An overview of Bitcoin Lightning Network Nodes
Lightning Nodes are able to connect to the Bitcoin blockchain and the Lightning Network. A node adheres to BOLT specifications and there are different implementations for Lightning Nodes. Lightning Node operators can:
- Open Channels to other Nodes
- Create a Lightning Invoice for a Payment
- Pay an existing Lightning Invoice
Browse all Lightning Network Nodes
Every 20 minutes, node details are collected, and all additions, deletions, and updates are reflected for each node on the network.
Total Nodes: Nodes can exist on the network but they may be in an offline state or not connected via any channels. Total node count consists of all nodes seen on the network. Any nodes that were once present on the network but have since been deleted, are not included in this total.
Active Nodes: Refers to Nodes that are online with at least one connected and active channel.
Top Capacity: Includes all non-deleted nodes ordered by the sum of their connected channel capacity.
Top Channel Count: Includes all non-deleted nodes ordered by the count of their connected channels.
Nodes can be filtered via the above definitions and are also searchable by public key.
See the details of a specific Node
Pub Key and Alias: The identifiers of a Node. Alias is an optional field set by the Node operator, and Public Key is unique and identifies a node on the network.
Last Update: This date (UTC) is received from the Lightning Network.
Address: The IP or Tor address for communicating with the node. To connect to a node you can leverage the form <Pubkey>@<Address>
Status: Nodes present in the Network graph are marked as active. Once a node has been deleted and is no longer in the network graph, it is marked Deleted.
Node Capacity: The sum of all (non deleted) channel capacity of a node.
Total Channels: The count of all non-deleted channels of a node.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to get started with the Lightning Network is by leveraging the incredible platform and tools provided by Voltage and ThunderHub.
Voltage and ThunderHub have great documentation and getting started resources on their respective sites.