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ln-service

30.0.0 • Public • Published

Lightning Network Service

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Overview

The core of this project is a gRPC interface for node.js projects, available through npm.

The project can be run alone to create a simplified REST interface on top of LND that exposes functionality to client applications.

It is recommended to not expose the REST interface directly to the dangerous internet as that gives anyone control of your node.

Installation Instructions

The service can run in two modes:

  1. As a library that can be used directly with GRPC against LND
  2. A standalone REST service that uses a simplified authentication for RPC calls.

The direct GRPC mode is recommended.

Install LND and/or your Bitcoin Chain Daemon

https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/blob/master/docs/INSTALL.md

If using Bitcoin Core, the following ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf configuration is recommended:

assumevalid= // plug in the current best block hash
daemon=1
dbcache=3000
disablewallet=1
rpcpassword= // make a strong password
rpcuser=bitcoinrpc
server=1
testnet=1 // Set as applicable
zmqpubrawblock=tcp://127.0.0.1:28332
zmqpubrawtx=tcp://127.0.0.1:28333

Sample LND configuration options (~/.lnd/lnd.conf)

[Application Options]
externalip=IP
rpclisten=0.0.0.0:10009
tlsextraip=IP

[Bitcoin]
bitcoin.active=1
bitcoin.mainnet=1
bitcoin.node=bitcoind

Using in GRPC mode as an npm package

You can install the service via npm -

$ npm install ln-service

Run base64 on the tls.cert and admin.macaroon files to get the encoded authentication data to create the LND connection. You can find these files in the LND directory. (~/.lnd or ~/Library/Application Support/Lnd)

$ base64 tls.cert
$ base64 data/chain/bitcoin/mainnet/admin.macaroon

Be careful to avoid copying any newline characters.

You can then interact with your LND node directly:

const lnService = require('ln-service');

const lnd = lnService.lightningDaemon({
  cert: 'base64 encoded tls.cert',
  macaroon: 'base64 encoded admin.macaroon',
  socket: 'localhost:10009',
});

lnService.getWalletInfo({lnd}, (error, result) => {
  console.log(result);
});

Promises are also supported to allow async/await syntax

const getWalletInfo = require('ln-service/getWalletInfo');

const walletInfo = await getWalletInfo({lnd});

console.log(walletInfo.public_key);

If you are interacting with your node remotely, make sure to set:

tlsextraip=YOURIP

In the lnd.conf file for your LND, and regenerate TLS certs by deleting them.

If using a domain for your LND, use the domain option:

tlsextradomain=YOURDOMAIN

Using as a stand-alone REST API

git clone https://github.com/alexbosworth/ln-service.git
cd ln-service
npm install

Configuring Environment Variables

In NPM installed direct GRPC mode only GRPC_SSL_CIPHER_SUITES environment variable is needed

export GRPC_SSL_CIPHER_SUITES='HIGH+ECDSA'

In REST mode:

For convenience in REST mode, you can make a .env file with KEY=VALUE pairs instead of setting environment variables.

Environment variables:

export GRPC_SSL_CIPHER_SUITES='HIGH+ECDSA'
export LNSERVICE_CHAIN="bitcoin" // or litecoin
export LNSERVICE_LND_DIR='~/.lnd/'
export LNSERVICE_NETWORK="testnet" // or mainnet
export LNSERVICE_SECRET_KEY=REPLACE!WITH!SECRET!KEY!

Setting environment variables in Linux:

  • Edit .bashrc or ~/.profile
  • $ source ~/.bashrc in the window you are running the service from

Setting environment variables in MacOS:

  • Edit ~/.bash_profile
  • $ . ~/.bash_profile in the window you are running the service from

Running REST API

$ npm start

Making HTTP requests to the REST API

ln-service uses Basic Authentication currently. Make sure that the request has an authorization header that contains Base64 encoded credentials.

Basic example of an authorization header -

Authorization: Basic {{TOKEN_GOES_HERE_WITHOUT_BRACES}}

To generate the Base64 encoded credentials in Chrome for example in the console you can -

> let username = 'test';
// username can be anything.
> let password = '1m5secret4F';
// password must match the LNSERVICE_SECRET_KEY in your environment variables.
> btoa(`${username}:${password}`);
// dGVzdDoxbTVlY3JldDRG

And then set the value of the Authorization header to the returned value dGVzdDoxbTVlY3JldDRG.

And copy the result as the token in the above example

Running the tests

$ npm test

Integration Tests

btcd and lnd are required to execute the integration tests.

$ tap test/integration/*.js

install

npm i ln-service

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