Lightning Network Daemon
The Lightning Network Daemon (
lnd) - is a complete implementation of a
Lightning Network node and currently
testnet4 - the Bitcoin Test Network. It utilizes an
upcoming upgrade to Bitcoin: Segregated Witness (
project's codebase uses the btcsuite set
of Bitcoin libraries, and is currently dependant on btcd.
In the current state
lnd is capable of:
- creating channels
- closing channels
- completely managing all channel states (including the exceptional ones!)
- maintaining a fully authenticated+validated channel graph
- performing path finding within the network, passively forwarding incoming payments
- sending outgoing onion-encrypted payments through the network
Lightning Network Specification Compliance
lnd doesn't yet fully conform to the Lightning Network specification
(BOLT's). BOLT stands
for: Basic of Lightning Technologies. The specifications are currently being drafted
by several groups of implementers based around the world including the
lnd. The set of specification documents as well as our
implementation of the specification are still a work-in-progress. With that
lnd the current status of
lnd's BOLT compliance is:
- BOLT 1: Base Protocol
lndcurrently utilizes a distinct wire format which was created before the emgergence of the current draft of BOLT specifications. We don't have an
initmessage, but we do have analogues to all the other defined message types.
- BOLT 2: Peer Protocol for Channel Management
lndimplements all the functionality defined within the document, however we currently use a different set of wire messages. Additionally,
lnduses a distinct commitment update state-machine and doesn't yet support dynamically updating commitment fees.
- BOLT 3: Bitcoin Transaction and Script Formats
lndcurrently uses a commitment design from a prior iteration of the protocol. Revocation secret generation is handled by
elkremand our scripts are slightly different.
- BOLT 4: Onion Routing Protocol
- BOLT 5: Recommendations for On-chain Transaction Handling
- BOLT 7: P2P Node and Channel Discovery
- BOLT 8: Encrypted and Authenticated Transport
In order to build form source, the following build dependencies are required:
Go: Installation instructions can be found here.
It is recommended to add
PATHat this point. Note: If you are building with
Go 1.5, then you'll need to enable the vendor experiment by setting the
GO15VENDOREXPERIMENTenvironment variable to
1. If you're using
Go 1.6or later, then it is safe to skip this step.
Glide: This project uses
Glideto manage dependencies as well as to provide reproducible builds. To install
Glide, execute the following command (assumes you already have Go properly installed):
$ go get -u github.com/Masterminds/glide
- btcd: This project currently requires
btcdwith segwit support, which is not yet merged into the master branch. Instead, roasbeef maintains a fork with his segwit implementation applied. To install, please see the installation instructions.
With the preliminary steps completed, to install
lncli, and all
related dependencies run the following commands:
$ git clone https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd $GOPATH/src/github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd $ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd $ glide install $ go install . ./cmd/...
To update your version of
lnd to the latest version run the following
$ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd $ git pull && glide install $ go install . ./cmd/...
To check that
lnd was installed properly run the following command:
go install; go test -v -p 1 $(go list ./... | grep -v '/vendor/')
- channel #lnd