If you are a beginner and want to know what’s going on within the Ethereum network, then you need to become familiar with block explorers.
They are extremely useful tools for checking on the state of the network, individual transfers, addresses, balances, contract calls and much more. Many also provide all needed details around tokens.
But which one should you be using? Let’s explore the options we have.
I have already found 19 explorers and keep updating. If there are any other explorers, which I haven't mentioned and you are aware of, please let me know in the comments.
I will do my best to add it to my list and review it properly. TBH I never thought that there are so many of them. This is a good sign and shows that a lot is going on in the crypto space, especially in the Ethereum network.
ETHERSCAN, ETHPLORER, ETHERCHAIN, BLOCKSCOUT, ENJINX, BLOCKCHAIN.COM, BTC.COM, BLOXY, AMBER DATA, ETHECTIVE, ETHSTATS, BLOCKCHAIR, TRIVIAL, MINERGATE, COINMARKETCAP, ICOWEB.COM, ETH.BTC.COM, ALETH.IO,
NEWEST ONE - TOKENVIEW
ETHERSCAN - the first, original and overall best block explorer for Ethereum. You can check pretty much anything, diving deep into mined blocks, transactions, addresses. It’s got a load of other cool tools like checkers for gas, nodes, DEXs, along with some interesting charts & stats. It’s very easy to see what has been coming in and out an address, and for each transaction, you can check status (in real-time), block height, gas stats, tx cost, etc. They also have a comprehensive token list (covering both ERC-20 & ERC-721), where you can see the various assets that have been launched on Ethereum and dig into details like: top holders, price history, volume, circulating supply, ICO info, exchanges, etc.
ETHPLORER has a chart that tracks the $ price of your address balance, and also shows transfer volume. A solid focus on ERC-20 tokens, and you can find most of the key information (although they lack descriptions and links). It’s easy to see at a glance the token balance in your address, as well as the price fluctuations. Every token has a profile, where you can check the ‘pulse’, which reveals the price as well as on-chain ‘operations’ (transaction count).
ETHERCHAIN is very similar to Etherscan, with a slightly more appealing interface. It’s got a lot of similar charts and tools (one unique thing I noticed was the Unit Converter, useful if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a WEI, Szabo or Finney). The address overview is compact and gives you all the required info, and it’s very easy to see what you have sent and received over time (displayed in chart form as well, by clicking on ‘History’ tab). A major feature that is lacking is the token explorer. Input a token address and you will not get anything useful.
BLOCKSCOUT covers everything on Ethereum, from transactions and block information, token values to sidechains and private chains. The address interface has everything you would expect to see and identifies clearly between transactions, token transfers, contract calls, and so on, which is very useful and lacking in most other explorers. The token explorer is however very limited and not pulling through recent transfers, but as a note informs, the chain is still being indexed, so I hope this aspect will be improved over time.
ENJINX is a very fast and nice-looking explorer that was just released in December 2018 by the EnjinCoin team. It not only supports Ethereum (along with ERC-20, 721 & 1155 tokens) but also Bitcoin and Litecoin. The address interface crams a lot into a tabular format, which might be a bit crowded for some. However, the key info is all clearly displayed, with token transfers separated into its own tab. The token explorer covers basic details, holders and transfers.
BLOXY is one serious piece of kit. If it’s happening on Ethereum, Bloxy is intent on letting you know about it. For simply checking transactions, it’s a bit of overkill, and quite confusing when you first fire it up. However, if you want to see everything that is going on within your address, this is where you need to go.
Some features: sent + received, activities by month graph, calls to smart contracts, relations with other addresses, portfolio analysis, notifications, on-chain activities (daily + monthly graphs), transfers, contract calls, holders (distributions, historical growth, owner intersection with other tokens), DEX trades.
Bloxy covers ERC-20, 721, 223 + 827. While you can see the most transferred tokens at a glance. A couple more things: great API, and very cool Analytical Reports.
AMBER DATA is similar to Bloxy, in that you can access some intriguing data around transactions and tokens. It also lists ERC-721 collectibles in an appealingly visual way. However, Amber Data feels a bit limited, and the interface is confusing. For example, while it’s easy to see what’s been sent and received, you can only view a graph of account history for 30 days, and ‘No Addresses were found’ for Incoming Volume by Address. The token view has some nice graphs (especially Incoming Volume by Address) but again limited to only 30 days. The Contract Activity and Adoption & Usage graphs I do not find especially useful, due to the confusing terms that are poorly defined (eg. EOA to Contract Transactions or Unique Address Interactions).
ETHECTIVE could be a great help for our forum investigators because has a very interesting way to visualize the Ethereum network, which makes exploring transfers much more interactive. It’s quite easy to get lost in the maze of transfers and connections, but nonetheless, a cool tool for seeing how active an address is, and where the larger transactions are heading to and from. A nice touch is the categorization of addresses, so you can easily identify whales, small fish, exchanges, scams, etc.
ETHSTATS this explorer takes some time to get familiar with it, but once you do it’s seriously cool and very beautiful to look at. The address interface shows you the value of your portfolio, with the distribution of ETH and tokens, charting the rise and fall over time. Of course, you can dive deeper into the transactions, and it even visualizes where exactly in the block your transaction fell.
BLOCKCHAIR - block explorer and the most powerful API for BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, DASH, BSV and DOGE (many more will be added) that allows you to find, sort and filter transactions and addresses. Very handy to check multiple currencies with great visualization. Look up Ethereum (ETH) blocks, transactions, addresses, smart contracts but there is no token information. I think another useful explorer on the list.
TRIVIAL - provides information and insights into ERC-20 tokens on Ethereum. If token exploration is your thing then this tool will do all the magic needed. Very detailed and this is what is missing sometimes in other explorers. When it goes to ETH tokens exploration TRIVIAL is the place to go.
Quote Trivial.co is a research platform for crypto investors created by investors. Provide independent analysis and comprehensive information for due diligence and educated decisions.
This means that one will find there a lot of useful information about tokens and cryptocurrencies.
MinerGate - explorer supports the following currencies: Aeoncoin (AEON), Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Bytecoin (BCN), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Fantomcoin (FCN), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), Monero Classic (XMC) and Zcash (ZEC). MinerGate was founded on the 24th of March, 2014. It was the first mining pool for Cryptonote based currencies. MinerGate is an open-source multi-cryptocurrency mining pool and GUI. Blockchain explorer enables users to see confirmed and unconfirmed transactions in real-time.
CoinMarketCap - If we look at the Block Explorer by CoinMarketCap in terms of functionality carefully, we will find that it runs quite parallel to the other block explorers that are already in the market. On opening the block explorer on the first page, you will get information such as overview, and general information about BTC, ETH, and LTC. This information includes things such as the market value of the cryptos, current and the maximum number of coins in circulation in the crypto market, the on-going hash-rate, information about the volume, and so on.
Further, users get access to information about some addresses. They can explore the revealed crypto balances, details on the inbound transactions as well as the outbound transactions, the on-going fee, and information of the amount which has been already transacted. One can also get information about the ‘state of Bitcoin BTC, LTC and Ethereum ETH blockchains’ too.
Icoweb.com is a regular explorer for ETH, BTC, ETC and a couple of other cryptocurrencies. There is a lot more and to call Icoweb.com is just not enough. It is a big service with multiple info about ICO's, cryptocurrencies, exchanges, news and many more.
I have to admit that I was quite surprised when I found this web page that I have never seen it before. It is a really good service where crypto enthusiasts can find much useful information about almost everything from the crypto space. It is very handy to have it all in one place.
Eth.btc.com/ - another new tool for the Ethereum network. This explorer has all that you need to check the ETH network state. Tokens, addresses, transfers, verify contracts, minings stats, pending Txns, upgrades, internal Txns, pools distribution, latest transactions and many more. Really well-made explorer with nice graphics. There is no problem to find a way the page because is userfriendly and works very smoothly.
ALETH.IO BLOCKCHAIN EXPLORER
Aleth.io - is a powerful blockchain data, analytics & visualization platform. Recently released Core API product & Alethio Analytics tool suite for Ethereum. Give fast access to synthesized, indexed data in real-time. Thanks, to Core API, we can make more informed decisions based on meaningful on-chain activity & analytics but this is just the beginning because Aleth.io is built from many different components.
If you want to know more about ALETH.IO, here is my full review: Aleth.io - The Best Ethereum Data Analytics Platform.
ALETH.IO BLOCKCHAIN EXPLORER - I think this is the best explorer I have seen so far!!!. Built to boldly take you where no blockchain explorer has gone before. Discover, view, filter and analyze data on blocks, contracts, transactions, and accounts. Is very detailed about transactions and tokens. Gives so much information on everything that I had to find additional information on the web because some of them I have seen for the first time about Ethereum transactions. Additionally, there is also and lightweight version of the explorer.
Tokenview - mainly advertised as an Ethereum explorer with all detailed information about the ETH network and tokens, but to be honest, Tokenview is much more than that because it is multi-cryptocurrency query blockchain explorer developed by the team of Beijing Elegine Technology, which aims to provide clients with a one-stop information query service by using the world’s latest technology. Tokenview allows you to search wallet address, transaction, latest block, block height, and other information for hundreds of cryptocurrencies like: BTC, ETH, ERC20 Tokens, BCH, ETC, LEC, ZCASH, DASH, DOGE, etc. Continuously supporting new crypto-currencies and adding new features, Tokenview will always be a very powerful and professional blockchain explorer.
Tokenview offers so many useful tools that I don't know where to start, so lets begin from:
- Blockchain Info Query (Address, Transaction, Latest Blocks, Block Height, Hash, Crypto-currency summary, Whitepaper, latest news, etc.).
- In-depth Data Analysis (Rich List, Market Changes, Token Holders, Token Balance, etc.).
- User Center (Address Tracking, Transaction Remarks, Data Customization, Honor System, Honor Center, etc.), needs signup.
- App Support (Available in iOS, Android, search blockchain data and receive the latest data analytics push anywhere, anytime_.