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I have been looking for a way to see the address's balance that doesn't belong to my own Bitcoin core wallet.

I don't like to use an external API, I have this full node and I really wonder if this is possible.

I saw this Pieter Wuille's answer: How to get an address's balance with the bitcoin client?

But it is an old answer when Bitcoin core even didn't support addresses as watch-only.

What I can understand from his answer is I can't see this information on my Bitcoin core, but right now with Bitcoin core v0.20.1, is that still not possible?

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  1. Import addresses in bitcoin core and use listunspent or scantxoutset (scantxoutset doesn't require importing addresses as mentioned by sipa in the comments)

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  1. Setup open source block explorers that use bitcoin core and use their API to get the required results:

https://github.com/dgarage/NBXplorer

https://github.com/Blockstream/esplora

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  • to add to 1. he can use this command: bitcoincore.org/en/doc/0.18.0/rpc/wallet/importaddress
    – Abdussamad
    Oct 2, 2020 at 3:53
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    scantxoutset doesn't require importing Oct 2, 2020 at 5:29
  • Yes just realized it won't require addresses to be imported: github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/12196. I never used it and assumed it will work similar to listunspent because of bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/99278/…
    – user103136
    Oct 2, 2020 at 11:27
  • I wouldn't like to add the address as watch-only because I would like to check many addresses's balance. Could you provide an example using scantxoutset with an address as a parameter? I saw the documentation but I didn't see how I can add an address in the scan objects. Oct 2, 2020 at 13:39
  • scantxoutset start "[\"addr(tb1qfg7456fh3u4wkff42zpznhjs3w5hcn469p3ymy)\"]"
    – user103136
    Oct 2, 2020 at 15:09

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