The Lightning Development Kit recently released the lightning-liquidity crate, a comprehensive toolkit for implementing the LSP specification. See John Cantrell’s post to learn how this easy-to-integrate rust library works and how the LSP spec makes the Lightning Network more accessible.
TLDR: For a user to receive a Lightning Network payment, sufficient funds must be available on the counterparty's side. This upfront liquidity requirement is not great, especially for new users. LSPs offer a solution by distributing inbound liquidity to users.
While LSPs enable more people to participate in the network, there are several problems with the current model. LSPs are not interoperable, are expensive, and are difficult to build. This leads to a fragmented ecosystem with too few LSPs, increasing centralization.
A consortium of developers recognized these challenges and came together with a mission to standardize a protocol that any wallet or LSP could adopt, fostering interoperability and competition. The LSP specification works by relying on Just-In-Time (JIT) channels.
This is just the beginning. The lightning-liquidity alpha release supports the LSPS2 specification, with plans to expand support to key areas such as Channel Request (LSPS1), Webhook Notifications (LSPS5), and the next iteration of JIT Channels (LSPS4 - Continuous JIT Channels).
For more on the "lightning-liquidity" library, the LSP specification, and how you can contribute to this transformative project, visit the specification repository ( and the lightning-liquidity GitHub repository (
I can only imagine how much better wallets are going to be as this spec continues to cook. I know we have onchain fees to contend with but if there enough LSPs competing you can imagine some subsidizing channel opens to acquire customers.