lightning-plugin – Manage plugins with RPC


plugin command [parameter] [second_parameter]


The plugin RPC command allows to manage plugins without having to restart lightningd. It takes 1 to 3 parameters: a command (start/stop/startdir/rescan/list) which describes the action to take and optionally one or two parameters which describes the plugin on which the action has to be taken.

The start command takes a path as parameter and will load the plugin available from this path.

The stop command takes a plugin name as parameter and will kill and unload the specified plugin.

The startdir command takes a directory path as parameter and will load all plugins this directory contains.

The rescan command starts all not-already-loaded plugins from the default plugins directory (by default ~/.lightning/plugins).

The list command will return all the active plugins.


On success, this returns an array plugins of objects, one by plugin. Each object contains the name of the plugin (name field) and its status (active boolean field). Since plugins are configured asynchronously, a freshly started plugin may not appear immediately.


Antoine Poinsot <> is mainly responsible.