Towards a Unified Lightning Network

As implementers of the Lightning Network protocol, we are thrilled about today’s activation of Segwit on Bitcoin, a major step forward in making Bitcoin more usable and scalable.

Today we’d like to announce our effort toward compatibility between implementations on the Lightning Network specification. Our community has been collaborating on the spec for over a year now, and we’ve started testing for interoperability between three implementations: c-lightning, eclair, and lnd. We’re also announcing the release of a cross-implementation testing site: https://cdecker.github.io/lightning-integration.

Development of our respective Lightning implementations is still underway, and we will be doing further testing before releasing any software for mainnet. We encourage anyone who wants to get involved to contribute to our testing and development efforts.

We’re excited to be collaborating to build the future of Layer 2 scalability technology!

Signed by the developers of:

c-lightning: https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning

Eclair: https://github.com/acinq/eclair

lnd: https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd