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Blockstream’s Week of LApps Comes to an End
March 29, 2018

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Earlier this year, Blockstream introduced Lightning Charge, a micropayment processing system for the Lightning Network that utilizes Blockstream’s c-lightning implementation. Using a REST API that is accessible through JavaScript and PHP libraries, Lightning Charge makes it easy for web developers to accept Lightning payments for their content, goods, and services.

How easy?

For the last week Blockstream has been releasing a Lightning App (LApp) a day, all built by independent developer Nadav Ivgi using Lightning Charge. They cover a wide variety of commerce use cases, and are usable by web developers with a wide variety of experience. The breadth of these LApps just hints at the endless possibilities made available by the Lightning Network as it moves toward full production release.

Here’s a look back at our eight LApps to date:

Vendor Shopping LApps

Content Creator LApps

Service Micropayment LApps

Reimagined Technology LApps

As these eight LApps demonstrate, Lightning Charge offers boundless possibilities. If you can imagine an application for the Lightning Network, you can easily develop it with Lightning Charge. Perhaps one of these LApps is exactly what you need, and if so, we encourage you to download it and start testing on testnet. These LApps are great demonstrations of how to use Lightning to create the e-commerce solution of your dreams.