I recently started running
bitcoind on a local Debian host, and I am still learning how to use the information in the local copy of the bitcoin blockchain.
I would like to extract all the information for one or more public bitcoin addresses currently available in the full node locally 1. EDIT 2: I want to do this both from the
bash command line and programmatically. (IOW: no GUI-based tools, please.)
I recently learned that, contrary to my initial expectation, bitcoin core is not suitable for performing this sort of query.
Therefore, I went back to Google, but I've come up empty 3. Hence I'm posting my question here.
Specifically, I would like to know
- what software (preferably in the form of one or more Debian packages) would I need to install on the local full node that would enable me to extract all the information for one or more public bitcoin addresses currently available in the full node locally;
- how exactly would I use this software to perform such queries.
1 I want to do this without reference to any specific wallet. Having to add this requirement feels extremely weird to me (like having to add the requirement that answers to my question should work seven days a week). This is a clear sign to me that there is still at least one pretty gigantic gap and/or confusion in my understanding of bitcoin, because I don't understand why a wallet should be even relevant to the kind of query I want to do. I would have thought that a wallet would be, at most, an optional piece of information to modify the query, not an essential input for it. But the fact is that I have not been able to find any way to interrogate the full node's database for specific addresses that does not require specifying a wallet. This is just mind-boggling to me.
2 I apologize for not mentioning this critical requirement in my original post. That was a major oversight on my part!
3 I am beginning to realize that the queries I want to perform on a full node's database (and without reference to a wallet) is something practically no one cares to do, and therefore it is hard to find tools for doing them. Again, this strikes me as a bit weird, and feeds my growing suspicion that I am totally missing the point about bitcoin, blockchains, full nodes, etc.