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Telescope is a simple, powerful, easy-to-use, highly maintainable, open source browser for viewing activity on the underlying Justitia/tendermint/burrow blockchain network.
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Telescope is a simple, powerful, easy-to-use, highly maintainable, open source browser for viewing activity on the underlying blockchain network. Users have the ability to configure & build Telescope natively on macOS and Ubuntu.

Table of Contents

Release Notes

Directory Structure

├── app                 Application backend root
    ├── explorer        Explorer configuration, REST API
    ├── persistence     Persistence layer
    ├── platform        Platforms
        ├── justitia    Explorer API (DSiSc Justitia)
        ├── burrow      Explorer API (Burrow based on tendermint)
        ├── tendermint  Explorer API (Tendermint)
├── client              Web UI
    ├── public          Assets
    ├── src             Front end source code
        ├── components  React framework
        ├── services    Request library for API calls
        ├── state       Redux framework
        ├── static      Custom and Assets


Following are the software dependencies required to install and run telescope explorer

  • nodejs 8.11.x (Note that v9.x is not yet supported)
  • PostgreSQL 9.5 or greater

Telescope works with Justitia, Burrow or Tendermint.

Clone Repository

Clone this repository to get the latest using the following command.

  • git clone
  • cd telescope.

Database Setup

**Important repeat after every git pull

Connect to PostgreSQL database.


  • sudo -u postgres psql


  • psql postgres

Run create database script.

  • \i app/persistence/postgreSQL/db/initdb.sql

Run db status commands.

  • \l view created telescope database
  • \d view created tables

Run clear database script.

  • \i app/persistence/postgreSQL/db/cleardb.sql

Composer Configure Telescope

On another terminal.

  • cd telescope/app/platform/justitia, or cd telescope/app/platform/burrow, or cd telescope/app/platform/tendermint as with your backend blockchain.

  • Modify config.json to update network-config.

  • cd telescope/app/persistence/postgreSQL/db

  • Modify pgconfig.json to update postgresql properties

    • pg host, port, database, username, password details.
 "pg": {
        "host": "",
        "port": "5432",
        "database": "telescope",
        "username": "telescope",
        "passwd": "password"

Build Telescope

**Important repeat after every git pull

On another terminal.

  • cd telescope
  • npm install
  • cd client/
  • npm install
  • npm run build

Run Telescope

From new terminal.

Run Telescope using Docker

There is also an automated deployment of the Telescope available via docker having next assumptions:

  • BASH installed
  • Docker is installed on deployment machine.

Non interactive deployment assumptions

  • By default, deployment script uses virtual network, and needs to be available with no overlapping IPs (this means you can't have physical computers on that network nor other docker containers running). In case of overlappings, edit the script and change target network and container targets IPs.
  • By default both services (fronted and database) will run on same machine, but script modifications is allowed to run on separate machines just changing target DB IP on frontend container.
  • Crypto material is correctly loaded under examples/$network/crypto
  • Fabric network configuration is correctly set under examples/$network/config.json

Steps to deploy using Docker Compose

From new terminal.

  • cd telescope/
  • Create a new folder as you wish (eg. ~/.telescope/pg_data) to store postgresql data, then change its owner to id 26(sudo chown 26 ~/.telescope/pg_data). Modify volumes of postgresql in docker-compose.yml accordingly.
  • bash deploy to deploy telescope through docker-compose.
  • bash up/down to start or stop telescope.
  • bash undeploy to undeploy telescope through docker-compose, (NOTE: postgresql data will be removed).
  • bash initdb/cleardb to initialize database structure or drop data in all tables.

Telescope Swagger




Telescope Project source code is released under the Apache 2.0 license. The, files, and files in the "images", "snapshots" folders are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You may obtain a copy of the license, titled CC-BY-4.0, at

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