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lightning-hsmtool -- Tool for working with software HSM secrets of lightningd


lightning-hsmtool method [ARGUMENTS]...


lightning-hsmtool performs various operations on the hsm_secret file used by the software HSM component of lightningd.

This can be used to encrypt and decrypt the hsm_secret file, as well as derive secrets used in channel commitments.


encrypt hsm_secret password

Encrypt the hsm_secret file so that it can only be decrypted at lightningd startup. You must give the option --encrypted-hsm to lightningd. The password of the hsm_secret file will be asked whenever you start lightningd.

decrypt hsm_secret password

Decrypt the hsm_secret file that was encrypted with the encrypt method.

dumpcommitments node_id channel_dbid depth hsm_secret [password]

Show the per-commitment secret and point of up to depth commitments, of the specified channel with the specified peer, identified by the channel database index. Specify password if the hsm_secret is encrypted.

guesstoremote p2wpkh node_id max_channel_dbid hsm_secret [password]

Brute-force the private key to our funds from a remote unilateral close of a channel, in a case where we have lost all database data except for our hsm_secret. The peer must be the one to close the channel (and the funds will remain unrecoverable until the channel is closed). max_channel_dbid is your own guess on what the channel_dbid was, or at least the maximum possible value, and is usually no greater than the number of channels that the node has ever had. Specify password if the hsm_secret is encrypted.

generatehsm hsm_secret_path Generates a new hsm_secret using BIP39.

checkhsm hsm_secret_path Checks that hsm_secret matches a BIP39 passphrase.

dumponchaindescriptors hsm_secret [password] [network] Dump output descriptors for our onchain wallet. The descriptors can be used by external services to be able to generate addresses for our onchain wallet. (for example on bitcoind using the importmulti or importdescriptors RPC calls) We need the path to the hsm_secret containing the wallet seed, and an optional (skip using "") password if it was encrypted. To generate descriptors using testnet master keys, you may specify testnet as the last parameter. By default, mainnet-encoded keys are generated.


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ZmnSCPxj <> wrote the initial version of this man page, but many others did the hard work of actually implementing lightning-hsmtool.


lightningd(8), lightningd-config(5)


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