Testing BTC Lightning node on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Docker

Add the GPG key for the official Docker repository to the system

curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -

Add the Docker repository to APT sources:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"

Update package database from the newly added repo

sudo apt-get update

Make sure you are about to install from the Docker repo instead of the default Ubuntu 16.04 repo

apt-cache policy docker-ce

Install Docker

sudo apt-get install -y docker-ce

Check that it’s running:

sudo systemctl status docker

List containers Restart a container

sudo docker ps -a
sudo docker start -ai xyz1b9x874k8z734x

Start syncing Bitcoin chain

Clone a repository from github

git clone https://github.com/dougvk/lightning-node.git

Build the bitcoind docker image

cd lightning-node
docker build . -t dougvk/bitcoind

Run bitcoind node (may take hours to sync up)

mkdir -p /scratch/bitcoin/mainnet/bitcoind

docker run --name bitcoind_mainnet -d -v /scratch/bitcoin/mainnet/bitcoind:/data -p 8333:8333 -p 9735:9735 dougvk/bitcoind:latest

 

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