Lightning Spotlight August 2019

August Featured Projects

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Introducing lndmon: Dockerized Lightning Network Monitoring

As the network has grown over the past year, we’ve noticed gaps in its observability and the need for an easy-to-use tool for routing node operators to manage their nodes. This year, lack of such a suitable tool caused certain problems in the peer-to-peer network to remain undiscovered until they became harmful. lndmon (which works with lnd 0.7 and beyond, thanks in part to the new feature of exporting gRPC performance data) helps prevent problems by enabling users to monitor trends and take preventative action. For example, a routing node operator may want to be notified if multiple channels are closed in rapid succession or if their peer connections show signs of instability.

Besides preventing network trouble, lndmon is a flexible monitoring tool for routing node operators and other users who want to track how their channels change over time. Users can also monitor network-wide trends, such as growth in the number of channels and where the best routing fee rates can be found.

lndmon architecture

lndmon is built with Prometheus and Grafana. Prometheus scrapes metrics from lndmon, and Grafana presents the data in eye-catching graphs. lndmon comes with a set of basic graphs out-of-the-box, but users are encouraged to add their own customized graphs to match their specific needs.

Nginx is an optional component of lndmon which adds the ability for users to access their dashboards remotely over TLS.

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