groestlcoin / eclair   0.3.3

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A scala implementation of the Lightning Network.

Scala versions: 2.11

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Eclair (French for Lightning) is a Scala implementation of the Lightning Network.

This software follows the Lightning Network Specifications (BOLTs). Other implementations include c-lightning, lnd, electrum-grs.

Lightning Network Specification Compliance

Please see the latest release note for detailed information on BOLT compliance.


Eclair offers a feature-rich HTTP API that enables application developers to easily integrate.

For more information please visit the API documentation website.

🚨 Eclair's JSON API should NOT be accessible from the outside world (similarly to Groestlcoin Core API)


Please visit our docs and wiki to find detailed instructions on how to configure your node, connect to other nodes, open channels, send and receive payments, and more advanced scenario.

You will find detailed guides and frequently asked questions there.


Prerequisite: Groestlcoin Core

⚠️ Eclair requires Groestlcoin Core 2.20.1 or 2.21.1. (other versions of Groestlcoin Core are not actively tested - use at your own risk). If you are upgrading an existing wallet, you may need to create a new address and send all your funds to that address.

Eclair needs a synchronized, segwit-ready, zeromq-enabled, wallet-enabled, non-pruning, tx-indexing Groestlcoin Core node.

You must configure your Groestlcoin node to use bech32 (segwit) addresses. If your wallet has "non-segwit UTXOs" (outputs that are neither p2sh-segwit or bech32), you must send them to a bech32 address before running eclair.


Run groestlcoind with the following minimal groestlcoin.conf:


Depending on the actual hardware configuration, it may be useful to provide increased dbcache parameter value for faster verification and rpcworkqueue parameter value for better handling of API requests on groestlcoind side.

# UTXO database cache size, in MiB
# Number of allowed pending RPC requests (default is 16)

# How many seconds groestlcoin will wait for a complete RPC HTTP request.
# after the HTTP connection is established.

Installing Eclair

Eclair is developed in Scala, a powerful functional language that runs on the JVM, and is packaged as a ZIP archive.

To run Eclair, you first need to install Java, we recommend that you use OpenJDK 11. Other runtimes also work, but we don't recommend using them.

Then download our latest release, unzip the archive and run the following command:


You can then control your node via the eclair-cli or the API.

⚠️ Be careful when following tutorials/guides that may be outdated or incomplete. You must thoroughly read the official eclair documentation before running your own node.


Configuration file

Eclair reads its configuration file, and write its logs, to ~/.eclair by default.

To change your node's configuration, create a file named eclair.conf in ~/.eclair. Here's an example configuration file:


Here are some of the most common options:

name description default value
eclair.chain Which blockchain to use: regtest, testnet or mainnet mainnet
eclair.server.port Lightning TCP port 9735
eclair.api.enabled Enable/disable the API false. By default the API is disabled. If you want to enable it, you must set a password.
eclair.api.port API HTTP port 8080
eclair.api.password API password (BASIC) "" (must be set if the API is enabled)
eclair.bitcoind.rpcuser Groestlcoin Core RPC user foo
eclair.bitcoind.rpcpassword Groestlcoin Core RPC password bar
eclair.bitcoind.zmqblock Groestlcoin Core ZMQ block address "tcp://"
eclair.bitcoind.zmqtx Groestlcoin Core ZMQ tx address "tcp://"
eclair.bitcoind.wallet Groestlcoin Core wallet name ""

Quotes are not required unless the value contains special characters. Full syntax guide here.

→ see here for more configuration options.

Configure Groestlcoin Core wallet

Eclair will use the default loaded Groestlcoin Core wallet to fund any channels you choose to open. If you want to use a different wallet from the default one, you must set eclair.bitcoind.wallet accordingly in your eclair.conf.

⚠️ Once a wallet is configured, you must be very careful if you want to change it: changing the wallet when you have channels open may result in a loss of funds (or a complex recovery procedure).

Eclair will return GRS from closed channels to the wallet configured. Any GRS found in the wallet can be used to fund the channels you choose to open.

Java Environment Variables

Some advanced parameters can be changed with java environment variables. Most users won't need this and can skip this section.

However, if you're seeing Java heap size errors, you can try increasing the maximum memory allocated to the JVM with the -Xmx parameter.

You can for example set it to use up to 512 MB (or any value that fits the amount of RAM on your machine) with:

export JAVA_OPTS=-Xmx512m

⚠️ Using separate datadir is mandatory if you want to run several instances of eclair on the same machine. You will also have to change ports in eclair.conf (see above).

name description default value
eclair.datadir Path to the data directory ~/.eclair
eclair.printToConsole Log to stdout (in addition to eclair.log)

For example, to specify a different data directory you would run the following command:

eclair-node-<version>-<commit_id>/bin/ -Declair.datadir=/tmp/node1


Eclair uses logback for logging. To use a different configuration, and override the internal logback.xml, run:

eclair-node-<version>-<commit_id>/bin/ -Dlogback.configurationFile=/path/to/logback-custom.xml


You need to backup:

  • your groestlcoin core wallet
  • your eclair channels

For groestlcoin core, you need to backup the wallet file for the wallet that eclair is using. You only need to this once, when the wallet is created (see for more information).

For eclair, the files that you need to backup are located in your data directory. You must backup:

  • your seeds (node_seed.dat and channel_seed.dat)
  • your channel database (eclair.sqlite.bak under directory mainnet, testnet or regtest depending on which chain you're running on)

Your seeds never change once they have been created, but your channels will change whenever you receive or send payments. Eclair will create and maintain a snapshot of its database, named eclair.sqlite.bak, in your data directory, and update it when needed. This file is always consistent and safe to use even when Eclair is running, and this is what you should back up regularly.

For example, you could configure a cron task for your backup job. Or you could configure an optional notification script to be called by eclair once a new database snapshot has been created, using the following option:

eclair.file-backup.notify-script = "/absolute/path/to/"

Make sure your script is executable and uses an absolute path name for eclair.sqlite.bak.

Note that depending on your filesystem, in your backup process we recommend first moving eclair.sqlite.bak to some temporary file before copying that file to your final backup location.


A Dockerfile image is built on each commit on docker hub for running a dockerized eclair-node.

You can use the JAVA_OPTS environment variable to set arguments to eclair-node.

docker run -ti --rm -e "JAVA_OPTS=-Xmx512m -Declair.api.binding-ip= -Declair.node-alias=node-pm -Declair.printToConsole" acinq/eclair

If you want to persist the data directory, you can make the volume to your host with the -v argument, as the following example:

docker run -ti --rm -v "/path_on_host:/data" -e "JAVA_OPTS=-Declair.printToConsole" acinq/eclair

If you enabled the API you can check the status of eclair using the command line tool:

docker exec <container_name> eclair-cli -p foobar getinfo


For advanced usage, Eclair supports plugins written in Scala, Java, or any JVM-compatible language.

A valid plugin is a jar that contains an implementation of the Plugin interface, and a manifest entry for Main-Class with the FQDN of the implementation.

Here is how to run Eclair with plugins:

eclair-node-<version>-<commit_id>/bin/ <plugin1.jar> <plugin2.jar> <...>

Non-exhaustive plugins list

Here are some plugins created by the eclair community. If you need support for these plugins, head over to their respective github repository.

Testnet usage

Eclair is configured to run on mainnet by default, but you can still run it on testnet (or regtest): start your Groestlcoin Node in testnet mode (add testnet=1 in groestlcoin.conf or start with -testnet), and change Eclair's chain parameter and Groestlcoin RPC port:


You may also want to take advantage of the new configuration sections in groestlcoin.conf to manage parameters that are network specific, so you can easily run your groestlcoin node on both mainnet and testnet. For example you could use: