Most lightning implementations I came across don't officially support pruned full node.

  • Why is pruned mode implementation a challenge?
  • What risk am I taking when I run lnd with pruned bitcoind?
  • lnd v0.13.0-beta now supports a pruned bitcoind backend
    – user112185
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 13:49

1 Answer 1


Pruned nodes don't have the ability to make a full index of all transactions in the chain, which makes implementation of tools like Lightning difficult or impossible. There's no risk particularly, a pruned node has the same security properties as a normal one, it just doesn't have historical transaction data necessarily.

  • 3
    There is no reason that lightning should need access to a non-pruned node, and AFAIK c-lightning doesn't. Regardless, any requirement for non-pruning is an implementation specific limitation.
    – G. Maxwell
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 2:27
  • "Notice that currently pruned nodes are not supported and may result in lightningd being unable to synchronize with the blockchain." from c-lightning README.
    – sanket1729
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 2:58
  • I was to mark this as accepted, but this has a downvote; I will wait for corrections.
    – sanket1729
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 4:35
  • 1
    c-lightning technically works with pruned nodes, the problem however is that if the node prunes the blocks before c-lightning was able to process them (for example by letting bitcoind run and lightningd is off for a long time), then c-lightning will not be able to catch up with the blockchain. If you can ensure that c-lightning is also running together with bitcoind, I see no problem with it and we have a number of users that are running it like this
    – cdecker
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 11:44
  • 1
    Not exactly, lightningd will start syncing at the height that bitcoind is at the time of the first start (it'll not go back to the genesis block). It is only problematic if bitcoind is also syncing (since it'll outrun lightningd which will eventually end up in the pruned section of the blockchain) or ir lightningd is offline while bitcoind is making progress (also leaving lightningd in the pruned section and unable to catch up).
    – cdecker
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 10:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.