What is BscScan and How Do You Use It?

2024.2.9  •  5 min read
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BscScan serves as a valuable resource for exploring the BNB Smart Chain (BSC), offering a wealth of tools and data for users interested in the intricate workings of this platform. As BSC continues gaining traction in decentralized finance (DeFi) and beyond, understanding how to navigate and utilize BscScan becomes increasingly important.

What are Blockchain Explorers?

Blockchain explorers are tools that function as browsers and search engines for navigating a blockchain. They allow users to examine the intricate details of blockchain networks and provide access to critical data such as transaction histories, wallet balances, and blockchain analytics. 

These explorers can be public or private, tailored to the transparency requirements of the underlying blockchain, and offer an in-depth view of the network's operations, from individual block data to comprehensive network analytics.

Each blockchain has its dedicated block explorer, which allows users to track and analyze transactions specific to that network. For example, Etherscan is an Ethereum explorer, while BscScan is a BSC explorer.

What Does BscScan Do?

Block explorers like BscScan are multi-faceted and fulfill several roles in the ecosystem.

  • Tracking: BscScan's main function is to allow users to look up and track the status of transactions on the BSC network, offering transparency and real-time data on the movement of assets.
  • Smart contract interactions: It allows users to search for, read, and even interact with smart contracts deployed on BSC, making it a vital tool for developers and users of Dapps.
  • Address insights: By entering a wallet address, users can view the balance and transaction history, providing a clear picture of the activity associated with any particular address.
  • Token analytics: BscScan features extensive data on BEP-20 tokens, including market cap, trading volume, and smart contract information, helping users stay informed about the tokens they hold or are interested in.
  • NFT tracking: The explorer supports BEP-721 tokens, allowing users to delve into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on BSC, including transaction history and ownership details.
  • Validator information: With BSC's consensus mechanism relying on validators, BscScan provides insights into the top validators, their activity, and the overall health of the network's consensus process.
  • Gas Tracker: Understanding transaction fees is crucial on any blockchain, and BscScan's gas tracker offers real-time data on gas prices, helping users optimize their transaction costs.

The utility of BscScan and other block explorers extends beyond mere curiosity, serving a practical role for users and market analysts alike. Individuals leverage these tools to confirm the status of their transactions, determining whether they are pending or completed based on network confirmations. 

Block explorers offer real-time insights into the network's health, such as mempool status, block difficulty, and network hash rates. Market analysts, in particular, find value in tracking several wallet addresses, especially those of "crypto whales," to gauge market movements,anticipate shifts in sentiment, along with tracking first movers. 

Exploring BscScan begins with its intuitive interface, where users can easily navigate to different sections such as transactions, tokens, blocks, and more. This is what the home page looks like:

On top, you’ll get a snapshot of the following:

  • BNB price
  • BNB marketcap on BSC
  • Total number of transactions
  • Median gas price
  • Latest block number
  • Voting power
  • BSC transaction history.

Underneath all this data, you have two columns:

  • The latest blocks that have been minted.
  • The latest transactions.

Examining transactions

Let’s examine a transaction. We will put one of the transaction hashes in the explorer.

Let’s look at the details.

This transaction was initiated on January 30, 2024, at 5:24 PM UTC. It was conducted from "0x2B89698739Fa69A9413246990e3E2F472E109AAd" to "0x6D0D707BdB4fF3e8A0ec5442b993e4cb1fc10e7A." The transaction amount was 0.0070515 BNB, with a fee of 0.000063 BNB charged.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper. We could examine the sender’s transaction history.

As you can see, this address currently holds 0.000726360715650651 BNB. We can click on the drop-down below to see their token holdings.

As you scroll down, you can see the transactions this address has recently conducted.

You can also scroll through the different types of transactions that this user has conducted.

Charts and Stats

BscScan also allows you to check all relevant charts and stats under “Resources.”

Here is an overview of all the charts:

Let’s checkout the daily transactions chart for BSC.

BSC usually processes 2-3 million transactions per day. On December 7, 2023, we saw an anomaly: BSC processed 32 million transactions in a single day. To learn more about why this spike happened, read this.

This chart is especially useful for monitoring transaction flows. If there are any unusual spikes, it suggests that there is an extraordinary event in the ecosystem that requires further investigation.

The daily average gas price chart is also very helpful. It gives you a rough idea of the usual gas fees in the BSC network.

Tracking opBNB Data

You can also use BscScan to track all opBNB-related transactions via opbnb.bscscan. Among many things, you can check transactions that are bridging over from L1 to L2.

…and vice-versa.

Is BscScan the Only BSC Explorer Out There?

BscScan is the most advanced BSC explorer, developed by the same team behind Etherscan.io and many other EVM blockchain explorers. However, during periods of high network activity, users are encouraged to explore a variety of blockchain explorers to gain a complete understanding of network conditions. 

Similar lite alternatives like BscTrace have operated smoothly, underscoring the importance of using multiple explorers to verify blockchain status. Similarly, for opBNB, there are alternatives like opBNBScan's, supported by NodeReal's MegaNode.

Conclusion

For those looking to dive deeper into BSC's dynamics or simply keep a finger on the pulse of their blockchain activities, BscScan offers a gateway to a wealth of information and deeper clarity into this rapidly evolving space.

For more detailed insights and to start exploring BscScan yourself.

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