Blockstream releases c-lightning 0.7 for Bitcoin Lightning Network

Blockstream, a developer of Bitcoin and blockchain solutions, has announced the release of version 0.7 of c-lightning, a Lightning Network implementation in C. The c-lightning implementation is a go-to code and specification for enterprise Lightning Network deployments on Bitcoin and is what powers Blockstream’s Lightning Charge HTTP Rest API.

The 0.7 release is the culmination of eight months of work since Blockstream’s last major release, by 50 contributors from all over the world and comprising 1,300 commits. Not only does this release include a number of performance enhancements and bug-fixes, but it comes with a number of new exciting features.

New Features

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Blockstream Team” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]”While certainly an important milestone for us, this release is but the start of more things to come. After recently finalizing the v1.0 of the Lightning Network specification, we are looking forward to many more exciting and innovative features on our roadmap. For one, we recently proposed a more flexible way of constructing the onion routing packet, allowing more information to be carried to hops in a route. This will enable powerful features such as spontaneous payments that don’t require invoices, and rendezvous routing that hides both the sender and the receiver identity during a payment. Other proposals we have been working on include dual-funded channels, for providing better liquidity to the network, and the removal of fee commitments, which solve one of the main causes for channel closures. With the 0.7 release of c-lightning we are excited to get started with implementing these amazing features and tackle some of the big challenges that lie ahead.”[/perfectpullquote]