Blockchain explorers are useful tools. They allow you, for instance, to track transactions or new blocks. They also show you various blockchain network metrics. For example, hash rates, the average transaction fees, or the block size. The Solana blockchain also has a variety of explorers.
So, we look into the Solana Explorer, one of the Solana blockchain explorers. Let’s dive straight into this.
What Is the Solana Explorer?
Solana Explorers let you look up transactions, new blocks, or new accounts, and more. You can do this on the various Solana clusters. The Solana clusters are a set of validators that work together. Many clusters can coexist. They also maintain integrity of the ledger and approve transactions. Here is more information about Solana clusters.
Cluster times have now been added to the Solana Network Explorer. https://t.co/8j5sVgRLds
— Solana (@solana) January 6, 2021
Knowing how a blockchain explorer works can be useful. It lets you troubleshoot or look up information. In this case, related to the Solana blockchain. Other blockchains also have their respective explorers. For example, here are some well-known samples:
All these blockchain explorers share one thing in common. You can find all transaction information and much more on the public ledger. Certain chains take a long time before they confirm a transaction. Especially for new crypto users, this can be nerve-racking. However, on a blockchain explorer, you can follow the progress of these transactions. This can be helpful because now you know that your funds are on their way. The picture below shows a sample of the Solana Explorer.
Source: Solana Explorer
How to Read the Solana Explorer?
If you’re used to reading Etherscan, get ready for a different experience on a Solana Explorer. Compared to Ethereum, Solana has a different architecture. That is to a degree reflected in their explorers. SolScan may be the easiest Solana Explorer to read. Shortly I will get back on SolScan.
The Solana Explorer shows a lot of information. For instance, if I input my wallet address, I can see all transactions that went through this wallet. This includes sending SOL and NFTs to and fro.
So, the explorer provides me with general information. For instance, in the overview, I can see the wallet address and my SOL balance. These are the most important pieces of information that I need. See the picture below:
Below this overview, you can find three different buttons with extra information. The transaction history, my tokens, and domains:
Here I can view each individual transaction that took place in my wallet. See the picture below.
If I click on a specific transaction, it reveals all details of this transaction. You can see, for example, the signature, the result, a timestamp, confirmation status, and more. And there’s a lot more of information available as well if you scroll down. You can also click on all information that shows in green. This will open up a new screen with new and more information. See the picture below.
Here you can find a list of your Solana NFTs. If you click on one, you get to see the following screen. It shows, among others, the max total supply and the current supply, and the seller fee.
There are another six buttons, that show the following:
This allows you to see all the previous owners and how much they paid.
This follows the same principle in case you own any domains. If you enter a transaction or block number, you can find similar information. However, this information is more specific to whatever your input is. In other words, a transaction shows different information than a block or an account.
This is the end of Part 1. Here is Part 2.
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