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I would like to do some research of the Bitcoin blockchain. Because i would like to do massive amounts of processing and lookups, I need a fast way to search the blockchain.

Http requests to insight.io just won't cut it...

I know of ABE but it seems no longer maintained and I don't know if it is up to par with the current implementation of the blockchain.

The environment I'm programming in is python.

Any ideas?

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Depends on what you feel comfortable with.

You can go low level and query the lebeldb directly. The block index (information for every block) is in $DATADIR/blocks/index and the chainstate (information about the currently best known chain) in $DATADIR/chainstate.

An easier way is to have a fully synced bitcoind running locally and query over jsonrpc. From there you slice and dice the resulting JSON to fit your needs.

I haven't done leveldb querying, but I'd expect there to be a significant amount of work involved since it's just a key value store.

  • The idea is to try and track coins over long periods of time with an innovative approach. So even bitcoind won't really cut it I think. – Dennis Decoene Apr 7 at 14:05
  • Neither of those LevelDB databases maintained by bitcoind actually contain the information you want. Maybe some more modern indexing software like electrs is more appropriate. – Pieter Wuille Apr 7 at 21:07
  • A Bitcoin equivalent of this XRP project? – user58807 May 7 at 15:40

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