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🐝 Alby Account and Browser Extension
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🏠 Account & Browser Extension

We know these things might be confusing. Here we prepared a simple breakdown of features of the Alby Account and the Alby Browser Extension

ACCOUNT

Your custodial supercharged Lightning Wallet.
🐝 sweet custodial lightning wallet
🐝 sign-up and recover with your e-mail
🐝 your customized [email protected] LN address
🐝 control it via getalby.com, the browser extension or Blue/Zeus on mobile
🐝 receive payments notification and summaries
🐝 connect your LND node to @getAlby address and receive payments to your own node
🐝 customize your tipping page, LN address, avatar
🐝 top-up your account with Lightning sats, on-chain Bitcoin or via debit card
🐝 use with Podcasting 2.0 and NWC apps
🐝 zap seamlessly in Nostr mobile apps
🐝 verify your Nostr profile (NIP-05)

EXTENSION

🧩 manage multiple wallets
🧩 use Lightning and Nostr apps on the web (your Bitcoin & Nostr companion!)
🧩 connect to your own node or Alby Account
🧩 hosted on your device, no one sees your keys & actions
🧩 holds your keys to Nostr, LN-Auth
🧩 recovered by Master Key / 12-word seed phrase
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Features of the Alby browser extension and how to use them
Features of the Alby lightning account and how to use it.
🌐 Alby Website​
📝 Alby Blog​
📚 Alby Developer Guide​
🚀 Alby Discover LN apps ​
🛠️ Github​
💬 Community Chat​

FAQ

How do I install the Alby Browser Extension?
You can download and install the Alby Browser Extension for Chromium- and Firefox-based browsers, like Google Chrome, Brave, Mozilla Firefox, Tor Browser, Microsoft Edge, Opera. Download them to your browser! Make sure to pin the extension to the browser bar after installation.
Do I need bitcoin to use the Alby browser extension?
No, you don't need bitcoin to use the Alby Browser Extension. You can still log in to various websites using your Lightning wallet or use Nostr, without sats on your balance. You can quickly top up your wallet balance using these options.
How do I get bitcoin into my wallet in the Alby Browser Extension?
You can quickly top up your wallet balance using these options.
Why do I need an unlock password?
The Alby Browser Extension unlock password is necessary to lock it and prevent access from another person using Alby in the same browser. Therefore the password is comparable to a PIN from your mobile phone. It is also used to encrypt and decrypt the connection data (i.e. macaroons, passwords and other credentials).
Can I trust the software?
It is important to understand that the Alby browser extension is a full client-side application if you connect your own Lightning wallet. It comes without any tracking software. There is no connection to any Alby organization if you use your own Lightning wallet. Hence, no data is exchanged with us and you only trust the software with your data. The Alby browser extension is free and open software. The source code is completely available on GitHub for anybody to compile and use, including instructions on how to build the browser extension yourself.
I lost my password to the extension
Enter an invalid password and below the password field you will see 'Reset now and add a new account'. Click on that and it gives you the onboarding screen again. Simply choose a new password and connect your lighting account again.
You might see your old accounts which are unusable because they can no longer be decrypted. Simply delete those from the accounts list and add them back again.
Can I trust Alby and the software?
It is important to understand that the Alby browser extension is a full client-side application if you connect your own bitcoin lightning wallet. It comes without any tracking software. There is no connection to any Alby organization if you use your own bitcoin lightning wallet. Hence, no data is exchanged with us and you only trust the software with your data. The Alby browser extension is free and open-source software.
Do i have to sign-up for an Alby Account to use the Alby Browser Extension?
No, you can use the Alby Browser Extension without using an Alby Account by connecting your own bitcoin lightning node to the extension. The Alby Browser Extension supports several node and wallet providers. You will find the list with full instructions during the installation process.
Can I have my own personal Lightning address from Alby?
Yes, you can make your own personalized lightning address on setting up Alby for free. You can even use your own web domain as your lightning address together with an Alby lightning address.
Can I use Alby on Nostr?
Yes. Alby is your companion for the Nostr network with different services. Safely managing Nostr keys is one of these services. You'll find more here.
Can I use Alby for Bitcoin NFTs (Ordinals with inscriptions)?
Yes. You can buy and manage your Bitcoin NFTs with Alby. Just follow these steps.
I am a developer how can I use the Alby browser extension for my web project?
The Alby browser extension services as the bridge between the user's wallet and web apps. As A web developer you can create superior UX and onboard new users quickly by implementing the open WebLN standard.
How can I get involved and contribute to the Alby Browser Extension?
The Alby Browser extension is an open-source software. We welcome everybody (designers, developers, content creators and marketers) to make Alby better. Have a look at the contributor guide as developer, designer and join our Telegram group and community calls: Dates for 2023
Thursday 6th April Thursday 24th August
Thursday 20th April Thursday 7th September
Thursday 4th May Thursday 21st September
Thursday 18th May Thursday 5th October
Thursday 1st June Thursday 19th October
Thursday 15th June Thursday 2nd November
Thursday 29th June Thursday 16th November
Thursday 13th July Thursday 30th November
Thursday 27th July Thursday 14th December
Thursday 10th August Thursday 28th December
All calls take place at 3PM UTC on Jitsi. We hope to see you there.

Something is missing? Contact us!

If you can't find what you need here: - Suggest improving the guide by e-mailing us directly - Visit our community Telegram chat, where you'll find lots of people happy to help you (users, team members, builders) - Check our Youtube channel for tutorials - Check our GitHub profile or if you need more support, you can even schedule a 1:1 call​
We can't wait to see you using Alby! 😀 💃🏽 💪🏽
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