Lightning Network Explorer released

ACINQ Team recently released Explorer for a Lightning Network
11 December 2017   2065

ACINQ, the developers of Lightning Network just released the Lightning Network Browser.

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
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.

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   148

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.