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chantools forceclose

Force-close the last state that is in the channel.db provided


If you are certain that a node is offline for good (AFTER you've tried SCB!) and a channel is still open, you can use this method to force-close your latest state that you have in your channel.db.


If you do this and the state that you publish is not the latest state, then the remote node could punish you by taking the whole channel amount if they come online before you can sweep the funds from the time locked (144 - 2000 blocks) transaction or they have a watch tower looking out for them.

This should absolutely be the last resort and you have been warned!

chantools forceclose [flags]


chantools forceclose \
	--fromsummary results/summary-xxxx-yyyy.json
	--channeldb ~/.lnd/data/graph/mainnet/channel.db \


      --apiurl string            API URL to use (must be esplora compatible) (default "")
      --bip39                    read a classic BIP39 seed and passphrase from the terminal instead of asking for lnd seed format or providing the --rootkey flag
      --channeldb string         lnd channel.db file to use for force-closing channels
      --fromchanneldb string     channel input is in the format of an lnd channel.db file
      --fromsummary string       channel input is in the format of chantool's channel summary; specify '-' to read from stdin
  -h, --help                     help for forceclose
      --listchannels string      channel input is in the format of lncli's listchannels format; specify '-' to read from stdin
      --pendingchannels string   channel input is in the format of lncli's pendingchannels format; specify '-' to read from stdin
      --publish                  publish force-closing TX to the chain API instead of just printing the TX
      --rootkey string           BIP32 HD root key of the wallet to use for decrypting the backup; leave empty to prompt for lnd 24 word aezeed

Options inherited from parent commands

  -r, --regtest   Indicates if regtest parameters should be used
  -t, --testnet   Indicates if testnet parameters should be used


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