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README.md

Lightning RPC Explorer

Simple, database-free Lightning network explorer, via gRPC. Built with Node.js, express, bootstrap-v4.

This tool is intended to be a simple, self-hosted explorer for the Lightning network, driven by RPC calls to your own lightning node.

A live demo of the tool is available at https://lightning.chaintools.io

Features

  • Network summary
  • Browse nodes and channels, sorted by last update or capacity
  • View node and channel details
  • Search by node or channel

Getting started

Prerequisites

  1. Install and run a full, archiving node - instructions. Ensure that your node has full transaction indexing enabled (txindex=1) and the RPC server enabled (server=1).
  2. Synchronize your node with the Bitcoin network.
  3. Install LND

Instructions

  1. Clone this repo
  2. npm install
  3. npm run build
  4. Optional: Create file app/credentials.js with values to overwrite those in app/defaultCredentials.js.
  5. npm start
  6. Open http://127.0.0.1:3004/

Donate

To support continued development of this tool and/or to support the hosting of the live demo site:

  • Bitcoin: 3NPGpNyLLmVKCEcuipBs7G4KpQJoJXjDGe
  • Litecoin: ME4pXiXuWfEi1ANBDo9irUJVcZBhsTx14i
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