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What is a block explorer, and how can I view a wallet's history?
What is a block explorer, and how can I view a wallet's history?

A basic overview of how to use block explorers

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Written by Matt
Updated over a week ago

What is a block explorer?

A block explorer is a place where you can view every wallet address (and its history), along with every transaction and details that have been recorded on a blockchain network. They are very helpful for diagnosing issues with a transaction or wallet balance. All of the information shown on a block explorer is public.

You can find the block explorer for each 1inch-supported network here:

These tools will allow you to search for transactions, wallet addresses, tokens, ENS name tags, labels, and even websites.

***Note: Both transaction hashes and wallet addresses will always start with "0x", however the transaction hash is a longer string of characters.

How to view/read a transaction (basic)

To look up a specific transaction on a block explorer, simply copy and paste your transaction hash / ID from your wallet app or the 1inch dApp interface, into the search bar.

***To find the transaction hash / ID on the 1inch desktop site, click your address in the upper right corner of the page, then "Transaction History". There you will be able to see all of your transactions and associated hashes.

In this example, we will use the following transaction: 0x310e289e9fa47affd73f1224e8686df0fb04c763617c7bccf5a3bc3a71baa66d

In this transaction, a user successfully swapped 3,000 USDT for .0957 ETH (shown under "Transaction Action"). The contract that facilitated the swap was the 1inch v4: Router, and routed the swap through the 'Sushiswap' Liquidity Source. The total gas fee paid amounts to .011295. At first glance, you might think that the user wanted to swap USDT->WETH; however, you can see under the "Interacted with (To)" category that after receiving WETH, the contract then swapped the WETH for ETH, and sent the ETH to the user's wallet:

The wallet that initiated the swap is shown under the "From" category:

How to view a wallet address (basic):

To look up a specific wallet address on a block explorer, simply copy and paste the address from your wallet app or the 1inch dApp interface, into the search bar. (We will use the address from the transaction example above.)

Here, you will be able to view all of the existing assets within the wallet, along with a complete history of all transactions.

In addition to basic transaction history, you can also view different categories such as: Internal transactions, ERC20 Token transactions (a similar breakdown to basic transactions, just categorized by ERC20 tokens instead of native tokens, i.e. ETH), ERC115 Token transactions, and Analytics, and public Comments on the wallet.

For more info on which tools are best for tracking digital asset transactions, check out this Ledger article here.

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