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lightning-datastore -- Command for storing (plugin) data


datastore key [string] [hex] [mode] [generation]


The datastore RPC command allows plugins to store data in the Core Lightning database, for later retrieval.

key is an array of values (though a single value is treated as a one-element array), to form a hierarchy. Using the first element of the key as the plugin name (e.g. [ "summary" ]) is recommended. A key can either have children or a value, never both: parents are created and removed automatically.

mode is one of "must-create" (default, fails if it already exists), "must-replace" (fails if it doesn't already exist), "create-or-replace" (never fails), "must-append" (must already exist, append this to what's already there) or "create-or-append" (append if anything is there, otherwise create).

generation, if specified, means that the update will fail if the previously-existing data is not exactly that generation. This allows for simple atomicity. This is only legal with mode "must-replace" or "must-append".


On success, an object is returned, containing:

  • key (array of strings):
  • Part of the key added to the datastore
  • generation (u64, optional): The number of times this has been updated
  • hex (hex, optional): The hex data which has been added to the datastore
  • string (string, optional): The data as a string, if it's valid utf-8

The following error codes may occur: - 1202: The key already exists (and mode said it must not) - 1203: The key does not exist (and mode said it must) - 1204: The generation was wrong (and generation was specified) - 1205: The key has children already. - 1206: One of the parents already exists with a value. - -32602: invalid parameters


Rusty Russell <> is mainly responsible.


lightning-listdatastore(7), lightning-deldatastore(7)


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