San Francisco-based startup Blockstream announces the launch of Esplora
Blockstream has been at the forefront in cryptography and distributed systems for quite some time. In November, Blockstream announced the launch of Blockstream Explorer which was met with a lot of fanfare. And following that release, the blockchain company on Thursday announced the release of Esplora: the free and open source software that powers the site. This announcement was made by the company in its official blog.
We're excited to announce Esplora, the source code behind https://t.co/P9ewc84Utn! Developers can now contribute to the project, build their own extensions, or even create their own independent #Bitcoin & #LiquidNetwork #blockchain explorers. ⛓️🔍🌊 https://t.co/a8BpMuSmvg pic.twitter.com/k37B1gRCtS
— Blockstream (@Blockstream) December 6, 2018
The software is now available to all the developers so that they can use it and develop their own extensions or they can also build their own blockchain explorers. Just a month ago, the company released Blockstream.info, the first block explorer to focus on advanced privacy features and it also provided support for the Liquid sidechain.
As per the blog, Esplora is based on a number of open source components and it uses a modified Electrs, which is a Rust implementation of Electrum Server written by Roman Zeyde. Esplora has the capacity to index all the blockchain data quickly from Bitcoin Core and Liquid full node software.
Esplora supports Bitcoin Mainnet, Testnet and Liquid, Bech 32 addresses, and other confidential addresses (Liquid).
Blockstream has also made changes to the Electrs which include Liquid support, and a Rust library for Elements. Other modifications include the addition of a Rust embedded HTTP server called hyper.
The blog further adds that along with the public code repository, there is also a pre-built Docker image that users can run on their own hardware.
Earlier this year in October, the San Francisco-based startup, Blockstream announced the launch of the first production Bitcoin sidechain, Liquid.
“As the world’s first production Bitcoin sidechain, the Liquid Network provides fast, secure, and confidential transactions to address the needs of exchanges, brokers, market makers, and financial institutions around the world,” said the blog post. The Liquid blockchain went live with the first block generated on September 27.
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