I'm trying to automate launching multiple LND instances with a Python script. I've been trying to use lnd_grpc but can't get it to work. I created an issue in the LND repository and was pointed towards https://api.lightning.community/. This website does have plenty of documentation and examples, but I can quite get the relationship between lnd_grpc (which I've been using) and rpc_pb2_grpc (which is used throughout the documentation).

For instance, initializing a new wallet (as per official docs) in lnd_grpc is:

lnd_rpc = lnd_grpc.Client()

which is different from that in rpc_pb2_grpc.

Are these libraries (is this a proper word?) compatible? Should I switch from lnd_grpc to rpc_pb2_grpc?

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rpc_pb2_grpc is an official lnd API. This is a low-level interface that supports essentially all the same calls you can make through lncli. If you decide to use this one - I can suggest you start with this official tutorial.

lnd_grpc is a third-party wrapper on top of rpc_pb2_grpc, which introducing additional level of abstraction and hides some things from the user (such as handling protocol buffer messages and stubs). It is easier to use for most of the cases, but it is not official and it is less flexible than rpc_pb2_grpc.

Naturally, if you use the latter library - you should open issues in their GitHub, since they are not affiliated with the lnd devs.

Regardless of what you use - I think the error you are getting is related to the fact that you start lnd with the --no-macaroons option.

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