Wallets

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Functionality of wallets

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Wallets are considered Layer-3 applications. Wallets use the Lightning Network (a Layer-2 protocol) which is a payment protocol to provide wallet functionality.

Non-custodial wallets create, manage and use private Layer-1 keys that hold funds. Such private keys are for example Bitcoin or Litecoin keys, corresponding to the Layer-1 blockchain.

Custodial wallets are usually thin mobile apps that connect to web sites operating custodial wallets.

Lightning wallets connect to Lightning nodes as well as to Layer-1 blockchain nodes, such as Bitcoin nodes.

Features

Wallet features might include:

Dangers and Risks

Be aware of and understand the difference between full and thin wallets. The differences between custodial and non-custodial wallets. The differences between open source and closed source wallets. Wallets can steal all all your funds. Do not use a wallet you do not trust. Always research a wallet (e.g. on the internet) before you install and use a wallet. Only use a wallet you trust.

Wallets can have access to, hold, and manage the private keys of your funds. Wallets can misuse these keys to fraudulently steal funds from you if you are not careful. See fraud to learn about how to avoid fraud.

Best practices

  • Build knowledge: Learn about Lightning.
  • Build trust: Research a wallet to build trust before downloading it, installing it or using it.
  • Start with small funds: Start with small funds to improve your knowledge and the trust in your wallet.
  • Backup: Frequently backup your wallet. This is specific to your wallet, so check with your Lightning wallet provider.
  • Use a Watchtower: Use a Watchtower to be vigilant on your behalf about your Lightning payment transactions
  • Open the wallet regularly: This is specific to your wallet, so check with your Lightning wallet provider. Good wallets are vigilant and supervise your payment transactions and thereby can detect and also correct fraudulent payment transactions. You might have to open your wallet for this to happen.

List of Lightning wallets

Disclaimer: lightningwiki.net does not recommend any wallet(s) and is not responsible for the action(s) of any wallets. The use of any wallet is 100% at your risk. It is fully your responsibility. See dangers and risks.


Wallet Own your keys? Linux Windows MacOS Android IOS Web Open-source Remarks
ZEBEDEE No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No The ZEBEDEE Wallet is a powerful Lightning wallet with advanced features for gamers and content creators.
Zap Wallet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Lightning Labs app Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes by Lightning Labs, lnd frontend
Coinos Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Coinos is a bitcoin web wallet. Coinos offers both custodial and non-custodial wallet accounts.
Eclair wallet Yes No No No Yes No No Yes by ACINQ, Eclair frontend; supports receiving payments on Testnet
lnd-gui Yes No No Yes No No No Yes by Alex Bosworth
Peach wallet ? No No No No No No No Peach wallet is not available to the public, the wallet is sold to businesses. The Lightning wallet is custodial.
BLW (Bitcoin Lightning Wallet) Yes No No No Yes No No Yes standalone SPV Bitcoin node
Rawtx ln wallet ? No No No Yes No No Yes
Coinclip Yes No No No No Testnet No No Testnet
Shango Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes lnd frontend, requires lnd node
Shock wallet Yes No No No Yes No No Yes c-lightning frontend
Fulmo Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Python wallet dependent on c-lightning
Blue wallet Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Review video. Bitcoin wallet is non-custodial. Lightning wallet is custodial by default.
Spark wallet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes c-lightning frontend
Sparko Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes The same as Spark wallet, but repackaged as a single binary
Swift Lightning Project Yes No No No No Yes No Yes lnd frontend
Wallet of Satoshi Yes No No No Yes Yes No No "Simplest wallet"
@lntxbot No No No No No No No Yes Telegram bot that serves as a full-fledged custodial wallet.
Joule Yes No No No No No Browser Extension Yes by Wallet of Satoshi, lnd frontend
Moneni No No No No No No Yes No
Pebble Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes connect to your own remote LND or BTCPay server
Nayuta Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Powered by lnd, using SPV. Development of Nayuta Wallet is in suspension as of 20 Jul 2021.
Phoenix Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Only support Eclair Lightning channels

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