A list of 8 Block explorers and what are they exactly ?

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Perhaps you’ve heard the term “block explorer” or “Blockchain browser” before but didn’t understand what it means.

A block explorer allows you to search and navigate through the block chain. Using a block explorer you can check the balance of different Bitcoin public addresses, track coin transfer histories watch how many confirmations a transaction has and get a wide variety of statistics about the network such as the current hash rate and more.

For each block chain there is a different block explorer – so for example you won’t be able to user a Bitcoin block explorer in order to examine Litecoin’s blockchain.

What can you do with a block explorer ?

Usually the block explorer software will supply some or more of the following:

  • a list of a chain’s recent blocks
  • transactions in a given block
  • links to the previous and next transaction involving each input and output
  • a list of all transactions involving a given address
  • current and historical address balances
  • a way to search for blocks, transactions, and addresses

Here’s an example of how to examine a public Bitcoin address using the most popular block explorer today blockchain.info.

I just paste the public address into the block explorer and now I can see how many Bitcoins this wallet holds and its recent transactions.

If I click on a specific transaction a can see details about this transaction such as when it was received, the number of confirmations it has or when it is estimated to be confirmed, the inputs and outputs of this transaction and how many Bitcoins were transferred.

A list of 8 different Bitcoin block explorers

Blockchain.info – The most popular Bitcoin block explorer today. The company also provides a very popular (and recommended) Bitcoin wallet.

Blockr.io – A multi-currency block explorer. Used not only for Bitcoin but also for Litecoin, Peercoin and more. On August 2014 Coinbase purchased Blockr.io (mainly for the talent of the developers).

Blockexplorer.com – Perhaps not as well designed as the others but definitely the longest existing block explorer. The website supplies the basic information for all Bitcoin transactions and wallets.

Insight.is – The Insight REST API provides a convenient, powerful and simple way to read data from the bitcoin network and build your own services with it.

And if you’re still looking for different block explorers you can try one of these as well: BlocktrailBiteasyBTClookBTCplexBitcoinChain.

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Ofir Beigel

Owner at 99 Coins ltd.
Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.

10 Comments

  1. I don’t know why but I’ve gotten used to bitcoinchain.com and I
    like it.

    It’s clearly not the newest looking out there, but it does its job and
    I can’t seem to leave it behind (I’ve tried others as well but I still came
    back to this one).

  2. Jordan Stewart on

    I like blockr.io because it shows me information on Peercoin, Litecoin and Megacoin which all interest me. I also use Blockchain.info because it’s up to date and allows me to search for a lot of important things and it’s easy to use.

  3. Blockexplorer.com sucks! It’s so outdated that I wouldn’t be using
    it even if I was paid to do it! I don’t understand how some people are still
    using this?

  4. Thanks for the list, Ofir! I haven’t tried any of these because I am just beginning to wrap my head around Bitcoins and how they work, but I will surely use some of these sites.

  5. I’ve used Blockexplorer.com from day one and I still like it. I
    must be old style but I would never use another one. This one offers me what I
    need so why would I switch?

  6. Blockchain.info is the greatest block explorer in my opinion. It allows me to search by hash160 or ipv4 address which I use a lot in my searches. It has a friendly interface and I’m very used to it by now. I wouldn’t try any other explorer.

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