Create inbound liquidity

Pay with Lightning and receive onchain.

To create inbound liquidity (to be able to receive payments on a channel you opened) a payment can be sent to a merchant or exchange accepting Lightning and receive the product or receive the sats back on-chain.

To pay for various gift cards with lightning check out Bitrefill (referral link).

Non-custodial wallets

Run a separate LN node on your phone or desktop where you can move some funds, so remote balance/ inbound liquidity is created

  • Breez

    A mobile wallet which creates a 1 million sats incoming channel automatically, so funds can be moved over in minutes after setting up.

    Sending the funds out to a bitcoin address on-chain costs 0.5% with Boltz

  • Phoenix

    Run a Lightning Node on Android, iOS or desktop. Channels are managed manually or by the autopilot.

  • Muun Wallet

    An easy-to-use cross platform lightning wallet

Custodial wallets

Pay yourself via LN and benefit from the inbound liquidity created.

The drawback is that you don't control the keys of your custodial wallet.

Examples:

Buy incoming channels on a permissionless marketplace: https://pool.lightning.engineering/ Usage notes: pool.md

Lightning Loop is a non-custodial service offered by Lightning Labs to bridge on-chain and off-chain Bitcoin using submarine swaps.

In the current iteration of the Loop software, two swap types are supported:

  • Loop Out: off-chain to on-chain. The Loop client sends funds paid on Lightning to a Bitcoin address.

  • Loop In: on-chain to off-chain. The Loop client sends funds paid on-chain to a Lightning channel.

  • Max swap amount: 4 200 000 sats

  • Example usage for lowest cost (leads to longer confirmation time (estimation for 25 blocks) and higher failure rate (max routing fee 500 sats) - adjust the numbers accordingly): loop out --conf_target 25 --max_swap_routing_fee 500 4200000 [optional external address]

    loop out [command options] amt [addr]
    # --channel value the 8-byte compact channel ID of the channel to loop out (default: 0)
    # --addr value the optional address that the looped out funds should be sent to, if let blank the funds will go to lnd's wallet
    # --amt value the amount in satoshis to loop out (default: 0)
    # --conf_target value the number of blocks from the swap initiation height that the on-chain HTLC should be swept within (default: 6)
    # --max_swap_routing_fee value the max off-chain swap routing fee in satoshis, if let blank a default max fee will be used (default: 0)
    # --fast Indicate you want to swap immediately, paying potentially a higher fee. If not set the swap server might choose to wait up to 30 minutes before publishing the swap HTLC on-chain, to save on chain fees. Not setting this flag might result in a lower swap fee.

    https://lightning.engineering/loopapi

Pay for incoming channels.

A Lightning to onchain swap market with batched transactions. Fee: 0.5%

Post an advert and pay satoshis for incoming channels.

Boltz

Fee: 0.5% both ways

Bitfinex

A non-KYC (if not used for fiat) exchange supporting Lightning deposits (free) and withdrawals (100 sats). Withdrawal onchain costs a fixed 40000 sats. Find it's nodes at https://ln.bitfinex.com/

Lightning cryptocurrency exchange Fee: 0.5 - 1% both ways

ZigZag.io

An exchange that accepts Lightning payments. Max 4M sats Commission ~ 2%

Opens a channel for free funded with 2 000 000 satoshis. Need to have 10 channels open already to use this service. Add their node as a peer if connecting from behind Tor: $ lncli connect 03b[email protected]138.68.14.104:9735

Request inbound capacity for a small fee Recommended channel size: Between 500 000 and 16 500 000 satoshis.

Pay with Lightning for an inbound channel of up to 16 000 000 satoshis.

LNBIG.com

Buy incoming channels from https://twitter.com/lnbig_com

List of exchange services to make coin swaps LN <-> onchain & more