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Visualisers of the Lightning Network (and some other explorers)

A (mostly) visual collection of the Lightning Network

Disclaimer

Network views tend to be the view of the network from a single node, or small selection of nodes. They are not complete views of the network. This is impossible to achieve. Even if many node views were combined, it would still be incomplete.

These network views, or network maps, have been termed 'visualisers' by the LN community.

Screenshots may reflect older visual styles, and are dated accordingly.

Bitcoin Mainnet

1. recksplorer

reksplorer was among the first LN visualiser tools.

https://github.com/chemicstry/recksplorer

Example sites:

lnmainet.gaben.win screenshot

2. Tyzbit 3D renderings

https://bl.ocks.org/tyzbit/e41587d241b0ab0f38273dc4b8dd571e

Tyzbit mainnet screenshot

3. Tyzbit Lightning VR

View with a VR viewer for full effect. 3D force maps in VR.

https://bl.ocks.org/tyzbit/d1c83732d2767bb955125d41f5921888

Tyzbit Lightning VR

4. Lightning.team

https://lightning.team/

Lightning.team screenshot

5. Robtex Bitcoin Lightning Explorer

There are two visualisers at Robtex:

A. Animated paths

https://www.robtex.com/lightning/path/

Robtex Animated Paths

B. Robtex Visualizer

https://www.robtex.com/lightning/visualize/

Top 314 channels
https://www.robtex.com/lightning/visualize/?num=314
Historical view, example early January 2018
https://www.robtex.com/lightning/visualize/?ut=1516040305

Robtex 3D Visualizer

6. bitcoinexchangerate.org network map

bitcoinexchangerate.org has a network map of the Lightning Network.

https://bitcoinexchangerate.org/lightning

bitcoinexchangerate.org

7. Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine (mainnet)

The Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine mainnet has a visual component.

https://1ml.com/

https://1ml.com/visual/network

Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine

8. LND Explorer

This is a web-based tool for interacting with your node, but it also has a new map view now.

Lightning Network Daemon Explorer http://lndexplorer.com/

Lightning Network Daemon Explorer Map https://graph.lndexplorer.com/

Github:

Lightning Network Daemon Explorer Map

9. lnd3.vanilla.co.za

3d rendering from a single node on the mainnet network, in Africa

https://lnd3.vanilla.co.za/graphs/index.html

lnd3.vanilla.co.za

3d rendering from 4 nodes on the mainnet network

https://lnd3.vanilla.co.za/multinodegraphs/index.html

10. Blockchaincaffe Map

Blockchaincaffe has a mainnet view of the network over a geographical map, similar to the original ACINQ Explorer.

https://blockchaincaffe.org/map/

blockchaincaffe

11. Output of 'lncli describegraph --render' for mainnet

Graphviz output, takes a while to render, or a very wide SVG image, shown below with considerable zoom on a section.

lncli describegraph --render

Important: as of 2018-08-18 this has been removed from the source code in PR #1742.

lncli describegraph render

12. Moneni Probed Balances

Another way of visualising the network is probed balances to guess capacity as covered here.

https://www.moneni.com/lightningprobe

see https://medium.com/@robban_69827/playing-with-lightning-network-90ecc678fe70 for a detailed explanation.

Moneni probed balances

13. lnvis

OpenGL Lighting Network visualizer written in C + nanovg.

https://github.com/jb55/lnvis

lnvis

14. p2sh.info dashboard

Unfortunately not a map view yet; a measure of network capacity in BTC

https://p2sh.info/dashboard/db/lightning-network

15. Bitcoinvisuals metrics

Unfortunately not a map view yet; visual metrics relating to the Lightning network

https://bitcoinvisuals.com/lightning

16. Raito Lightning Explorer

Unfortunately not a map view yet; general node explorer site

https://raito.systemb.co/

17. Topology in Neo4j Graph database

Lighting Network: Import the topology to the Neo4j Graph database

Here we describe how to export a node's local view of the network topology to a Neo4j database.

https://steemit.com/lightning/@bluetegu/lighting-network-import-the-topology-to-the-neo4j-graph-database

18. lngraph

Another Neo4j project, "lngraph imports Lightning Network data into Neo4j for local exploration of your node and its view of the network."

https://github.com/xsb/lngraph

lngraph

19. Lightning Peach Stats

BitFury's LN project maintains a network monitor here:

https://lightningpeach.com/ln-monitor

Unfortunately not a map view yet, shows network stats.

lightningpeach ln-monitor

20. LNMetrics Centrality

Unfortunately not a map view; novel metrics measuring centrality in LN network

https://lnmetrics.opdup.com/

See https://medium.com/@jungly/measuring-node-centrality-in-lightning-network-8102a59999f0 for more info

Source: https://github.com/kulpreet/lightning-network-graph-analysis

LNMetrics Centrality

Litecoin Mainnet

1. recksplorer for LTC

Jason Wong has customised Recksplorer for LTC mainnet

http://lnexplorer.hcwong.me/

lnexplorer.hcwong.me

Another implemention is available at https://ltc.roska.life/

2. lnd4.vanilla.co.za 3D view

3d rendering from a single node on the LTC mainnet network, in Africa

https://lnd4.vanilla.co.za/graphs/index.html

lnd4.vanilla.co.za

Bitcoin Testnet

1. ACINQ Explorer

https://explorer.acinq.co/#/

ACINQ Geographic

ACINQ Force Map

2. Tyzbit 3D renderings

https://bl.ocks.org/tyzbit/ade826eb5363e02196c0940b2bf15d03

Tyzbit Testnet

3. Bretton 3D renderings from 4 nodes

https://bl.ocks.org/bretton/4a51ab6aeba8e7a836840aed727566ad

Bretton Testnet 4 nodes

4. Dave Watkins Grid

2018-01-31
Playing about with the output of lncli describegraph. Each dot is a node that my node has seen in the last 48 hours.
The size of the dot is the amount of inbound connections it has open.

http://graph.ln.eightsquared.co.uk/

http://86.24.91.84:3012/

davewatkins screenshot

5. LND Network Graph By @callmekurisu

Rstudio script to grab the latest describegraph state from my server and create a simpleNetwork graph. Easier to viz as html export

http://rpubs.com/callmekurisu/lnd

Code:

#LND Network Graph
#By @callmekurisu
library(rjson)
library(networkD3)
library(igraph)
json_data <- fromJSON(file="http://adwatcher.hopto.org:7777/graph/")

#intialize source and target variables
src <- json_data$edges[[1:1]]$node1_pub
target <- json_data$edges[[1:1]]$node2_pub

#interate through node data
for (i in (2:length(json_data$edges))){
  src <- append(src, json_data$edges[[i:i]]$node1_pub)
  target <- append(target, json_data$edges[[i:i]]$node2_pub)
}

graphData <- data.frame(src,target)

# Plot
simpleNetwork(graphData)

callmekurisu R screenshot

6. LND Explorer

This is a web-based tool for interacting with your node, but it also has a map view and is being included here on that basis.

Lightning Network Daemon Explorer http://lndexplorer.com/

Demo Page Network View: http://demo1.lndexplorer.com/network

Github: https://github.com/altangent/lnd-explorer

lndexplorer network tab

7. Bitcoin Lightning Network visualizer

This a visualizer for the Bitcoin Lightning Network. It can apply to mainnet or testnet depending what mode LND is running under.

https://viz.lnportal.com

https://github.com/altangent/lightning-viz

Lightning-viz

8. Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine (testnet)

The Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine for testnet has a visual component.

https://1ml.com/testnet/

https://1ml.com/testnet/visual/network

Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine

9. Lightning Monitor (testnet)

University project visualiser using LND and vis.js.

http://lndmon.com/

https://www.reddit.com/r/lightningnetwork/comments/8s7z5o/my_lightning_testnet_visualisermonitor/

Lightning Monitor

10. Artwork example

Less an active explorer mapping view, more an example of a snapshot as art piece.

"Measuring 24"x36" inches, the Lightning Network Testnet as of February 25th featured 2832 nodes and 15747 channels. This is a showcase of the early adoption of the Lightning Network which makes for a wonderful conversation piece!"

https://lynxartcollection.com/collections/crypto-artwork/products/lightning-network-testnet

lightning network art

11. Output of 'lncli describegraph --render' for testnet

Graphviz output, takes a while to render, or a very wide SVG image, shown below with considerable zoom on a section.

lncli describegraph --render

lncli describegraph render

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bretton commented Feb 20, 2018

This tweet thread might also have something worth including
https://twitter.com/spudowiar/status/958056758131544064

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bretton commented Mar 16, 2018

Tangent: Visualizing Bitcoin Transactions
https://medium.com/chainalysis/visualizing-bitcoin-transactions-dd0e67d8e104

just to see other ways of visualising paths in a network :)

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sc0ttwad3 commented Apr 6, 2018

@bretton That's some really good work and VIZ in that article!

+1 on including it.

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tyzbit commented May 7, 2018

I removed the data for the historical timeseries 3D renderings, probably should remove that one. It was keeping my gist.github.com homepage from loading lol.

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bretton commented May 8, 2018

@tyzbit fixed, sorry just saw comment now, no mail notices for comments on gists?

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ekerstein commented May 16, 2018

Please update the link to https://bitcoinvisuals.com/lightning (remove trailing slash)

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bretton commented May 28, 2018

@ekerstein done, sorry just caught up on this page now :)

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jlopp commented Jul 18, 2018

@bretton FYI shabang.io is no longer operational

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bretton commented Jul 19, 2018

@jlopp good spot! thanks. updated

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lndnode commented Oct 28, 2018

@bretton Thanks for putting this up. Could you please also add https://lightblock.me on the list?

btw. lightning.team/, graph.lndexplorer.com, viz.lnportal.com, graph.ln.eightsquared.co.uk are no longer available =(

Regards and long live lightning network!

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