Lightning Network Node On Windows Step 1: Install thy full node


Ok, so in order to run a bitcoin lightening network node, you must have a full node running. Given the bitcoin blockchain is 181 GB at the time of writing this post, you should make sure you have the space on your desktop or laptop.


Trick 1: The need for space

If your desktop or laptop does not have 181 GB and more gigabytes to spare, then you can store the blockchain chain data on an external hard drive. External hard drives are cheap nowadays. You can pick one up for as little as $40 on Amazon.


I got space now what do I do?

Download the bitcoin full node client. Go here: https://bitcoin.org/en/download. Once you download, DO NOT CLICK NEXT THROUGH TO THE END!! You need to change the directory for your chain data to the external hard drive. Use the custom directory of the external hard drive instead of the default directory. Then you should be good to go.


Now what?

“man sitting on gang chair with feet on luggage looking at airplane” by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

You wait for the 181 GB to download, like the man waiting for his plane. Once that’s done, check out post 2 (coming soon).