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  • How Does A Blockchain Explorer Work?

    In simple terms, blockchain explorers can be considered the Google of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Users can access various information regarding transactions on a specific blockchain or wallet address including transaction amount, transaction status, destination of each fund, amount source, etc. Blockchain explorers can extract all data virtually regarding blockchain, wallets, and transactions including hidden messages and rich lists.

    What is a blockchain explorer?

    A blockchain explorer is a software that uses blockchain node and API to get information regarding a blockchain and utilizes the database to organize the data searched and displays the data in front of the user in the most searchable format. The inputs of the user will be searchable terms on the blockchain explorer and they will be searched using an arranged table available on the database. The blockchain explorer will be already keeping arranged data collected from the blockchain in a table format. 

    Blockchain explorers allow most users to search and find data regarding the blocks recently mined and the recent transactions in a blockchain. They help you to view a real-time feed of mined blocks along with all their details. Some functions of a blockchain explorer are

    • Get details about the transaction history of a wallet address. Thus, you can audit the details of any wallet address and increase the blockchain’s transparency.
    • Find the wallet address as well as the change address. Along with getting the receiving address of the transaction, you can also view the change address. This is an output that offers the crypto return to the spender, avoiding more value going as a transaction fee. It can also enhance the transparency feature of the blockchain. 
    • Find the biggest transaction on a particular day. Only some blockchain explorers allow this feature.
    • Find Mempool status. It will give details of the unconfirmed transactions happening on a blockchain along with their details.
    • Find double-spend transactions. Some of the blockchain explorers allow you to find the number of double-spend transactions happening in the blockchain.
    • Find stale and orphaned blocks. Such blocks are not linked to the longest blockchain despite being mined, and the parent blockchain remains unknown. Stale blocks will know the parents, but they won’t be attached to the longest blockchain. Some of the blockchain explorers allow users to view the number of such blocks that the blockchain identifies. 
    • Find the miner. Many mining pools and individuals compete to verify blocks in a blockchain. Using blockchain explorer, users are the miner of a block with its height.
    • Find Genesis blocks. Blockchain explorers allow you to find the first mined block on a blockchain, the miner, and other details.
    • Find out transaction fees, hash rate, blockchain complexity, etc.

    Final Thoughts

    The development of blockchain explorers happened to view and get more details about crypto transactions to ensure the transparency of both blockchain and transactions. Blockchain explorers can be used to find transaction histories of the blockchain, the balance amount in the wallet, transaction status, miner/mining pool of a block, genesis block, orphaned blocks, block height, etc.