Upcoming enhancements and updates to BlockScout
The Blockscout roadmap is a high-level strategic plan designed to guide xDai research and development. Target dates and details are reviewed regularly by the team and subject to move, adjust and change as the project evolves. Note that only completed items (
Status: Complete) are considered achieved project milestones.
Last update: April 11, 2022 | Changelog​


Search Enhancements

Target Date: Q4 2021 Status:
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. Some items of focus include:
  • Prominent search bar
  • Mobile upgrades
  • Improved dropdown
  • Full-page results
  • Search control functionality

Ethereum Mainnet BlockScout Instance

Target Date: Q2 2022 Status:
Instance deployed, currently in optimization and benchmarking phases
BlockScout offered prior support for the Ethereum mainnet. This instance was discontinued; however a new instance is now planned to further increase explorer diversity on Ethereum and provide additional transparency for Ethereum users.

My Account Functionality

Target Date: Q2 2022 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.

Deployment Improvements

Target Date: Q3 2022 Status: In Development
BlockScout deployment can be complicated for new users. Deployment improvements within a Docker environment will enable a fast path for easy setup and deployment.

NFT View Interface

Target Date: Q3 2022 Status: Ideation phase
As NFTs become more important to the ecosystem, the explorer will be updated and redesigned to display images, attributes and other data in a user-friendly interface.

Block/Address Detail Page Improvements

Target Date: Q2 2022 Status: In Development
A new UI interface is under development which will improve views and UX for Blockscout users.

Data Sorting/Filtering

Target Date: Q3 2022 Status: Ideation phase
Data in a tabular format should be easily sortable (ascending, descending by column). Improved pagination and filtering will give users access to view and filter data directly within the BlockScout interface.

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.

Landing Page

Target Date: Q2 2022 Status: In process
A new landing page is in development for Blockscout to assist new users and developers understand the Blockscout feature set.


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.

Rollup Support

Target Date: Q4 2021 Status:
Instances for Optimism and Arbitrum on Gnosis Chain
BlockScout availability and support is available for Optimism and Arbitrum on the Gnosis Chain. Includes tracking for gas price on L1 and the L2 implementations. Currently Optimism is the favored deployment.

EIP-1559 Support

Target Date: Q3-Q4 2021 Status:
The Gnosis Chain explorer supports EIP-1559 functionality with a stated transaction type (2 for EIP-1559) and includes data reporting of Max Fee per Gas, Max Priority Fee per Gas and Priority Fee / Tip paid for a transaction.

Multi-file Contract Source Code Verification

Target Date: Q4 2021 Status:
BlockScout supports verification for contracts via multiple methods including Hardhat and the Hardhat and Sourcify plugins. More information is available here.

Change Log

  • Rearranged into Completed and Ongoing Categories.
  • Updated Ongoing Item dates
  • Added UI enhancements
  • Marked as Completed
    • EIP-1559 Support <Completed>
    • Rollup Support <Completed>
    • Multi-file Contract Source Code Verification <Completed>
  • Added multiple new items to Q4 Roadmap including:
    • EIP-1559 Support
    • Ethereum Mainnet Instance
    • My Account Functionality
    • Rollup Support
    • Deployment Improvements
    • Multi-file Contract Source Code Verification
    • Block/Address Detail Page Improvements
    • Data Sorting/Filtering