Send messages with keysend
Learn how to send messages to anyone in the Lightning Network from the command line
Keysend allows users in the Lightning network to send payments to others , directly to their public key, as long as their node has public channels and has keysend enabled. Keysend does not require the payee to issue an invoice.
This payment type can also be used to attach messages and other data.
Keysend is currently implemented in LND in two ways, the widely accepted “--keysend” and the newer “--amp

Enable your node to receive keysend

To make sure you are able to receive spontaneous payments, add the following lines to your lnd.conf file:
Then restart your node with lncli stop and lnd.
If you want to accept spontaneous payments using AMP, you may also create an invoice with routing hints and distribute it to prospective payers. You can use the command:
lncli addinvoice –amp
You can optionally also specify an amount (--amt), expiry (--expiry), a memo (--memo) routing hints are needed if your node only has private channels (--private).

Send a spontaneous payment

To send a spontaneous payment, you can craft a command like this:
lncli sendpayment --dest <destination public key> --amt <amount> --keysend
or using AMP (recommended):
lncli sendpayment --dest <destination public key> --amt <amount> --amp

Paying AMP invoices

If the payee has a private node without public channels, they can create an AMP invoice and include routing hints as explained above. The payer can then pay this invoice with the command:
lncli payinvoice <invoice>
If an amount is not set in the invoice, it can be set by the payer with
lncli payinvoice <invoice> –amt <amount>

Send a message to other nodes

You can include messages into your spontaneous payments with the –data flag. It must follow the convention <record_id>=<hex_value>,<record_id>=<hex_value>,..
Messages are typically sent with the record ID 34349334. You can find a registry for such records here. You may also submit your own suggestions.
You can encode any data in hex, either using your favorite command line or web tool.
The phrase “Happy Genesis Block Day!” becomes 48617070792047656E6573697320426C6F636B2044617921
The full command below will send this message together with 10 satoshis to, where it is displayed publicly.
lncli sendpayment --dest 03006fcf3312dae8d068ea297f58e2bd00ec1ffe214b793eda46966b6294a53ce6 --amt 10 --data 34349334=48617070792047656E6573697320426C6F636B2044617921 --keysend
If the payee has created an AMP invoice, the data can also be appended to the command:
lncli payinvoice <invoice> --data 34349334=486170707920477265676F7269616E204E6577205965617220746F2065766572796F6E65206174204C696768746E696E67204C61627321
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