I'm trying to wrap my head around bitcoin/blockchain and from what I understand, every transaction that has taken place in bitcoin is placed into a block and after this block is validated it is added to the block chain in chronological order.

Is there some place that I could go to look at the first block of transactions for bitcoin? Or any random block of transactions?

If anything I have said above indicates that I have misunderstood some part of the process - please don't hesitate to correct me.

The easiest way to look at the transactions in any arbitrary block would be with a block explorer.

As of the instant I'm answering this question, the newest block is block #456238, so you can peek at any block by creating an address for a web block explorer as follows (Blockchain.info for illustrative purposes):



Your Answer


By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.