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Lightning

Zeus setup with Core Lightning
and c-lightning-REST setup

Difficulty: Intermediate

If you run your own Lightning node and you’re not familiar with Zeus you are missing out. Zeus is a fully featured mobile Lightning front end which will allow you to send and receive Lightning payments from your home LND or Core Lightning node when you are out and about. We’ll be leveraging Zeus’s built in Tor support to connect to our home Core Lightning node. Since we are using Zeus with our own node this is a completely noncustodial solution, no trusted third parties here! In my opinion, Zeus is the best mobile lightning wallet out there.

There are several quality guides online that demonstrate the configuration of the Zeus mobile wallet with LND but I haven’t seen one for Core Lightning. Yes, Zeus also works great with Core Lightning!

In this guide I’ll demonstrate the setup of the c-lightning-REST program which acts as a shim to allow Zeus to talk to your Core Lightning node via REST API. Zeus requires a REST API for communication and Core Lightning doesn’t provide one natively. After c-lightning-REST is in place I’ll demonstrate how to connect Zeus to your Core Lightning node. You’ll then be able to make payments from your Core Lightning node while you’re on the go with your mobile phone!

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Lightning

Drive failure on LND node or…
How to lose some Bitcoin

Difficulty: Low

Tonight, on a very special episode of BitcoinLizard Blog…

I created this blog with the intention of mostly writing about the setup and implementation of various Bitcoin related software projects. In particular I was planning on writing about moving away from what I considered to be an unreliable Lightning node implementation. That implementation being a Raspberry Pi with the LND node data stored on the SD card. My intention was that I’d shutter my BitcoinLizard Tor only routing node that was running on a Raspberry Pi and build out a new routing node running Core Lightning on a more robust server with redundant storage. This post is about how I waited too long to decommission this LND node and as a result faced serious consequences. This post is a warning to anyone whom runs a Lightning node and doesn’t take the proper precautions with regard to backing up their node data.