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LND was the first protocol for the Lightning Network. LND stands for “Lighting Network Daemon”, and with the back-end service btcd users can run an LN full node. There are a few other services, such as bitcoind and neurtino, which is a light client for mobile. 

LND lets users:

  • Create channels
  • Close channels
  • Manage channels
  • Forward incoming payments
  • And more.

The team that developed LND, Lightning Labs, launched the beta version of the software in March 2018.