User guide

This guide details important information on how to use and configure Lisk Commander.


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

Pass arguments and options directly from the command line, for example:

$ lisk (-v|--version|version) # returns current version of Lisk Commander.
$ lisk [COMMAND]:[ACTION] # to run a command. Available actions depend on the command.
$ lisk [COMMAND] # displays help for a specific command.
$ lisk # displays general help and the command list.
  account      Commands relating to Lisk accounts.
  block        Commands relating to Lisk blocks.
  config       Manages Lisk Commander configuration.
  copyright    Displays copyright notice.
  delegate     Commands relating to Lisk delegates.
  help         Displays help.
  message      Commands relating to user messages.
  node         Commands relating to Lisk node.
  passphrase   Commands relating to Lisk passphrases.
  signature    Commands relating to signatures for Lisk transactions from multisignature accounts.
  transaction  Commands relating to Lisk transactions.
  warranty     Displays warranty notice.

See concrete examples on the Commands page.


Show Lisk Commander Config:

lisk config:show
    "json": true, (1)
    "api": {
        "nodes": [], (2)
        "network": "main" (3)
    "pretty": false (4)
1 Provide output as json if set to true, otherwise output is table.
2 Specify nodes to send requests.
3 Specify a default network. It can be "main", "test", "beta" or a custom nethash.
4 Pretty print JSON output if set to true.

Configure the network

lisk config:set <NETWORK>

Possible values for <NETWORK> are, test for Testnet, main for Mainnet, alpha for Alphanet and beta for Betanet.

If you did not specify specific nodes for Lisk Commander, it will connect to the pre-defined public nodes of the Lisk Mainnet or Testnet.

Configure specific nodes

Specify the node Lisk Commander shall communicate with.

If you specify more than one node, it will use the first node as default, and the other nodes as a fallback, if the first node does not respond.

lisk config:set api.nodes,

See more examples with the config command on the Commands page.

How to use a custom config file

The configuration file config.json is located in lisk-sdk/commander/src/config.json. If you would prefer to store it elsewhere, run Lisk Commander with the environmental variable LISK_COMMANDER_CONFIG_DIR set to the path of your choice.

Override config options

Some elements of this configuration can be overridden while executing a command, by using the following options:

Setting Option

Use JSON output


Use table output


Pretty print JSON


Do not pretty print JSON

--pretty false

See concrete examples on the Commands page.