Zcash Insight Blockchain Explorer

With the launch of 2.0.7, zcashd now includes full support for the Insight blockchain explorer. The Insight explorer, which will be familiar to those who have used one of the many popular block explorers it powers, was developed by Bitpay as part of its bitcore suite of tools. The tool, released under a permissive open-source license (MIT), contains many development tools to “build bitcoin and blockchain applications” but we will concentrate on installing the explorer portion for this article which has been ported to support Zcash.

The Insight block explorer on Zcash testnet

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Zcash Shielded Transactions on the Raspberry Pi

If you are running a home node, then a single-board computer is an excellent choice due to its low power draw and the fact you can dedicate the low-cost machine to a single purpose. The Raspberry Pi, in particular, has been popularised for cryptocurrency nodes by the likes of the Casa Node and RaspiBlitz which constitute full Bitcoin/Litecoin and Lightning nodes.

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What’s next for Zcash in 2019

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While 2018 was largely dominated by the declining price of ZEC (and all major cryptocurrencies), it marked a significant milestone in the evolution of Zcash with both the Overwinter and Sapling network upgrades taking place. As a result, shielded transactions can now routinely be sent in a couple of seconds using a fraction of the RAM previously required (~40MB). Despite this, the percentage of shielded transactions on the network is still low, and as such, there is a greater emphasis on the adoption and usability of shielded transactions.

WinZEC Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting

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WinZEC (formerly Zcash4Win) was the first port of the official Zcash client (known as zcashd) to Windows. As a result, it still powers a large proportion of the Zcash nodes on the network for those who wish to use shielded transactions on a Windows machine. WinZEC is comprised of two major components, the Swing wallet GUI(the interface that you see when you open WinZEC) originally by vaklinov and the Windows port of zcashd by radix42.