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Fast, quick and dirty bitcoin blockchain parser
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    A fairly fast, quick and dirty bitcoin whole blockchain parser.


    . Few dependencies: openssl-dev, boost

    . Very quickly extract information from the entire blockchain.

    . Code is simple and helps to understand how the data structure underlying bitcoin works.

Build it:

    . Turn your x86-64 Ubuntu box on

    . Make sure you have an up to date satoshi client blockchain in ~/.bitcoin

    . Run this:

        sudo apt-get install libssl-dev build-essential g++-4.4 libboost-all-dev libsparsehash-dev git-core perl
        git clone git://
        cd blockparser

    . Problems: 

         anyone have this problem "Segmentation Fault" follow this to make a swap file:
         Tested on ( Ubuntu 12.04, 250 ssd, 16gb ram, 9GB Swap )

Try it:

    . Compute simple blockchain stats, full chain parse (< 1 second)

        ./parser simpleStats

    . Extract all transactions for popular address 1dice6wBxymYi3t94heUAG6MpG5eceLG1 (20 seconds)

        ./parser transactions 06f1b66fa14429389cbffa656966993eab656f37

    . Compute the closure of an address, that is the list of addresses that provably belong to the same person (20 seconds):

        ./parser closure 06f1b66fa14429389cbffa656966993eab656f37

    . Compute and print the balance for all keys ever used in a TX since the beginning of time (30 seconds):

        ./parser allBalances >allBalances.txt

    . See how much of the BTC 10K pizza tainted each of the TX in the chain

        ./parser taint >pizzaTaint.txt

    . See all the block rewards and fees:

        ./parser rewards >rewards.txt

    . See a greatly detailed dump of the pizza transaction

        ./parser show


    . You need an x86-84 ubuntu box and a recent version of GCC(>=4.4), recent versions of boost
      and openssl-dev. The whole thing is very unlikely to work or even compile on anything else.

    . It needs quite a bit of RAM to work. Never exactly measured how much, but the hash maps will
      grow quite fat. I might switch them to something different that spills over to disk at some
      point. For now: it works fine with 8 Gigs.

    . The code isn't particularly clean or well architected. It was just a quick way for me to learn
      about bitcoin. There isnt much in the way of comments either.

    . OTOH, it is fairly simple, short, and efficient. If you want to understand how the blockchain
      data structure works, the code in parser.cpp is a solid way to start.

    . blockparser uses mmap() extensively. There has been report that it does not play well with
      encrypted partitions. Solution: move your blockchain to a normal disk. That's likely to make
      your bitcoin install a lot more efficient anyways.

Hacking the code:

    . parser.cpp contains a generic parser that mmaps the blockchain, parses it and calls
      "user-defined" callbacks as it hits interesting bits of information.

    . util.cpp contains a grab-bag of useful bitcoin related routines. Interesting examples include:


    . cb/allBalances.cpp    :   code to all balance of all addresses.
    . cb/closure.cpp        :   code to compute the transitive closure of an address
    . cb/dumpTX.cpp         :   code to display a transaction in very great detail
    . cb/help.cpp           :   code to dump detailed help for all other commands
    . cb/pristine.cpp       :   code to show all "pristine" (i.e. unspent) blocks
    . cb/rewards.cpp        :   code to show all block rewards (including fees)
    . cb/simpleStats.cpp    :   code to compute simple stats.
    . cb/sql.cpp            :   code to product an SQL dump of the blockchain
    . cb/taint.cpp          :   code to compute the taint from a given TX to all TXs.
    . cb/transactions.cpp   :   code to extract all transactions pertaining to an address.

    . You can very easily add your own custom command. You can use the existing callbacks in
      directory ./cb/ as a template to build your own:

            cp cb/allBalances.cpp cb/myExtractor.cpp
            Add to Makefile
            Hack away

    . You can also read the file callback.h (the base class from which you derive to implement your
      own new commands). It has been heavily commented and should provide a good basis to pick what
      to overload to achieve your goal.

    . The code makes heavy use of the google dense hash maps. You can switch it to use sparse hash
      maps (see Makefile, search for: DENSE, undef it). Sparse hash maps are slower but save quite a
      bit of RAM.


    Code is in the public domain.
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