A block explorer or blockchain explorer is a program or website accessible through a compatible browser that allows a user to search and navigate the blocks of a blockchain network and their content. Almost all cryptocurrencies have an online block explorer which can be used by users of a blockchain network. A block explorer is basically a browser for the blockchain which allows users to explore the entire blockchain platform they are using, providing valuable information, not just transaction tracking. A point worth mentioning is that you can’t use a block explorer for a blockchain it wasn’t mean for, for example you can’t track Ethereum transactions with a Bitcoin block explorer.
A blockchain network encompasses complex formats for denoting nodes, addresses, transactions and block numbers, the job of the block explorer is to display all this information in a readable format which can be understood with the naked eye. The information is structured in the form of a standard website, which include a series of hyperlinks that can be clicked in order to easily switch from one piece of data to another.
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