What is Lisk Commander?


Lisk Commander is a command line interface tool designed to be a low entry point, coupled with being the most convenient and user-friendly tool for developers who are looking for an efficient way of coding.

Lisk Commander allows communication from the command line with a remote or local node in order to access and utilise Lisk-related functionalities.

What can be achieved with Lisk Commander?

  • Bootstrapping a blockchain application.

  • Decrypting/encrypting passphrases or messages.

  • Creating new accounts.

  • And much more…​ For further details please see the command reference.


Supported platforms: Platforms with Node.js versions 8.3 and above.


The following dependencies need to be installed to run the Lisk SDK:

Dependencies Version




Install Node.js

Node.js is supported on most operating systems. Follow the instructions for your operating system on the Node.js downloads page. Lisk Commander requires Node.js versions 8.3 or above.

NPM is automatically installed along with Node.js.

Verify Node.js installation

Confirm that Node.js and NPM have been successfully installed by executing the following command:

node --version
npm --version


To install the latest version of Lisk Commander as a global command, install the NPM package as shown below:

npm install --global lisk-commander

Upon successful completion, NPM will add the Lisk Commander executable to your PATH.


For a full list of all commands and their available options, see the Command reference

Pass arguments and options directly from the command line, as shown in the example below:

$ lisk (-v|--version|version) # returns the current version of Lisk Commander.
$ lisk [TOPIC]:[ACTION] # to run a command. Available actions depend on the command.
$ lisk [TOPIC] # displays help for a specific command.
$ lisk # displays general help and the command list.
$ lisk
A command line interface for Lisk

  lisk-commander/5.1.10 darwin-x64 node-v16.15.0

  $ lisk [COMMAND]

  account     Commands relating to Lisk accounts.
  generate    Commands relating to Lisk generator.
  message     Commands relating to user messages.
  passphrase  Commands relating to Lisk passphrases.

  autocomplete        display autocomplete installation instructions
  console             Lisk interactive REPL (Read-eval-print loop), session to run commands.
  hash-onion          Create hash onions to be used by the forger.
  help                display help for lisk
  init                Bootstrap a blockchain application using Lisk SDK.

See concrete examples on the Commands page.


To update your global installation to the latest version of Lisk Commander, simply execute the following command:

npm update --global lisk-commander