Upcoming enhancements to BlockScout

ERC721 Metadata

Target Date: Q4 2019 Status: Complete, ERC721 Metadata storage and display (Release 2.1.0) and verification checks (Release 2.1.1) are implemented.

ERC-721 non-fungible tokens represent ownership of digital or physical assets. Each token is unique, and may include images and other data which identifies the asset and provides additional information. This might include registration information (for example land, property or art registration), identifying numbers or other data unique to that token. As ERC-721 tokens continue to proliferate, it is important to display the relevant information related to each owned token.

Staking DApp Integration

Target Date: Q3 2020 Status: Complete Q4 2020

BlockScout will support the new POSDAO staking consensus mechanism through an on-board UI. The initial implementation will support the xDai Stable Chain. This will allow users to place stake directly from the interface, monitor validator activity, and participate in consensus on the xDai Chain.

Smart Contract Write Functionality

Target Date: Q2 - Q3 2020 Status: Complete, Write contract/ write proxy functionalities are implemented (Release 3.3.0).

Users can currently verify and read contracts on BlockScout. The next smart contract development phase will allow users to interact with contracts directly through the interface. Verified contract methods will be accessible and users can connect through a web3 wallet (such as MetaMask) to access and execute contract functions.

ERC1155 Support

Target Date: Q2 2021 Status: Basic Functionality added for xDai chain, additional support in process.

ERC-1155 tokens are increasing in popularity as a way to manage multiple-token types including fungible and non-fungible tokens within a single instance. This feature provides parsing and display of tokens contained within an ERC-1155. Additional functionality such as metadata display is in process.

Search Enhancements

Target Date: Q3 2021 Status: Ongoing

Most users access an explorer through the search function. Search should be robust, optimized for mobile and include additional information about contracts, tokens etc. We will continue to optimize the search functionality to provide users with robust search data on BlockScout.

EIP-1559 Support

Target Date: Q3 2021 Status: Ongoing

The London upgrade will create additional data points for exploration, including burn fees, priority fees, current gas target and more. These items will be incorporated into the explorer for chains after the London upgrade is completed.

My Account Functionality

Target Date: Q4 2021 Status: R&D

We will explore adding account features for users looking for explorer personalizations, including alerts and notifications, the ability to watch specific addresses, name and customize data within the dashboard, and other advanced features.

Data Storage Optimization

Target Date: Ongoing

Updating and optimizing the indexing scheme for storable data. We are working to decrease the BlockScout database size while preserving the same level of functionality.

Performance Enhancements

Target Date: Ongoing - 80% covered in release 3.0.0

As chain data grows exponentially, load speed, database optimization & caching, data parsing and front-end improvements are all required to maintain optimal performance. These efforts will continue as additional features are added to BlockScout.