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Receiving Lightning Payments

As explained in API Entities section, in order to receive Lightning Network payments through the ZEBEDEE Platform, you must first create a Charge. A Charge accepts the following attributes:

amountStringThe Charge amount (in millisatoshis).
descriptionStringThe Charge description (also applied as the description to the associated BOLT11 Lightning invoice).
internalIdStringAn optional free-use attribute. Usually used by setting the Player/User ID of your Game/Application in order to link specific Charges to specific Players.
callbackUrlStringThe URL ZEBEDEE services will make a POST HTTP request to with information about the Charges's status updates.
expiresInNumberThe desired expiration time for this Charge (in seconds).

To create a Charge, use the /charges API (or leverage one of our SDKs) by passing the correct attributes:

// Using ZEBEDEE's NodeJS SDK
import { createCharge, initAPI } from 'zebedee-nodejs';

// Instantiate the API
const apiOptions = { apiKey: 'API_KEY_HERE' };

// Set the payload
const payload = {
expiresIn: 300,
amount: '50000',
description: 'My Custom Charge Description',
callbackUrl: '',
internalId: '11af01d092444a317cb33faa6b8304b8',

// Create Charge
try {
const response = await createCharge(payload);
} catch(error) {
console.log({ error });

If the submitted request suceeds, you can expect a JSON API response that resembles the following:

"message": "Successfully created Charge.",
"data": {
"id": "c121356b-9671-4fbd-a751-987fb4b3d0b3",
"description": "Description of the Charge",
"createdAt": "2019-12-23T03:58:17.993Z",
"callbackUrl": "http://localhost/callback",
"internalId": "11af01d092444a317cb33faa6b8304b8",
"amount": "2000",
"status": "pending",
"invoice": {
"expiresAt": "2019-12-23T04:08:18.038Z",
"request": "lnbc20n1p0qqw66pp5lhjn2sshvh03h2lsxyzg5eyfwt0760207q3hake25fs7l3psegtqdpgg3jhxcmjd9c8g6t0dcsx7e3qw35x2gzrdpshyem9cqzpgxqzjcfppjramjf8sxnvy3k8dq84kv56dy5gq9mlqs9qy9qsqsp5jvf69w282jdxkyt824dn0crxdentx8nvncfdt0ulqp75lvkjpagqqwpgcttpmfzaxc3akfn85jlu8cmtv5l2hu8q3yqttru8vlryg3vnewssy8w00yyfsghzqj03j45kj3uhhjek6q6e8djfu5u4gna6wjcqdsdhwe"

Receiving Funds

Now that you have created a Charge, you can allow gamers and users to pay this Bitcoin Lightning Network invoice. Depending on your use-case you may choose to display the invoice.request as a QR Code that others can scan with their mobile apps, or you can put it under a button click. Any Lightning-capable Wallets can read, decode, and effect payments against these Charges.

Charge Updates

All Charges will either complete or expire. If no payment is effected until the Charge's expiration time, the Charge (and Lightning invoice) will expire and will therefore no longer be payable. To know the status of your specific Charge, check the status attribute returned from the CreateCharge or GetChargeDetails API calls.

"status": "pending" // pending | completed | expired | error

To subscribe to updates on any given Charge object, the recommended approach is to provide a callbackUrl property when creating that Charge. Whenever there are updates to the Charge (a payment was made, or Charge expires) the ZBD API will make a POST request to the URL provided in callbackUrl, passing the Charge updates as data in the request.