lightning-connect – Command for connecting to another lightning node

SYNOPSIS

connect id [host port]

DESCRIPTION

The connect RPC command establishes a new connection with another node in the Lightning Network.

id represents the target node’s public key. As a convenience, id may be of the form id@host or id@host:port. In this case, the host and port parameters must be omitted.

host is the peer’s hostname or IP address.

If not specified, the port defaults to 9735.

If host is not specified, the connection will be attempted to an IP belonging to id obtained through gossip with other already connected peers.

If host begins with a / it is interpreted as a local path, and the connection will be made to that local socket (see bind-addr in lightningd-config(5)).

Connecting to a node is just the first step in opening a channel with another node. Once the peer is connected a channel can be opened with lightning-fundchannel(7).

RETURN VALUE

On success the peer id is returned.

ERRORS

On failure, one of the following errors will be returned:

{ "code" : 400, "message" : "Unable to connect, no address known for peer" }

If some addresses are known but connecting to all of them failed, the message will contain details about the failures:

{ "code" : 401, "message" : "..." }

If the given parameters are wrong:

{ "code" : -32602, "message" : "..." }

AUTHOR

Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au> is mainly responsible. Felix <fixone@gmail.com> is the original author of this manpage.

SEE ALSO

lightning-fundchannel(7), lightning-listpeers(7), lightning-listchannels(7), lightning-disconnect(7)