ACINQ, the developers of Lightning Network just released the Lightning Network Browser.
To celebrate the end of this crazy week, we are finally releasing our Lightning Network Explorer! Enjoy! https://t.co/ylRo9Qa68f
— ACINQ (@acinq_co) 8 декабря 2017 г.
The explorer displays all known nodes and channels, of which the Lightning Network (LN) is composed. Due to the fact that the developers managed to achieve compatibility of various LN implementations, Explorer users can see the nodes C-lightning, Eclair and lnd.
Lightning Network Browser
By default, all nodes with a public IP address and activated geolocation are displayed on the world map. When you select a separate node, the application highlights all associated channels, and also shows the URI in text and QR code. Users of Android-purse Eclair can simply scan the latter and automatically open the channel with the node.
While the explorer works exclusively in the test version of the bitcoin network. Developers also note that transactions in the Lightning Network are not publicly displayed: they are encrypted and forwarded between the sender and the receiver using intermediate nodes through a routing protocol similar to Tor.
In other words, Lightning transactions offer significant privacy improvements over regular on-blockchain transactions.
It is also worth reminding that on 17.11.2017 first atomic BTC to LTC swap was performed in the Lightning Network.