The Ethereum-based platform providing an open-source framework for smart contracts, POA Network, has launched the first full featured open-source Ethereum block explorer called BlockScout.
A user-friendly and secure tool, BlockScout allows for users to search and explore balances, addresses and transactions on the POA Network, Ethereum Classic and Ethereum blockchains. Being the next generation of block explorers, it enables users to view comprehensive data on token transfers, balances, blocks and transactions both in days gone by and as they take place in real-time on an in-built interface.
Because it is the first full featured Ethereum explorer tool that has open-source code, anyone can chip in to its development and modify it to meet their own requirements.
Developers also benefit from BlockScout’s support for ERC-721 and ERC-20 tokens, a flexible API and comprehensive functionality. The additional features of the tool include real-time tracking of block confirmations, smart contract querying and smart contract verification.
POA Network tech lead Igor Barinov said in a press release CoinReport received from Wachsman, POA Network’s communications agency, “While building POA Network, we realized the existing block explorer options were closed source and limited in functionality. This meant we couldn’t propose updates, contribute to development or integrate sidechain platforms. BlockScout sets a new standard for blockchain exploration tools by providing detailed insights for users looking to easily verify transactions on the Ethereum blockchain, sidechains, and private chains.”
BlockScout was initially funded by POA Network and a grant from ETHPrize. Its beta version was launched on GitHub for community feedback in August following approximately a year of development. The block explorer, with over 2,000 commits and 27 community contributors, has grown into a feature-rich product meeting the requirement for a solid block explorer operating on several blockchains, said the news release we received.
“It’s thanks to the hard work of our technical contributors and the detailed feedback from our dedicated community that BlockScout is so advanced in functionality,” said BlockScout project lead Andrew Cravenho. “We are proud to deliver a high-quality product that is open and available to all users, and remain committed to closely collaborating with our ever-expanding community to refine and strengthen BlockScout.”
BlockScout is available here .
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