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POA Network launches BlockScout, an open-source Ethereum block explorer

POA Network launches BlockScout, an open-source Ethereum block explorer
As a full-featured Ethereum explorer tool boasting open-source code, BlockScout lets anyone contribute to its development and customize the tool to suit their own needs.

POA Network, the Ethereum-based platform offering an open-source framework for smart contracts, has unveiled BlockScout, a full-featured block explorer tool for the Ethereum ecosystem. BlockScout is an easy-to-use and secure tool that lets users search and explore transactions, addresses, and balances on the Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and POA Network blockchains.

BlockScout represents the next generation of block explorers, letting users view detailed information on blocks, balances, transactions, and token transfers both in the past and as they occur in real-time on an intuitive interface. BlockScout offers developers broad functionality, a flexible API, and support for ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens.

Additional features include smart contract verification, smart contract querying, and real-time tracking of block confirmations.

“While building POA Network, we realized the existing block explorer options were closed source and limited in functionality. This meant we couldn’t propose updates, contribute to development or integrate sidechain platforms. BlockScout sets a new standard for blockchain exploration tools by providing detailed insights for users looking to easily verify transactions on the Ethereum blockchain, sidechains, and private chains.”

Igor Barinov, Tech Lead of POA Network

Initially funded by POA Network and a grant from ETHPrize, a beta version of BlockScout was released on GitHub for community input in August 2018 after nearly a year of development. With more than 2,000 commits and 27 community contributors, BlockScout has matured into a feature-rich product that meets the need for a robust block explorer functioning on multiple blockchains.

“It’s thanks to the hard work of our technical contributors and the detailed feedback from our dedicated community that BlockScout is so advanced in functionality. We are proud to deliver a high-quality product that is open and available to all users, and remain committed to closely collaborating with our ever-expanding community to refine and strengthen BlockScout.”

Andrew Cravenho, BlockScout Project Lead

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