Welcome to 2020, Lightning community! We’re working to do our part to kick off the new decade right with the release of
lnd v0.9-beta! This latest release includes two new payment types, Multi-Path Payments and Keysend, as well as custom TLV infrastructure that can be used to create even more payment and application types. We’ve also added more sophisticated access control for
lnd nodes thanks to the new Macaroon Bakery (it’s not exactly what it sounds like, but still exciting!). For node operators, there are a series of improvements in
v0.9-beta including additional data about routing peers, more tools for pathfinding, and more automated channel rebalancing. As always, there are a lot of smaller improvements as well, many of which are summarized below and more fully described in the release notes.