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Is centralization in the Lightning network inevitable? Why (not)?

“Centralization” is now a word constantly repeated but is one that, generally speaking, no one tries to define accurately. ---Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol.1, Part 1, ch.5. ...
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What criteria should be taken into account when selecting nodes to create new lightning channels with?

I agree with Alex Bosworth and I have pointed this out about one year ago when I have filed an issue about the strategy used by the LND autopilot which basically looks for nodes with a high channel ...
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Lightning mainnet peer list?

Here's a site with all the nodes on mainnet https://1ml.com
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lightning-cli listnodes is empty. Am I missing something?

In order for list nodes to provide some output you need to first connect to at least one peer on the network. Because the peer is giving you all the information from the gossip protocol about ...
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Lightning mainnet peer list?

I am developer of https://lightblock.me It's a tool which lets you search for nodes which you wish to connect to, take the URI of the node you want to connect and use it with "connect" command.
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Is centralization in the Lightning network inevitable? Why (not)?

The "centralization" that most people talk about is really about limiting who can effectively (and profitably) participate. If we're talking about the blocksize debate, the idea is that larger block ...
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Number of nodes and channels in Lightning Network?

As for (1) yes you can use tools like the recksplorer as suggested by JBaczuk but you can also query the gossip store of your lightning node directly. Each node has to know the entire topology of the ...
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How do new nodes learn the topology of Lightning network?

This is done via the peer 2 peer network that comes along with lightning and is specified in BOLT 07 - routing-gossip. If you read the details you will see that you have to peer to a node in order to ...
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How do Lightning Explorers like 1ML register closed channels?

Every Chanel that us public is announced on the gossip protocol and in the channel announcement message linked to a funding transaction. What you can do (and what 1ml most likely does) is to save ...
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LN nodes with no network addresses

Lightning nodes do not need to advertise an external IP address. This does prevent other nodes from connecting to you, but you can still connect to other nodes (as long as they have a public address) ...
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Why did the lightning network implement a gossip protocol?

The main idea of Lightening Network is to make the Transactions as fast as possible and to solve blockchain Network scalability issues. Whereas the main essence of the Gossip protocol is that each ...
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Number of nodes and channels in Lightning Network?

Amboss - https://amboss.space/ - Gives stats around Lightning network 1ml.com - https://1ml.com/ - Similar to amboss LN Lighthouse - https://lnlighthouse.online/ - Helps to group (by capacity) and ...
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Number of nodes and channels in Lightning Network?

You can try recksplorer at https://rompert.com/recksplorer/ to get a node count, or drill down on individual nodes: Source is at: https://github.com/chemicstry/recksplorer
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What criteria should be taken into account when selecting nodes to create new lightning channels with?

Here there are some properties: Node reliability: On-line connected 24/7. History: when the node came online for first time. Routing: How many channels has the node. Capacity: How much capacity can ...
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lightning-cli list only my channels

The command you are looking for is listpeers. That will only show your direct peers and the channels you have open with them.
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Obtaining Lightning network graph data

https://ln.alhur.es/ provides a download link for their historical channel database from this link: https://ln.alhur.es/static/channels.db Data starts June 2019 and provided by https://twitter.com/...
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Obtaining Lightning network graph data

Here's a snapshot of the listchannels output on c-lightning as of Feb 19 2018 https://gist.github.com/coinables/4f29d85c3902b3d8b0d929cd318af3f9 And same time as above but the output is for ...
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Funding channels in Lightning Network

Channel balances on the Lightning Network are denominated in millisatoshis. $5 correspond today to roughly 0.001 BTC or 100,000 satoshis, so even a channel funded with only $5 could facilitate a ...
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