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The 7 Best Bitcoin Blockchain Explorers

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A Bitcoin blockchain explorer lets you view transactions, wallet details, and the very blocks that make up the ledger. In that, a Bitcoin blockchain explorer is similar to an internet search engine, allowing you to trawl through masses of data to pinpoint the information you need.

Here are the seven best Bitcoin blockchain explorers.

1. Blockchain.com Block Explorer

Blockchain’s Block Explorer is one of the most popular Bitcoin blockchain explorers. It has a very easy to use interface, listing each blockchain exploration option in a handy list. Options include a block checker, transaction monitor and checker, an updating average fee graph, the current hash rate, mining difficulty, and more.

You can also switch the Blockchain.com Block Explorer to analyze Ethereum or Bitcoin Cash, though there are significantly fewer options for those blockchains.

Another decent Blockchain.com feature is its Data and Charts section. The Charts frequently update with new data, allowing for deeper analysis of blockchain trends than you might otherwise find. The Charts include sections for Bitcoin as a currency, Bitcoin block details (like average size or transactions per block), mining information, Bitcoin network activity, and Bitcoin wallet activity.

Overall, Blockchain.com delivers an interesting overview of the Bitcoin blockchain without overwhelming you with information. It is a great resource for both Bitcoin newbies and veterans.

Unsure about blockchains? Here’s a simple explanation of what a blockchain is.

2. Blockchair

Blockchair is aiming to “become Google for blockchains.” Blockchair certainly provides a wealth of information, and for several cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin.

One of Blockchair’s best features is the ability to search for embedded text data stored in Bitcoin blocks (or other cryptocurrencies). You can home in on transactions with specific notes or instructions, or see if people have added amusing text to the blockchain. Another feature which I’m sure many will love is dark mode.

The Blockchair Bitcoin explorer itself provides a data-full panel, with information on daily circulation, transactions per block, the current on-chain volume, transactions per second, and much more. Another useful feature is the blockchain comparison tool which shows you current blockchain stats for each token tracked on the site.

3. BlockCypher

BlockCypher is an open-source Bitcoin blockchain explorer you can use to find out a wealth of information.

You can use BlockCypher to find out the “standard” range of blockchain explorer information, such as block size and the number of transactions per block. But BlockCypher also includes some pretty decent additional tools, too. For instance, you can check how long the confirmation of a block might take, handy for figuring out when your transaction will process.

BlockCypher also supports the blockchain exploration of Litecoin, Dash, Dogecoin, and Grin.

4. CoinMarketCap Blockchain Explorer

The CoinMarketCap Blockchain Explorer is one of the newest additions to the blockchain explorer toolbox. CoinMarketCap is already an extremely popular site for checking the market capitalization of Bitcoin and hundreds of other cryptocurrencies. A Bitcoin blockchain explorer is a welcome addition to the CoinMarketCap roster.

The CoinMarketCap Blockchain Explorer presents with a friendly UI. I particularly like the easy to read graph illustrating the number of transactions per block and the simplistic data layout. It is basic but gets the job done.

5. Tokenview

Tokenview is another relatively new addition to the Bitcoin blockchain explorer list. Tokenview’s Bitcoin blockchain exploration tools include up to date pending transaction lists, mining and block information including the block winners (the person or mining pool that collects the block reward), the daily trading levels, active Bitcoin wallet addresses per day, and much more.

The site itself can load a little slowly (I tried in four browsers). However, once Tokenview loads, I found the rest of the site navigation fast. Another massive plus for Tokenview is the sheer range of Bitcoin alternatives you can explore. Tokenview features blockchain exploration tools for Ethereum, Litecoin, TRON, Monero, Dash, NEO, Ontology, ZCash, and over 65 more cryptocurrencies, with frequent new additions.

6. BTC.com

From one of the new kids on the block to one of the elder statesmen of Bitcoin blockchain exploration. BTC.com is one of the largest mining pools around, regularly featuring on the list of the last claimed block rewards. The BTC.com mining pool hash rate also regularly tops out the lists too, making it one of the most attractive and profitable Bitcoin mining pools.

Like the other Bitcoin block explorers, BTC.com features an intuitive UI that any user should negotiate with relative ease. Aside from the regular Bitcoin blockchain explorer features such as transaction history and Bitcoin block size, BTC.com has a few features to differentiate from the competition.

For instance, if you enter a Bitcoin wallet address, you receive the transaction history as well as any “Mentions.” The Mentions tab shows you where the Bitcoin wallet address has been mentioned online, allowing you to figure out who is discussing or sharing the address.

7. TradeBlock

TradeBlock offers Bitcoin blockchain explorer users a minimalist environment to track down transactions and search for wallets. Even though TradeBlock has a simple design, it is a fully-featured Bitcoin blockchain explorer that offers the essential range of tools you expect.

TradeBlock has some handy additional features, too. For instance, the Historical tab is home to a Bitcoin historical data chart. You can alter the data sets on display using the Settings pane on the right. Use the drop-down boxes to make comparisons of transaction value, block size, hash rate, mining difficulty, and more. Furthermore, the Mining tab provides a host of information on Bitcoin mining as well as a mining calculator.

What Is the Best Bitcoin Blockchain Explorer?

For me, it is a toss-up between Blockchain.com and Blockchair. Both options offer a host of tools for blockchain exploration, are easy to use, and return an excellent range of Bitcoin blockchain data. Blockchair wins it in terms of the blockchain data you can access, delving deeper and provider a wider scope of analysis.

Each of the Bitcoin blockchain explorers on this list will help you find the data you are looking on the blockchain. Take a little time and figure out which option works best for your requirements.

Looking for an Ethereum-specific blockchain explorer? Check out Joe’s rundown of the five best Ethereum blockchain explorers.

Gavin Phillips
Gavin saw the potential in Bitcoin back in 2010, but was a dirt poor student living on eggs and without a penny to invest. Since then, he’s been tracking the development of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and he’s written about blockchain for several publications and ICO whitepapers, including Envilope.
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