Introducing the New Cronos Explorer on Testnet
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Cronos Explorer on the Cronos Testnet. Cronos Explorer is available at https://explorer.cronos.org/testnet and will benefit from considerable development efforts during the next 12 months in order to become the reference block explorer and cater to the specific needs of Cronos users and developers.
You can visit Cronos Explorer on Testnet now at https://explorer.cronos.org/testnet.
While Cronos Explorer introduces several new and convenient features, it does not yet offer all the functionalities of the existing block explorers. Therefore:
For Cronos Mainnet, users will continue to use Cronoscan as usual. There is no set decision or timeframe regarding the potential migration of the mainnet explorer.
For Cronos Testnet, the legacy block explorer, based on the Blockscout project, remains available at https://cronos.org/explorer/testnet3 until such time as the new Cronos Explorer achieves rough feature parity, in several months. You can continue to use https://cronos.org/explorer/testnet3 and the associated API.
Note that the legacy URL https://testnet.cronoscan.com now redirects to Cronos Explorer.
With Cronos Explorer, Testnet users can access wallet information, block information and transaction details, understand various types of transactions, and view real-time and historical account balances.
Besides achieving feature parity with the current block explorers, Cronos Explorer will aim to make it easier for users to access Cronos chain information from both the EVM layer and the Cosmos SDK layer. This was a known user pain point when using block explorers designed solely for Ethereum-based technology.
In this blog post, we outline the new and upcoming functionalities of Cronos Explorer.
To provide feedback, please fill out the feedback form at this link.
What Is New?
Monitor transaction fees of Cosmos level transactions
Legacy explorers display the transaction fees associated with EVM level transactions, not the transaction fees associated with the occasional Cosmos level transactions (such as validator operations and governance proposals). With Cronos Explorer, the total transaction fees from both EVM and Cosmos transactions are included in the “Block Rewards” field of the block details.
In the below example, under Block #6322222, you can now see the total Block Reward collected by network validators, including the transaction fees paid for Cosmos native transactions. Note that the details of each individual Cosmos transaction are not yet shown.
Filter token transactions
In the Cronos Explorer menu options, you can select and view all the recent token transactions by type of smart contract (CRC-20 for fungible tokens, CRC-721 or CRC-1155 for non-fungible tokens).
When you click on an NFT smart contract address (CRC-721 or CRC-1155) you can see all the transactions associated with this NFT collection. Additionally, if you click on a specific token ID in the list of transactions, you can now see a list of transactions filtered according to both the NFT collection and the specific token ID.
Analyze internal transactions
With Cronos Explorer, you can see and analyze the internal transactions associated with each transaction. You also have the option to show or hide the zero-value internal transfers of a transaction: This feature simplifies transaction analysis by making internal transactions easier to read.
Cronos Explorer will be upgraded regularly in the coming weeks and months, both to achieve feature parity and to deliver differentiated functionalities. The development priorities are summarized below.
Proxy Contract Verification
Contract verification is essential for users and developers as part of doing one’s own research and understanding the security assumptions of dapps. Similar to what is available on Cronoscan, Cronos Explorer supports smart contract verification, but not proxy contracts. In the near future, Cronos Explorer will support the verification of proxy contracts with delegate calls to other contracts, further enhancing risk mitigation against unverified or malicious contracts.
Expanded Chain Statistics
Cronos Explorer’s charts & stats pages will gradually include statistics from the EVM and the Cosmos layers. This will include the real-time display of account balance changes, offering users valuable insights into fund flows and asset distribution within the network.
The display of chain node operator data is also part of the plan. Users will be able to better understand the activity of validator nodes, who are so crucial in ensuring the stability and security of the Cronos blockchain network.
Examples of upcoming UI improvements include: enhanced search bar with filters, allowing users to easily search for specific information using criteria like addresses, tokens, and tags; top 50 token holder details, including rank and holdings as a portion of the total supply; account transaction history export; and other improvements.
API access to wallet, block and transaction data will remain available on the legacy block explorers until Cronos Explorer implements its own API.
Your Feedback is Welcome
The Cronos Explorer aims to make it easy for users to engage with DeFi and GameFi protocols and NFT collections, as well as promote transparency, security, and knowledge sharing within the Cronos community.
We are excited to see continued improvement in the user experience on Cronos! And keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
Please fill the form at this link to share your feedback and feature requests.