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Insight API

A Bitcoin blockchain REST and web socket API service for Bitcore Node.

This is a backend-only service. If you're looking for the web frontend application, take a look at https://github.com/bitpay/insight.

Getting Started

npm install -g bitcore-node@latest
bitcore-node create mynode
cd mynode
bitcore-node install insight-api
bitcore-node start

The API endpoints will be available by default at: http://localhost:3001/insight-api/

Prerequisites

Note: You can use an existing Bitcoin data directory, however txindex needs to be set to true in bitcoin.conf.

Notes on Upgrading from v0.2

Some of the fields and methods are not supported:

The /tx/<txid> endpoint JSON response will not include the following fields on the "vin" object:

  • doubleSpentTxId // double spends are not currently tracked
  • isConfirmed // confirmation of the previous output
  • confirmations // confirmations of the previous output
  • unconfirmedInput

The /tx/<txid> endpoint JSON response will not include the following fields on the "vout" object.

  • spentTs

The /status?q=getTxOutSetInfo method has also been removed due to the query being very slow and locking bitcoind.

Plug-in support for Insight API is also no longer available, as well as the endpoints:

  • /email/retrieve
  • /rates/:code

Caching support has not yet been added in the v0.3 upgrade.

API HTTP Endpoints

Block

  /insight-api/block/[:hash]
  /insight-api/block/00000000a967199a2fad0877433c93df785a8d8ce062e5f9b451cd1397bdbf62

Block Index

Get block hash by height

  /insight-api/block-index/[:height]
  /insight-api/block-index/0

This would return:

{"blockHash":"000000000019d6689c085ae165831e934ff763ae46a2a6c172b3f1b60a8ce26f"}

which is the hash of the Genesis block (0 height)

Transaction

  /insight-api/tx/[:txid]
  /insight-api/tx/525de308971eabd941b139f46c7198b5af9479325c2395db7f2fb5ae8562556c
  /insight-api/rawtx/[:rawid]
  /insight-api/rawtx/525de308971eabd941b139f46c7198b5af9479325c2395db7f2fb5ae8562556c

Address

  /insight-api/addr/[:addr][?noTxList=1&noCache=1]
  /insight-api/addr/mmvP3mTe53qxHdPqXEvdu8WdC7GfQ2vmx5?noTxList=1

Address Properties

  /insight-api/addr/[:addr]/balance
  /insight-api/addr/[:addr]/totalReceived
  /insight-api/addr/[:addr]/totalSent
  /insight-api/addr/[:addr]/unconfirmedBalance

The response contains the value in Satoshis.

Unspent Outputs

  /insight-api/addr/[:addr]/utxo[?noCache=1]

Sample return:

[
    {
      "address": "n2PuaAguxZqLddRbTnAoAuwKYgN2w2hZk7",
      "txid": "dbfdc2a0d22a8282c4e7be0452d595695f3a39173bed4f48e590877382b112fc",
      "vout": 0,
      "ts": 1401276201,
      "scriptPubKey": "76a914e50575162795cd77366fb80d728e3216bd52deac88ac",
      "amount": 0.001,
      "confirmations": 3
    },
    {
      "address": "n2PuaAguxZqLddRbTnAoAuwKYgN2w2hZk7",
      "txid": "e2b82af55d64f12fd0dd075d0922ee7d6a300f58fe60a23cbb5831b31d1d58b4",
      "vout": 0,
      "ts": 1401226410,
      "scriptPubKey": "76a914e50575162795cd77366fb80d728e3216bd52deac88ac",
      "amount": 0.001,
      "confirmation": 6,
      "confirmationsFromCache": true
    }
]

Unspent Outputs for Multiple Addresses

GET method:

  /insight-api/addrs/[:addrs]/utxo
  /insight-api/addrs/2NF2baYuJAkCKo5onjUKEPdARQkZ6SYyKd5,2NAre8sX2povnjy4aeiHKeEh97Qhn97tB1f/utxo

POST method:

  /insight-api/addrs/utxo

POST params:

addrs: 2NF2baYuJAkCKo5onjUKEPdARQkZ6SYyKd5,2NAre8sX2povnjy4aeiHKeEh97Qhn97tB1f

Transactions by Block

  /insight-api/txs/?block=HASH
  /insight-api/txs/?block=00000000fa6cf7367e50ad14eb0ca4737131f256fc4c5841fd3c3f140140e6b6

Transactions by Address

  /insight-api/txs/?address=ADDR
  /insight-api/txs/?address=mmhmMNfBiZZ37g1tgg2t8DDbNoEdqKVxAL

Transactions for Multiple Addresses

GET method:

  /insight-api/addrs/[:addrs]/txs[?from=&to=]
  /insight-api/addrs/2NF2baYuJAkCKo5onjUKEPdARQkZ6SYyKd5,2NAre8sX2povnjy4aeiHKeEh97Qhn97tB1f/txs?from=0&to=20

POST method:

  /insight-api/addrs/txs

POST params:

addrs: 2NF2baYuJAkCKo5onjUKEPdARQkZ6SYyKd5,2NAre8sX2povnjy4aeiHKeEh97Qhn97tB1f
from (optional): 0
to (optional): 20

Sample output:

{ totalItems: 100,
  from: 0,
  to: 20,
  items:
    [ { txid: '3e81723d069b12983b2ef694c9782d32fca26cc978de744acbc32c3d3496e915',
       version: 1,
       locktime: 0,
       vin: [Object],
       vout: [Object],
       blockhash: '00000000011a135e5277f5493c52c66829792392632b8b65429cf07ad3c47a6c',
       confirmations: 109367,
       time: 1393659685,
       blocktime: 1393659685,
       valueOut: 0.3453,
       size: 225,
       firstSeenTs: undefined,
       valueIn: 0.3454,
       fees: 0.0001 },
      { ... },
      { ... },
      ...
      { ... }
    ]
 }

Note: if pagination params are not specified, the result is an array of transactions.

Transaction Broadcasting

POST method:

  /insight-api/tx/send

POST params:

  rawtx: "signed transaction as hex string"

  eg

  rawtx: 01000000017b1eabe0209b1fe794124575ef807057c77ada2138ae4fa8d6c4de0398a14f3f00000000494830450221008949f0cb400094ad2b5eb399d59d01c14d73d8fe6e96df1a7150deb388ab8935022079656090d7f6bac4c9a94e0aad311a4268e082a725f8aeae0573fb12ff866a5f01ffffffff01f0ca052a010000001976a914cbc20a7664f2f69e5355aa427045bc15e7c6c77288ac00000000

POST response:

  {
      txid: [:txid]
  }

  eg

  {
      txid: "c7736a0a0046d5a8cc61c8c3c2821d4d7517f5de2bc66a966011aaa79965ffba"
  }

Historic Blockchain Data Sync Status

  /insight-api/sync

Live Network P2P Data Sync Status (Bitcoind runs in the same process)

  /insight-api/peer

Status of the Bitcoin Network

  /insight-api/status?q=xxx

Where "xxx" can be:

  • getInfo
  • getDifficulty
  • getBestBlockHash
  • getLastBlockHash

Utility Methods

  /insight-api/utils/estimatefee[?nbBlocks=2]

Web Socket API

The web socket API is served using socket.io.

The following are the events published by insight:

'tx': new transaction received from network. This event is published in the 'inv' room. Data will be a app/models/Transaction object. Sample output:

{
  "txid":"00c1b1acb310b87085c7deaaeba478cef5dc9519fab87a4d943ecbb39bd5b053",
  "processed":false
  ...
}

'block': new block received from network. This event is published in the 'inv' room. Data will be a app/models/Block object. Sample output:

{
  "hash":"000000004a3d187c430cd6a5e988aca3b19e1f1d1727a50dead6c8ac26899b96",
  "time":1389789343,
  ...
}

'': new transaction concerning received from network. This event is published in the '' room.

'status': every 1% increment on the sync task, this event will be triggered. This event is published in the 'sync' room.

Sample output:

{
  blocksToSync: 164141,
  syncedBlocks: 475,
  upToExisting: true,
  scanningBackward: true,
  isEndGenesis: true,
  end: "000000000933ea01ad0ee984209779baaec3ced90fa3f408719526f8d77f4943",
  isStartGenesis: false,
  start: "000000009f929800556a8f3cfdbe57c187f2f679e351b12f7011bfc276c41b6d"
}

Example Usage

The following html page connects to the socket.io insight API and listens for new transactions.

html

<html>
<body>
  <script src="http://<insight-server>:<port>/socket.io/socket.io.js"></script>
  <script>
    eventToListenTo = 'tx'
    room = 'inv'

    var socket = io("http://<insight-server>:<port>/");
    socket.on('connect', function() {
      // Join the room.
      socket.emit('subscribe', room);
    })
    socket.on(eventToListenTo, function(data) {
      console.log("New transaction received: " + data.txid)
    })
  </script>
</body>
</html>

License

(The MIT License)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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