A block explorer is a tool used to view and search the blocks, transactions, and balances within a blockchain. It works like a search engine for a blockchain network.
For an enterprise business, it enables transparency and verification. Companies can use block explorers to track transactions, verify the status of payments, and audit financial records, all in real time. This accessibility to information enhances trust and fuels business reporting in operations tied to blockchain-backed applications.
A block explorer functions as an online interface that accesses and displays information from a blockchain. It connects to a blockchain network's node, retrieving detailed data about blocks, transactions, and wallet addresses. Users can search for specific transactions, addresses, or blocks, and the explorer presents this information in an understandable format.
A block explorer allows users to view the status of transactions, contents of individual blocks, and the balance of specific addresses. This is essential for tracking and verifying transactions on the blockchain. By transforming complex raw data into an easily navigable interface, a block explorer provides insight into the operations and history of a blockchain network.
The Kaleido Block Explorer is an environment-specific console that provides realtime and historical snapshots of the blockchain. It can be leveraged for both high-level analytics (e.g. chain height, commonly called contracts, transaction rate, etc.) and more granular insights (e.g. block contents, transaction hashes, sending accounts, etc.).
Use the search bar to jump directly to a specific subset of the ledger. The search bar accepts three valid inputs:
By default, the Block Explorer home screen displays the 25 most recent blocks on the chain. As mentioned above, blocks are minted in accordance with the consensus protocol’s system configuration and do not necessarily contain transactions. Click the block number to see the contents of a specific block.
Transactions are listed chronologically with the most recent transaction at the top of the list. The transaction table exposes truncated values for transaction hash and the sending account. Additionally, if the transaction is a smart contract deployment, it is denoted with a 'New Contract Created' tag.