Warning: Lightning network software is still in beta phase, so it is recommended to use small amounts of bitcoin testnet size. A list of lightning network stores for the testnet can be found here. If you are a non-technical user, you can try lightning with a mobile wallet. Know a store not listed here?
For other lightning network resources visit LNroute or Lopp. Like all DIY tutorials they make assumptions about things and are subject to external libraries and software being updated or changed. I periodically test and update these steps for changes or additions, but I can’t guarantee that some troubleshooting won’t be needed to get your node up and running. PRELIMINARIES This tutorial is to install Bitcoin Core v0. Options are given to install the GUI and wallet or not.