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Does Coinbase Support Lightning?

As of now, Coinbase does not support Lightning. Though they have not given a specific reason why, it is speculated that it is because the company wants to avoid any legal issues that may come with supporting the protocol.

In the past, Coinbase has been very careful about which digital assets they list on their exchange and only do so after thorough research. So it’s possible that they are still in the process of evaluating Lightning and whether or not it would be a good fit for their platform.

Coinbase has been one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges for years, but it has yet to list any assets that are not Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or Bitcoin Cash. This is strange considering that Coinbase was one of the first exchanges to list Ethereum Classic (an asset with a much smaller market cap than Lightning) and they have also been one of the most vocal proponents of Bitcoin forks.

NOTE: WARNING: Coinbase does not currently support Lightning, a second-layer protocol that enables faster and cheaper Bitcoin transactions. Attempting to send or receive funds using Lightning on Coinbase may result in loss of funds.

So it’s possible that they are simply waiting for Lightning to become more established before listing it on their exchange.

At this time, there is no way to buy or sell Lightning on Coinbase. However, there are a few workarounds that allow you to indirectly trade Lightning. The most popular method is to first buy Bitcoin on Coinbase and then transfer it to an exchange that supports Lightning (such as Bitfinex).

From there, you can trade your Bitcoin for Lightning. While this method is not as convenient as being able to directly trade Lightning on Coinbase, it is still possible to do so if you are willing to use a different exchange.

In conclusion, as of now Coinbase does not support Lightning but this may change in the future as the protocol becomes more established.

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