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 use
a Bitcoin block explorer in order to examine Litecoin’s blockchain. 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 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 I can see details about this transaction
such as when it was received, the number of confirmations it has, the inputs and outputs of this transaction and how many Bitcoins were transferred. For more information and a list of
over 8 different block explorers you can use, visit, everything you need
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