I'm trying to find an open-source Bitcoin blockchain explorer that will work in regtest mode, so I can more easily inspect the blockchain, see what transactions are getting processed and included, etc.

I found the following ones, but all of them seem to have issues:

  • blockcypher is "not easily compatible with running your own version locally, and this is no longer recommended (except for expert users)."
  • bitcoinchain is not open-source AFAICT.
  • Bitcore's insight-ui [1], [2], [3] does not work with bitcoind AFAICT.
  • toshi does not work with bitcoind AFAICT. Not sure how to set it up in regtest mode to connect to another bitcoind full node.
  • bitcoin-abe does not seem to support regtest mode, though it could be as easy as adding a new Abe/Chain/Regtest.py file.
  • blockchain.info: can't really tell if the My-Wallet-V3-* repos [1], [2] are for the block explorer website or for the wallet-management side of the website.

So, any suggestions for an easy-to-setup blockchain explorer that works with a local bitcoind node ?

  • Great list however, Toshi doesn't really have much to do with Bitcoin and is not an explorer AFAIK. Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 21:11

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I managed to point Abe to regtest just by using datadir=/home/$USER/.bitcoin/regtest in the config file and following the official instructions.

  • worked fine. there is a bug with segwit MerkleRootMismatch: Block header Merkle root does not match its transactions. block hash=0000000000. i solved it by cloning https://github.com/marioschlipf/bitcoin-abe repo
    – suhailvs
    Commented Mar 2, 2019 at 8:33

I tried Abe but couldn't easily make it work on MacOS. I had a look at some other options and managed to make this one https://github.com/janoside/btc-rpc-explorer work easily and nicely. It has quite a lot of things you want from an explorer.


Bitcoin Abe is awsome.

create virtual environment for python2.7(since abe only work with python2.x)::

sudo apt-get install virtualenv, python-dev
virtualenv --python=/usr/bin/python2.7 myenv

Install requirements:

source ./myenv/bin/activate
pip install pycrypto

clone marioschlipf's repo (since it solves segwit) and install it::

git clone https://github.com/marioschlipf/bitcoin-abe
cd bitcoin-abe
python setup.py install

Create abe.conf with contents:

dbtype sqlite3
connect-args abe.sqlite
port 2750

Perform the initial data load:

python -m Abe.abe --config abe.conf --commit-bytes 100000 --no-serve

Look for output such as:

block_tx 1 1

Then run the web server as:

python -m Abe.abe --config abe.conf

Now vist on browser http://localhost:2750

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