Announcing Zap Beta Release

Zap — Making the Lightning Network usable for everyone

Zap was created to bridge the gap between the technical Lightning Network protocol and the billions of potential users, but we’re not quite there yet. We try and make things as simple as we can, but it’s an ongoing process. Some things might break, some things might be confusing, some things may be misleading, and that’s ok.

But, sir, this not mainnet?

No, this release is built for Bitcoin’s testnet. If you do some self-configuration, you can use Zap on mainnet, but Zap will not publish mainnet releases until the developers and greater Lightning Network community are ready.

How you can help

Understanding colors and font sizes doesn’t make a great product; understanding you, your experience, your struggles, and your successes with the product does. We would love to talk to each and every one of you about Zap and/or your experience with the Lightning Network.

What’s next

We will continue to work towards making the Lightning Network accessible and usable for all. I suggest following @ln_zap for updates. We will constantly be shipping new versions and updates to the desktop application, have many more things in the works, and will be releasing mainnet when the time is right.


This is a cool milestone. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been supportive and give a special thanks to those listed below:

  • Lightning Labs
  • Ferdous Bhai and 21Mil
  • Masen
  • The Zap community: Nobody has exchanged a satoshi to work on Zap. Every contributor, designer, and tester has devoted their time because they believe in Bitcoin and the Lightning Network and would like to see it succeed. Thank you ✊



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