I would like to know if it is possible when closing a Lightning channel to specify an address to retrieve other than the default one?

Thank you in advance for the answers.

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    Are you asking if this is possible in general per the Lightning protocol, or are you asking for instructions on how to achieve this? In which case, what Lightning node software are you using? Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 20:12
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    I was wondering if it was possible in general?
    – Retro_pex
    Commented Jul 8, 2023 at 9:57

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Yes, it is possible!

In BOLT 2 you have a shutdown message that looks like this

type: 38 (shutdown)

The scriptpubkey does the trick. This is trivial.

But the really good thing that you can do with lighting is when you open a channel, you can specify the address where you want to close your channel. So, in this way, you can lose your channel key and when the counterpart force closes the channel, you can take back in a cold wallet the UTXO

You can check this feature inside the open_channel In particular in the TCV types


type: 0 (upfront_shutdown_script)

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