowing how much fees were accumulated inside a position will allow us to calculate the shares of fees liquidity providers are eligible for. If a position wasn’t involved in swapping, it’ll have zero fees accumulated inside of it and the liquidity providers who provided liquidity into this range will have no profits from it.

Now, let’s see how to calculate fees accumulated by a position (step 6).

Calculating Position Accumulated Fees #

To calculated total fees accumulated by a position, we need to consider two cases: when current price is inside the position and when it’s outside of the position. In both cases, we subtract fees collected outside of the lower and the upper ticks of the position from fees collected globally. However, we calculate those fees differently depending on current price.

When current price is inside the position, we subtract the fees that have been collected outside of ticks by this moment:

Fees accrued inside and outside of a price range

When current price is outside of the position, we need to update fees collected by either upper or lower ticks before subtracting them from fees collecting globally. We update them only for the calculations and don’t overwrite them in ticks because the ticks don’t get crossed.

This is how we update fees collected outside of a tick:

$$f_{o}(i) = f_{g} - f_{o}(i)$$

Fees collected outside of a tick ($f_{o}(i)$) is the difference between fees collected globally ($f_{g}$) and fees collected outside of the tick when it crossed last time. We kind of reset the counter when a tick is crossed.

To calculate fees collected inside a position:

$$f_{r} = f_{g} - f_{b}(i_{l}) - f_{a}(i_{u})$$

We subtract fees collected below its lower tick ($f_{b}(i_{l})$) and above its upper tick ($f_{a}(i_{u})$) from fees collected globally from all price ranges ($f_{g}$). This is what we saw on the illustration above.

Now, when current price is above the lower tick (i.e. the position is engaged), we don’t need to update fees accumulated below the lower tick and can simply take them from the lower tick. The same is true for fees collected outside of the upper tick when current price is below upper tick. In the two other cases, we need to consider updated fees:

  1. when taking fees collected below the lower tick and current price is also below the tick (the lower tick hasn’t been crossed recently).
  2. when taking fees above the upper tick and current price is also above the tick (the upper tick hasn’t been crossed recently).

I hope this all is not too confusing. Luckily, we now know everything to start coding!

Accruing Swap Fees #

To keep it simple, we’ll add fees to our codebase step by step. And we’ll begin with accruing swap fees.

Adding Required State Variables #

First thing we need to do is to add the fee amount parameter to Pool–every pool will have a fixed and immutable fee configured during deployment. In the previous chapter, we added Factory contract that unified and simplified pools deployment. One of the required pool parameters was tick spacing. Now, we’re going to replace it with fee amount and we’ll tie fee amounts to tick spacing: the bigger the fee amount, the larger the tick spacing. This is so that low volatility pools (stablecoin ones) have lower fees.

Let’s update Factory:

// src/UniswapV3Factory.sol
contract UniswapV3Factory is IUniswapV3PoolDeployer {
    mapping(uint24 => uint24) public fees; // `tickSpacings` replaced by `fees`

    constructor() {
        fees[500] = 10;
        fees[3000] = 60;

    function createPool(
        address tokenX,
        address tokenY,
        uint24 fee
    ) public returns (address pool) {
        parameters = PoolParameters({
            factory: address(this),
            token0: tokenX,
            token1: tokenY,
            tickSpacing: fees[fee],
            fee: fee

Fee amounts are hundredths of the basis point. That is, 1 fee unit is 0.0001%, 500 is 0.05%, and 3000 is 0.3%.

Next step is to start accumulating fees in Pool. For that, we’ll add two global fee accumulator variables:

// src/UniswapV3Pool.sol
contract UniswapV3Pool is IUniswapV3Pool {
    uint24 public immutable fee;
    uint256 public feeGrowthGlobal0X128;
    uint256 public feeGrowthGlobal1X128;

The one with index 0 tracks fees accumulated in token0, the one with index 1 tracks fees accumulated in token1.

Collecting Fees #

Now we need to update SwapMath.computeSwapStep–this is where we calculate swap amounts and this is also where we’ll calculate and subtract swap fees. In the function, we replace all occurrences of amountRemaining with amountRemainingLessFee:

uint256 amountRemainingLessFee = PRBMath.mulDiv(
    1e6 - fee,

Thus, we subtract the fee from input token amount and calculate output amount from a smaller input amount.

The function now also returns the fee amount collected during the step–it’s calculated differently depending on whether the upper limit of the range was reached or not:

bool max = sqrtPriceNextX96 == sqrtPriceTargetX96;
if (!max) {
    feeAmount = amountRemaining - amountIn;
} else {
    feeAmount = Math.mulDivRoundingUp(amountIn, fee, 1e6 - fee);

When it’s not reached, the current price range has enough liquidity to fulfill the swap, thus we simply return the difference between the amount we needed to fulfill and the actual amount fulfilled. Notice that amountRemainingLessFee is not involved here since the actual final amount was calculated in amountIn (it’s calculated based on available liquidity).

When the target price is reached, we cannot subtract fees from the entire amountRemaining because the current price range doesn’t have enough liquidity to fulfill the swap. Thus, fee amount is subtracted from the amount the current price range has fulfilled (amountIn).

After SwapMath.computeSwapStep has returned, we need to update fees accumulated by the swap. Notice that there’s only one variable to track them because, when staring a swap, we already know the input token (during a swap, fees are collected in either token0 or token1, not both of them):

SwapState memory state = SwapState({
    feeGrowthGlobalX128: zeroForOne
        ? feeGrowthGlobal0X128
        : feeGrowthGlobal1X128

(...) = SwapMath.computeSwapStep(...);

state.feeGrowthGlobalX128 += PRBMath.mulDiv(

This is where we adjust accrued fees by the amount of liquidity to later distribute fees among liquidity providers in a fair way.

Updating Fee Trackers in Ticks #

Next, we need to update the fee trackers in a tick, if it was crossed during a swap (crossing a tick means we’re entering a new price range):

if (state.sqrtPriceX96 == step.sqrtPriceNextX96) {
    int128 liquidityDelta = ticks.cross(
                ? state.feeGrowthGlobalX128
                : feeGrowthGlobal0X128
                ? feeGrowthGlobal1X128
                : state.feeGrowthGlobalX128

Since we haven’t yet updated feeGrowthGlobal0X128/feeGrowthGlobal1X128 state variables at this moment, we pass state.feeGrowthGlobalX128 as either of the fee parameters depending on swap direction. cross function updates the fee trackers as we discussed above:

// src/lib/Tick.sol
function cross(
    mapping(int24 => Tick.Info) storage self,
    int24 tick,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal0X128,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal1X128
) internal returns (int128 liquidityDelta) {
    Tick.Info storage info = self[tick];
    info.feeGrowthOutside0X128 =
        feeGrowthGlobal0X128 -
    info.feeGrowthOutside1X128 =
        feeGrowthGlobal1X128 -
    liquidityDelta = info.liquidityNet;

We haven’t added the initialization of feeGrowthOutside0X128/feeGrowthOutside1X128 variables–we’ll do this in a later step.

Updating Global Fee Trackers #

And, finally, after the swap is fulfilled, we can update the global fee trackers:

if (zeroForOne) {
    feeGrowthGlobal0X128 = state.feeGrowthGlobalX128;
} else {
    feeGrowthGlobal1X128 = state.feeGrowthGlobalX128;

Again, during a swap, only one of them is updated because fees are taken from the input token, which is either of token0 or token1 depending on swap direction.

That’s it for swapping! Let’s now see what happens to fees when liquidity is added.

Fee Tracking in Positions Management #

When adding or removing liquidity (we haven’t implemented the latter yet), we also need to initialize or update fees. Fees need to be tracked both in ticks (fees accumulated outside of ticks–the feeGrowthOutside variables we added just now) and positions (fees accumulated inside of positions). In case of positions, we also need to keep track of and update the amounts of tokens collected as fees–or in other words, we convert fees per liquidity to token amounts. The latter is needed so that when a liquidity provider removes liquidity, they get extra tokens collected as swap fees.

Let’s do it step by step again.

Initialization of Fee Trackers in Ticks #

In Tick.update function, whenever a tick is initialized (adding liquidity to a previously empty tick), we initialize its fee trackers. However, we’re only doing so when the tick is below current price, i.e. when it’s inside of the current price range:

// src/lib/Tick.sol
function update(
    mapping(int24 => Tick.Info) storage self,
    int24 tick,
    int24 currentTick,
    int128 liquidityDelta,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal0X128,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal1X128,
    bool upper
) internal returns (bool flipped) {
    if (liquidityBefore == 0) {
        // by convention, assume that all previous fees were collected below
        // the tick
        if (tick <= currentTick) {
            tickInfo.feeGrowthOutside0X128 = feeGrowthGlobal0X128;
            tickInfo.feeGrowthOutside1X128 = feeGrowthGlobal1X128;

        tickInfo.initialized = true;

If it’s not inside of the current price range, its fee trackers will be 0 and they’ll be update when the tick is crossed next time (see the cross function we updated above).

Updating Position Fees and Token Amounts #

Next step is to calculate the fees and tokens accumulated by a position. Since a position is a range between two ticks, we’ll calculate these values using the fee trackers we added to ticks on the previous step. The next function might look messy, but it implements the exact price range fee formulas we saw earlier:

// src/lib/Tick.sol
function getFeeGrowthInside(
    mapping(int24 => Tick.Info) storage self,
    int24 lowerTick_,
    int24 upperTick_,
    int24 currentTick,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal0X128,
    uint256 feeGrowthGlobal1X128
    returns (uint256 feeGrowthInside0X128, uint256 feeGrowthInside1X128)
    Tick.Info storage lowerTick = self[lowerTick_];
    Tick.Info storage upperTick = self[upperTick_];

    uint256 feeGrowthBelow0X128;
    uint256 feeGrowthBelow1X128;
    if (currentTick >= lowerTick_) {
        feeGrowthBelow0X128 = lowerTick.feeGrowthOutside0X128;
        feeGrowthBelow1X128 = lowerTick.feeGrowthOutside1X128;
    } else {
        feeGrowthBelow0X128 =
            feeGrowthGlobal0X128 -
        feeGrowthBelow1X128 =
            feeGrowthGlobal1X128 -

    uint256 feeGrowthAbove0X128;
    uint256 feeGrowthAbove1X128;
    if (currentTick < upperTick_) {
        feeGrowthAbove0X128 = upperTick.feeGrowthOutside0X128;
        feeGrowthAbove1X128 = upperTick.feeGrowthOutside1X128;
    } else {
        feeGrowthAbove0X128 =
            feeGrowthGlobal0X128 -
        feeGrowthAbove1X128 =
            feeGrowthGlobal1X128 -

    feeGrowthInside0X128 =
        feeGrowthGlobal0X128 -
        feeGrowthBelow0X128 -
    feeGrowthInside1X128 =
        feeGrowthGlobal1X128 -
        feeGrowthBelow1X128 -

Here, we’re calculating fees accumulated between two ticks (inside a price range). For this, we first calculate fees accumulated below the lower tick and then fees calculated above the upper tick. In the end, we subtract those fees from the globally accumulated ones. This is the formula we saw earlier:

$$f_{r} = f_{g} - f_{b}(i_{l}) - f_{a}(i_{u})$$

When calculating fees collected above and below a tick, we do it differently depending on whether the price range is engaged or not (whether the current price is between the boundary ticks of the price range). When it’s engaged we simply use the current fee trackers of a tick; when it’s not engaged we need to take updated fee trackers of a tick–you can see these calculations in the two else branches in the code above.

After finding the fees accumulated inside of a position, we’re ready to update fee and token amount trackers of the position:

// src/lib/Position.sol
function update(
    Info storage self,
    int128 liquidityDelta,
    uint256 feeGrowthInside0X128,
    uint256 feeGrowthInside1X128
) internal {
    uint128 tokensOwed0 = uint128(
            feeGrowthInside0X128 - self.feeGrowthInside0LastX128,
    uint128 tokensOwed1 = uint128(
            feeGrowthInside1X128 - self.feeGrowthInside1LastX128,

    self.liquidity = LiquidityMath.addLiquidity(
    self.feeGrowthInside0LastX128 = feeGrowthInside0X128;
    self.feeGrowthInside1LastX128 = feeGrowthInside1X128;

    if (tokensOwed0 > 0 || tokensOwed1 > 0) {
        self.tokensOwed0 += tokensOwed0;
        self.tokensOwed1 += tokensOwed1;

When calculating owed tokens, we multiply fees accumulated by the position by liquidity–the reverse of what we did during swapping. In the end, we update the fee trackers and add the token amounts to the previously tracked ones.

Now, whenever a position is modified (during addition or removal of liquidity), we calculate fees collected by a position and update the position:

// src/UniswapV3Pool.sol
function mint(...) {
    bool flippedLower = ticks.update(params.lowerTick, ...);
    bool flippedUpper = ticks.update(params.upperTick, ...);
    (uint256 feeGrowthInside0X128, uint256 feeGrowthInside1X128) = ticks


Removing Liquidity #

We’re now ready to add the only core feature we haven’t implemented yet–removal of liquidity. As opposed to minting, we’ll call this function burn. This is the function that will let liquidity providers remove a fraction or whole liquidity from a position they previously added liquidity to. In addition to that, it’ll also calculate the fee tokens liquidity providers are eligible for. However, actual transferring of tokens will be done in a separate function–collect.

Burning Liquidity #

Burning liquidity is opposed to minting. Our current design and implementation makes it a hassle-free task: burning liquidity is simply minting with the negative sign. It’s like adding a negative amount of liquidity.

To implement burn, I needed to refactor the code and extract everything related to position management (updating ticks and position, and token amounts calculation) into _modifyPosition function, which is used by both mint and burn function.

function burn(
    int24 lowerTick,
    int24 upperTick,
    uint128 amount
) public returns (uint256 amount0, uint256 amount1) {
        Position.Info storage position,
        int256 amount0Int,
        int256 amount1Int
    ) = _modifyPosition(
                owner: msg.sender,
                lowerTick: lowerTick,
                upperTick: upperTick,
                liquidityDelta: -(int128(amount))

    amount0 = uint256(-amount0Int);
    amount1 = uint256(-amount1Int);

    if (amount0 > 0 || amount1 > 0) {
        (position.tokensOwed0, position.tokensOwed1) = (
            position.tokensOwed0 + uint128(amount0),
            position.tokensOwed1 + uint128(amount1)

    emit Burn(msg.sender, lowerTick, upperTick, amount, amount0, amount1);

In burn function, we first update a position and remove some amount of liquidity from it. Then, we update the token amount owed by the position–they now include amounts accumulated via fees as well as amounts that were previously provided as liquidity. We can also see this as conversion of position liquidity into token amounts owed by the position– these amounts won’t be used as liquidity anymore and can be freely redeemed by calling the collect function:

function collect(
    address recipient,
    int24 lowerTick,
    int24 upperTick,
    uint128 amount0Requested,
    uint128 amount1Requested
) public returns (uint128 amount0, uint128 amount1) {
    Position.Info storage position = positions.get(

    amount0 = amount0Requested > position.tokensOwed0
        ? position.tokensOwed0
        : amount0Requested;
    amount1 = amount1Requested > position.tokensOwed1
        ? position.tokensOwed1
        : amount1Requested;

    if (amount0 > 0) {
        position.tokensOwed0 -= amount0;
        IERC20(token0).transfer(recipient, amount0);

    if (amount1 > 0) {
        position.tokensOwed1 -= amount1;
        IERC20(token1).transfer(recipient, amount1);

    emit Collect(

This function simply transfers tokens from a pool and ensures that only valid amounts can be transferred (one cannot transfer out more than they burned + fees they earned).

There’s also a way to collect fees only without burning liquidity: burn 0 amount of liquidity and then call collect. During burning, the position will be updated and token amounts it owes will be updated as well.

And, that’s it! Our pool implementation is complete now!

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