Web app

Web app

ThunderHub (opens in a new tab) is an open source LND node manager where you can manage and monitor your node on any device or browser. It allows you to take control of the lightning network with a simple and intuitive UX and the most up-to-date tech stack.

ThunderHub homepage


Install dependencies

  • Install Node.js using the apk package manager.

These are make dependencies (safe to remove after installation, if you want)

$SU apk add npm

These are runtime dependencies

$SU apk add nodejs-current

Create the thunderhub user/group

$SU addgroup -S thunderhub
$SU adduser \
    -S \
    -D \
    -H \
    -h /dev/null \
    -s /sbin/nologin \
    -G thunderhub \
    -g thunderhub \

Add thunderhub user to the lnd group

$SU adduser thunderhub lnd

Add satoshi user to the thunderhub group

$SU adduser satoshi thunderhub

Firewall & reverse proxy

In the Security section, we set up Nginx as a reverse proxy. Now we can add the ThunderHub configuration.

  • Enable NGINX reverse proxy to route external encrypted HTTPS traffic internally to the ThunderHub.
$SU $EDITOR /etc/nginx/streams-available/thunderhub-reverse-proxy.conf
upstream thunderhub {
server {
  listen 4002 ssl;
  proxy_pass thunderhub;
$SU ln \
    -s \
    ../streams-available/thunderhub-reverse-proxy.conf \
  • Test and reload NGINX configuration
$SU nginx -t
$SU rc-service nginx restart
  • Configure the firewall to allow incoming HTTPS requests
$SU ufw allow 4002/tcp comment 'allow ThunderHub SSL from anywhere'


ThunderHub (opens in a new tab) provides a lightweight and easy to use web interface to accomplish a great node management.

Download source code

We get the latest release of the ThunderHub source code and install it.

  • Download the source code for the latest ThunderHub release. You can check the release page (opens in a new tab) to see if a newer release is available. Other releases might not have been properly tested with the rest of the MicroBolt configuration, though.
cd /tmp
git clone --branch v$VERSION https://github.com/apotdevin/thunderhub.git && cd thunderhub

Signature check

wget -qO- https://github.com/apotdevin.gpg | gpg --import
git verify-commit v$VERSION

Configure, patch and install

sed 's/5.4.3/5.5.0/' package.json > _
mv -f _ package.json
  • Install all dependencies using the Node Package Manager (NPM).
npm install
npm audit fix

Installation can take some time. There might be a lot of confusing output, but if you see something similar to the following, the installation was successful:

changed 2 packages, and audited 1986 packages in 4s
253 packages are looking for funding
  run `npm fund` for details
found 0 vulnerabilities
npx next telemetry disable
  • Build it
npm run build
  • Reduce the space taken up by ThunderHub
npm prune --production
  • Make it a global permanent installation
mkdir ./bin
printf "%s\n" \
    "#!/usr/bin/env node" \
    "process.env.npm_package_version = '$VERSION';" \
    "process.env.NODE_ENV = 'production';" \
    "require('../dist/main');" \
    > ./bin/cli.js
chmod +x ./bin/cli.js
$SU mkdir /etc/thunderhub
cp -v ./.env ./.env.local
$SU mv -f /tmp/thunderhub /var/lib/
$SU ln -s /var/lib/thunderhub /usr/lib/node_modules/thunderhub
$SU ln -s ../lib/node_modules/thunderhub/bin/cli.js /usr/bin/thunderhub


  • Edit the configuration file
$SU $EDITOR /var/lib/thunderhub/.env.local
  • Edit the thubConfig.yaml file
$SU $EDITOR /etc/thunderhub/thubConfig.yaml
masterPassword: 'PASSWORD' # Default password unless defined in account
  - name: 'MicroBolt'
    serverUrl: ''
    macaroonPath: '/var/lib/lnd/data/chain/bitcoin/mainnet/admin.macaroon'
    certificatePath: '/var/lib/lnd/tls.cert'
    password: '[E] ThunderHub password'

Replace the [E] ThunderHub password to yours

Enable auto-healthchecks
masterPassword: 'PASSWORD' # Default password unless defined in account
  - name: 'MicroBolt'
    serverUrl: ''
    macaroonPath: '/var/lib/lnd/data/chain/bitcoin/mainnet/admin.macaroon'
    certificatePath: '/var/lib/lnd/tls.cert'
    password: '[E] ThunderHub password'
healthCheckPingEnabled: true
Auto-backups to Amboss

Keep in mind that if you stop ThunderHub, Amboss will interpret that your node is offline because the connection is established between ThunderHub <-> Amboss to send healthchecks pings

masterPassword: 'PASSWORD' # Default password unless defined in account
  - name: 'MicroBolt'
    serverUrl: ''
    macaroonPath: '/var/lib/lnd/data/chain/bitcoin/mainnet/admin.macaroon'
    certificatePath: '/var/lib/lnd/tls.cert'
    password: '[E] ThunderHub password'
backupsEnabled: true

These last optional features are not available for a testnet node

Remote access over Tor
  • Add the following lines in the section "location hidden services" in the torrc file.
$SU $EDITOR /etc/tor/torrc
# Hidden Service Thunderhub
HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/thunderhub/
HiddenServiceVersion 3
HiddenServicePoWDefensesEnabled 1
HiddenServicePort 80
  • Reload Tor configuration and get your connection address.
$SU rc-service tor reload
$SU cat /var/lib/tor/thunderhub/hostname
  • With the Tor browser (opens in a new tab), you can access this onion address from any device. Please be aware that this access is not password protected and should not be shared widely.

Autostart on boot

Now we'll make sure our lightning node manager starts as a service on the computer so that it's always running.

  • Create the ThunderHub init.d unit and copy/paste the following configuration. Save and exit.
$SU $EDITOR /etc/init.d/thunderhub
: ${THUNDERHUB_CONFIGFILE:=/etc/thunderhub/thubConfig.yaml}
: ${THUNDERHUB_DATADIR:=/var/lib/thunderhub}
: ${THUNDERHUB_LOGDIR:=/var/log/thunderhub}
: ${THUNDERHUB_USER:=thunderhub}
: ${THUNDERHUB_GROUP:=thunderhub}
: ${THUNDERHUB_BIN:=/usr/bin/thunderhub}
description="Monitor and manage your node from any browser and any device"
start_stop_daemon_args="--stdout ${THUNDERHUB_LOGDIR}/debug.log
                        --stderr ${THUNDERHUB_LOGDIR}/debug.log"
depend() {
    need lnd
    checkdepend TOR_PROXY_SERVER tor
checkdepend() {
    if grep -qs "^${1}=" "${THUNDERHUB_ENVFILE}"; then
        need "${2:-$1}"
start_pre() {
    checkpath --file      --mode 0660 --owner "${command_user}" "${THUNDERHUB_CONFIGFILE}"
    checkpath --directory --mode 0750 --owner "${command_user}" "${THUNDERHUB_DATADIR}"
    checkpath --directory --mode 0755 --owner "${command_user}" "${THUNDERHUB_LOGDIR}"
    checkpath --directory --mode 0755 --owner "${command_user}" "${THUNDERHUB_PIDDIR}"
checkconfig() {
    if ! grep -qs '^    macaroonPath: ' "${THUNDERHUB_CONFIGFILE}"
        eerror ""
        eerror "ERROR: You must set a macaroonPath path to run ThunderHub"
        eerror "The setting must appear in ${THUNDERHUB_CONFIGFILE}"
        eerror ""
        return 1
  • Enable execution permission
$SU chmod +x /etc/init.d/thunderhub

Enable logrotate

  • Enter the complete next configuration. Save and exit
$SU $EDITOR /etc/logrotate.d/thunderhub
/var/log/thunderhub/*.log {
    rotate 104
    create 0640 thunderhub thunderhub
        killall -HUP `cat /run/thunderhub/thunderhub.pid`
  • Test
$SU logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/thunderhub --debug

Enable and start BTC RPC Explorer

$SU rc-update add thunderhub
$SU rc-service thunderhub start

Congratulations! You now have Thunderhub up and running

You can now access ThunderHub from within your local network by browsing to https://nakamoto01:4002 (opens in a new tab), https://nakamoto01.local:4002 (opens in a new tab) (or your equivalent ip address).

Access to your Amboss node account
  • In the "Home" screen - "Quick Actions" section, click on the Amboss icon "Login", wait for the top right corner notification to show you "Logged in" and click again on the Amboss icon "Go to". This will open a secondary tab in your browser to access your Amboss account node

If you can't do "Login", maybe the cause is that you don't have a public channel opened yet. You'll need at least one public channel that has been open for a few days. Planning to open a public small-size channel to be connected with some Lightning Network peers or directly to the Amboss node (opens in a new tab). More info on Amboss docs (opens in a new tab)

Enable auto backups and healthcheck notifications to Amboss account
  1. Open the “Settings” by pressing the cogwheel in the top right corner of the Thunderhub
  2. Switch to “Yes” -> Amboss: “Auto backups” and “Healthcheck Pings”
  3. Test pushing a backup to Amboss by entering in the “Tools” section, to the left main menu
  4. Press to “Push” button to test the correct working
  5. Go back to Amboss website and access “Account” in the main menu
  6. Access to “Backup” and ensure that the last date of the backup is the same as before done. It is recommended to download the backup file and store it in a safe place for future recovers. The backup file will be updated automatically in Amboss for every channel opening and closing. You could do this too in the “Tools” section in Thunderhub, “Backups” -> “Backup all channels” -> “Download” button.
  7. In Amboss, access “Monitoring” to configure “Healthcheck Settings”.

Feel free to link to Telegram bot notifications, enable different notifications, complete your public node profile in Amboss, and other things in the different sections of your account.

Recovering channels using the ThunderHub method

After possible data corruption of your LND node, ensure that this old node is completely off before starting the recovery. Once you have synced the new node, on-chain recovered with seeds, full on-chain re-scan complete, and Thunderhub installed and running, go to the Thunderhub dashboard.

  1. From the left sidebar, click on "Tools", and go to the "Backups" section -> "Recover Funds from Channels" -> push the "Recover" button.
  2. Enter the complete string text of your previously downloaded channels backup file in the step before and push the “Recover” button. All of the channels that you had opened in your old node will be forced closed and they will appear in the “Pending” tab in the “Channels” section until closings are confirmed

Use this guide as a last resort if you have lost access to your node or are unable to start LND due to a fatal error. This guide will close all your channels. Your funds will become available on-chain at varying speeds.

For the future: ThunderHub update

Follow again Web app page replacing the environment variable VERSION=x.xx value for the latest if it has not been already changed in this guide.

$SU $EDITOR /etc/thunderhub/thubConfig.yaml
  • Restart the service to apply the changes
$SU rc-service thunderhub restart