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Want to set up a Bitcoin full node and Lightning Network node? Use Pierre Rochard's easy-to-use node launcher!


Until neutrino matures on to mainnet “real” Bitcoin, we’ll have to do a full sync of the Bitcoin blockchain, which means your computer will have to download and store 250+ GB of data from the internet. If you have a fairly recent computer (i5+ processor, 8+ GB of RAM), your internet speed will be the bottleneck in this process, not your computer. Here is a helpful chart to see how long it will take for you to download. To keep it under 3 days, you’ll want an 8+ Mb/second connection. If you are on Google Fiber, it’ll only take you 30 minutes. Yes, this is a big reason why there’s a lot of controversy about the block weight limit!

Block Archive Drive

If you want to skip downloading all 250 GB of block data, you can order a very nice external SSD hard drive from me for $200:

Requirements ~250 GB of download bandwidth (unless you have already synced Bitcoin). This may be greater than your ISP data cap. Windows or macOS (Linux if you are comfortable with the command line) ~10 GB of disk space (>300 GB if you want the Bitcoin transaction index, makes for a faster LND) Warnings

Bitcoin is an experiment. The Lightning Network is an experiment. Please understand that you may have a permanent loss of value from experimenting with these systems. This is risky business!

Lightning Power Node Launcher

Download the latest release of the Lightning Power Node Launcher:

Open the app or exe file you downloaded

Check the Bitcoin Data Directory

If you have already synced Bitcoin, the Node Launcher’s default data directory will use the synced data.

Check if there is the pruning warning

Pruning saves hard drive space, but is not “officially” supported by LND wallet. It does work though!

So if you are tight on hard drive space, you can ignore this warning.

Pruning is automatically turned on if free spa...

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