As you begin to Learn Telos you will find out that a Block Explorer is one of the most frequently used tools. You can do many things with a Block Explorer but mainly you will use one to view your Telos Account, an individual Transaction or a Block of Transactions. Understanding how to use a Block Explorer is an important part of managing your Telos Account Security.
At the time of writing, there are three main Telos Block Explorers but more are coming I’m sure. If you know of any which are not listed below and you would like to contribute to this listing please contact us with the details.
Each section below links to a Block Explorer search using a real-life account name as an example. It’s easier to understand than just linking to the homepage. A standard account name in Telos is made up of 12 characters from the range a-z and 1-5. So no zero, and no special characters.
It was one of the first tools created by the Telos Launch Group (the TLG) so that Blocks and Transactions and Accounts on the Testnet could be verified.
When you are looking at a Block Explorer it doesn’t make much sense unless it is showing you the details of an Account, Block or Transaction. So the link below will lookup an account called dragonslayer* by way of demonstrating what an actual account lookup does. When you have looked at that, try looking up your own accounts, or any other account by typing the 12 character account name into the search box. *I do not know who the dragonslayer account belongs too, I just thought it was a cool account name to link to.
If you don’t have a Telos account yet then we’ll show you how to create one soon. Meanwhile here are some interesting accounts to look up: goodgranttls , b1b1b1b1b1b1 , chainriftcom , 132435132435 , rosemaryrhea , longtermhodl , thx4alldfish , abstractness , connectivity , yournamehere & blindblocart !
Access the Telos Foundation Monitor Block Explorer by clicking on the following link https://monitor.telosfoundation.io/account/dragonslayer
In this example I am going to use an unusual account name which is simply ‘vip’. Now I know I said account names are 12 characters, but these are vanity names purchased in the name auctions, and only one name per day is sold, so they are pretty exclusive!
Unlike domain names, when you create a Telos account you will own it forever, it does not expire once it has been used. Accounts created at launch which are not used within a year may get deleted to save resources, but these vanity names or short names could be valuable at some point, especially if you can acquire industry terms that companies might want to own, like DIY or Bank, or Health. This is not financial advice, do your own research, and please don’t register trademarked names belonging to other companies as you might find yourself in hot water with their legal team. Generic terms can’t be trademarked though, so get bidding.
Access the eosX Telos Block Explorer by clicking on the following link https://telos.eosx.io/account/vip
For this example I am linking to a different kind of account, which follows on from the vanity account names like ‘vip’ used in the previous example.
This time we are linking to the account ramlaunch.tf and introducing the full stop, period or dot. So this is a Telos Foundation account as indicated by the .tf . What this means is that the Telos Foundation were awarded the tf vanity name, and because they own that name they can then create any accounts they like within it (i.e. before the .tf) provided they are not more than 12 characters (Including the .tf)
This account is the RAM Administrators account which is used to buy and sell RAM and stabilise the price. Although that is a lesson for another day, it extends the learning on how account names work by showing you a different variation from the normal 12 character names.
Access the Telos Tracker Block Explorer by clicking on the following link https://telostracker.io/account/ramlaunch.tf
Find more guides on the Learn Telos page.
For more help or information about using Block Explorers to manage your Telos account have a look at the Telos Fastrack FAQ post of Carshare42 or contact us using your preferred method via telegram https://t.me/eosuk , email us firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on +44 115 822 4546