A block explorer is a helpful resource that allows people to view and interact with the contents of a blockchain, providing a user-friendly interface for viewing all the necessary information.
A blockchain explorer is one of the most critical analysis tools in the crypto industry. It allows users to view the essential information of a network in a readable format, such as the transaction history, the status of a transaction, the movements or balances of different addresses, the mined blocks, or details of a particular block.
This tool is a valuable resource also for developers, who can use them to debug and test applications that interact with the blockchain.
Many block explorers are available online and often have different features and capabilities. Usually, every network has its block explorer, but some aren’t focused only on a particular network but support multiple blockchains.
A blockchain explorer uses APIs, rational databases, and SQL databases alongside a blockchain node to retrieve information from a network. First, the software collects and organizes data into a database and shows them in a searchable format. Then, it can perform searches through an organized table in response to user demands through a simple user interface, allowing users to do their research. After that, the explorer server creates a web page to interact with people, and an API enables the explorer to interface with other computers. Finally, the user’s requests are sent to the backend server, which responds to the user interface. In the end, the user interface and API send web pages in HTML format to the user’s browser so the results can be read easily.