RecordsKeeper Technology Comparison

In this article, we are comparing RecordsKeeper blockchain with other blockchains, by some general parameters which are shown in the table. With the help of this, users can quickly identify which blockchain is more suitable and useful for them. For this comparison, we have considered some basic blockchain parameters like max block size, transaction size, max transaction per second, etc. The detailed analysis is given in the following table:

 

Features

Public RecordsKeeper

Private RecordsKeeper Bitcoin Ethereum Neo EOS
Max Block Size 10 MB Up to 1 GB 1 MB Doesn’t have Block size but works on Gas Limits. Currently 2 MB. But it can be extended. Doesn’t has Block size but works on Gas Limits.
Max Transaction Size 8 MB Up to 1GB 1 MB 780kB (Because of the Gas Limit) Currently 1 MB. But it can be extended. 780kB (Because of the Gas Limit).
Max transactions per seconds 3000 transactions per seconds. 3000 transactions per seconds. 5 transactions per seconds. 15 transactions per seconds. Currently 1000 transactions per second extends upto 10000. 1000 transactions per seconds extended upto 1000000.
Avg. Block time 15 seconds 15 seconds 10 minutes 15 seconds 15 seconds 0.5 seconds.
Max Data Size 4 MB Up to 1 GB 1 MB 780kB (Because of the Gas Limit) Currently 1 MB. But it can be extended. 780kB (Because of the Gas Limit)
Data Retrieval Key based retrieval Key based retrieval Need to transverse Blockchain to get the transaction with data. Need to transverse Blockchain to get the transaction with data. Contract-based retrieval. Need to transverse Blockchain to get the transaction with data.
Mining Algorithm POW POW POW POW dBFT DPOS+BFT
Mining Consensus Feature implementation with Mining Diversity Feature implementation with Mining Diversity No Mining Consensus Present No Mining Consensus Present 66% consensus rule. No Mining Consensus Present.
Permissions Control who can connect, send and receive transactions, create assets, streams, and blocks. Control who can connect, send and receive transactions, create assets, streams, and blocks. Bitcoin is a permissionless blockchain. You have to adapt and change Ethereum Blockchain to run a permissions Blockchain. Neo is a public blockchain, so anybody can connect and mine. EOS is a public blockchain, so anybody can connect and mine.
Assets/Cryptocurrency Use XRK to upload data over the Blockchain. You can issue millions of your own assets on a blockchain. Bitcoin available as Cryptocurrency. You can create tokens over the Ethereum Blockchain. You can create custom tokens on NEO, NEO available as cryptocurrency and GAS used as a transaction fee. Uses Ethereum ERC20 token but, after June 1st, the new eos.io system will instead offer its own blockchain, separate from Ethereum, with its own native coin.
Security Provides flexible security with multi signatures, external private keys, cold nodes, and consensus. For initial 2 years, admin holds the security. You can define and provide your own security with multi signatures, external private keys, cold nodes, and consensus. Bitcoin does not support advanced authentication mechanism. Although it provides with Data Sanitization, Key storage and Audit logs. You can define and provide your own security with multi signatures etc. with the help of smart contracts. You can define and provide your own security with multi signatures etc. with the help of smart contracts. You can define and provide your own security with multi signatures etc. with the help of smart contracts.
Multisig support Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Hashing algorithm SHA256, RIPMEND 160 SHA256, RIPMEND 160 SHA256, RIPMEND 160 Ethhash(“sha3_256” and “sha3_512” hashes) SHA256 KECCAK 256
Programming languages used for development All All No smart contracts support. Solidity C#, Java, Python(currently) Javascript, C, C++(in future) WebAssembly languages(C++,C, Rust)
Programming language used for build C, C++ C, C++ C, C++ C++ C# C++

Storage Price Comparison of RecordsKeeper (XRK) with other major Blockchains

Blockchain Databases are the completely different models from the cloud storages like AWS S3, Dropbox etc. or Blockchain Storages like Storj, Filecoin etc. The cloud storages require you to pay a certain amount of payment on a monthly basis and if you don’t pay the fees, your data is not retained over the vendor end. The Blockchain storages are based on one-time payment where you can store your data for the indefinite amount of time. The storage costs over the Blockchain has to be paid upfront and should be available for years to come. Please note that such Blockchain storages are not query-able without the transaction id. On the other hand, Blockchain Databases are the databases which may behave like a storage as well as data objects remain query-able using some formats like the key or other similar formats.

RecordsKeeper has developed an efficient and sustainable data storage (aka key-value pair based database) over Blockchain for a long period of time. RecordsKeeper Blockchain-centric solution is built to store, share and manage your information or data objects in the safest fashion. Once your data is over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, it cannot be deleted, tampered or modified even by the data owner. On top of that RecordsKeeper provide data storage with as minute cost as possible as compared to other Blockchains available in the market.

Let’s look into the cost estimates of different Blockchains and how RecordsKeeper is fair against them in terms of price:

RecordsKeeper

Data Upload on RecordsKeeper is established through XRK tokens. Currently, the price of XRK tokens is 1 Ether = 5,000 XRK tokens. With the current price of BTC that comes out to be:

1 XRK =$ 0.0894 USD

1024 bytes/1 KiloByte of data requires 0.1 XRK as fees, converting the same to USD 1 KiloByte of data requires $ 0.00894 USD

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Blockchain was not designed to store data but still many corporations and users have utilised the Bitcoin Blockchain to store permanent records. To store permanent records over Bitcoin you need to use OP_RETURN transactions which in turns specifies that you cannot spend the transaction once it’s OP_RETURN. As per the Bitcoin specifications, OP_RETURN is of size 80 bytes. Thus to store 1 KiloByte of data you require:

1024/80 = 12.9 ~~ 13 transactions

To be a valid transaction in the Bitcoin Blockchain a transaction requires a dust fee which is approximately 546 satoshis, with the current price of the Bitcoin($ 7997) the dust fees would be around:

0.00000546*7,977 = $ 0.044

On top of the dust fees Bitcoin also has transaction fees. As per 15th April, 2018 median Bitcoin transaction fees is $ 0.251

So the cost for uploading 1 KB over the Bitcoin Blockchain would be:

13.(0.044 + 0.251) = $ 3.835 USD

Ethereum

Ethereum Blockchain works differently from the Bitcoin Blockchain. You need to specify gas to send and store transactions over the Ethereum Blockchain. The minimum gas required for a transaction to broadcast over the Ethereum network is 21,000. As per the Ethereum whitepaper to send the data in 32 bytes chunk it requires gas. If the data is all zeros then it requires 4 gas for 32 bytes and if the data contains some text or string then it requires 68 gas for 32 bytes of data. Let’s look into the very basic and minimum data with all zeros. As per the whitepaper it requires 4 gas for 32 bytes for zeroed data.

For 1024 bytes of data it was 32 chunks of 32 bytes. So we require in total gas:

32*4 = 128 gas

Now storing the sent data over Ethereum Blockchain requires 20,000 gas for every 32-byte word. To store 1 KiloByte/1024 bytes of data it will require:

32*20000 = 640000 gas

Adding both the gas. In total to store and send 1 KiloByte of zeroed data we require:

640000+128 = 640128 gas

Taking into the account the current average gas price (11.89 Gwei) and the current rate of 1 ether ($ 507.386997). The transaction will cost you:

640128 * 0.00000001189 * 507.386997 = $ 3.86 USD

This value is only for sending and storing over the Ethereum Blockchain. The cost overhead is increased when you need to develop, audit and deploy the Smart Contract to do the same.

Neo

Neo Blockchain has a complete different mechanism for storing the data over the Blockchain. Currently for Neo, there is no transaction fees required for sending but user can opt to pay the transaction fees for priority in Blockchain, we will take up the minimum cost, such that no transaction fees is provided in sending the data over Neo Blockchain but for storing the data it requires 1 gas for 1 KiloByte of data.

The current price for gas is $19.38 USD, thus 1 KiloByte of data will require:

1*19.38 = $ 19.38 USD

This value is only for sending and storing over the Neo Blockchain. The cost overhead is increased when you need to develop, audit and deploy the Smart Contract to do the same.

EOS

As per the EOS white paper, EOS works with state storage capacity so if you own 1% of the tokens then the software will allocate 1% of the available storage capacity of the blockchain to you. For example If there are 1 billion tokens and 1 terabyte (TB) of storage then each kilobyte (1024 bytes) of storage would cost about 1 token. At a $3 billion dollar market cap that would be around $3 per kilobyte. If the tokens reach the market cap of Ethereum then it would could be $30 per kilobyte.

Price Chart for storing data over different Blockchains*:

Size RecordsKeeper Bitcoin Ethereum Neo EOS
1 KiloByte $ 0.00894 USD $ 3.835 USD $ 3.86 USD $ 19.38 USD $3 USD
1 MegaByte $ 8.94 USD $ 3866.86 USD $ 3954.49 USD $ 19742.72 USD $ 3072 USD

* Based on USD price on 15 April, 2018

How to use XRK Wallet?

RecordsKeeper wallet is used to check your XRK balance, send and receive XRK to other XRK wallets. RecordsKeeper wallet has a toggle on top right corner through which you can switch to Testnet and Mainnet of the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. This wallet supports both networks so you can check your balance, send and receive transaction on both these networks.

After Creating a new wallet or Restoring your XRK Wallet you can follow the steps below to get familiar with the environment for XRK wallet.

Step 1: To access the RecordsKeeper wallet follow this link: https://wallet.recordskeeper.co/. You will see a window like this:

Step 2: If you already have XRK wallet, please enter your wallet address in the text area and then press the submit button. If you don’t have a valid address then follow the How to create and restore XRK Wallet? (link to the blog) to generate or restore your Public Address. You will see the wallet interface like this:

Here you can see three tabs on the top of the wallet which are Transactions, Receive and Send tabs. Transactions tab is the default one which will show your XRK balance on the top and transactions history below this with the details like Transaction id, time, transaction amount and a label which shows if the transaction is incoming or outcoming. If they are incoming transactions then they are shown in green and if they are outgoing transactions then they are shown in red.

Step 3: The next is the Receive tab which shows your XRK public address, use this address to receive payments. A similar window will be shown to you:

Step 4: The next is the Send tab which is used for sending XRK to other XRK wallets on the same network. A similar window will be shown to you:

Sender’s XRK address is shown at the top which is your XRK public address and now enter Recipient’s Address and the XRK amount you want to send to the receiver. You can also fill the optional data fields given at the bottom which are Record identifier key and optional data with the send transaction. Then click on the Send transaction button to push the transaction on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

Step 5: After you click the send transaction button a window will appear which is used to authorize the transaction. An approximate fee gets reflected in this window this is the fee that gets credited to the miner who confirms the transaction. Enter the private key of your XRK address here and click on “Send”, your transaction gets confirmed and broadcasted on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

A confirmation screen is shown as below, you can click on the transaction link to view the transaction in the RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer:

You can also view all your transactions in the transaction tab of the wallet. This wallet is designed with top performance and security, where we always ask for your Private Key and never store at our end.

How to create and restore XRK Wallet?

RecordsKeeper provides different utilities to manage your XRK tokens and publish data. One of the major tools is the XRK wallet (https://wallet.recordskeeper.co/)

XRK wallet comes with the functionality of mnemonic seeds, which provides you with 24 random words which you can use to restore wallet. This makes it a much better process of saving wallets as you don’t need to remember or store your private key. Below we are going to discuss How to create and restore your XRK Wallet.

Create XRK Wallet

Step1: Open up the link for the XRK wallet (https://wallet.recordskeeper.co/)

Step2: Click on the button “Create XRK Wallet”. This will open a popup window shown below

Step3: Now click on the “Create XRK Wallet”. You can also provide an optional password for your wallet. This password is used to secure your wallet and you have to provide this password to recover your wallet. After clicking on the button, your wallet will be created with the Private Key and the Public Address. It will also give you the option to download and print your wallet. You can also see the mnemonic seed generated which you can use to recover your wallet. XRK wallet also provides you with the QR code where you can scan the QR code to get your Private Key and Public Address.

Make sure to save your private key securely as if you lose your private key, you could also lose your XRK tokens.

Step4: You can click the Print button below to print your paper wallet. The example of print preview is shown below (You can also take the print of your seed phrase separately)

Step5: Click on the close button and this will take your generated public address to the address field on the start screen. Then you can click on the “Submit” button to start your wallet.

Restore XRK Wallet

Step1: To restore XRK wallet, Click on the “Restore XRK Wallet” button on the home screen at https://wallet.recordskeeper.co/index.php

Step2: Enter your 24 Seed phrase and password for the wallet and click on “Restore Wallet”.

Step3: After Clicking on the button, your wallet will be restored and you will see your private key and Public Address on a screen similar shown below. You will also get the QR code for both Private Key and Public Address. You can also print your wallet by clicking on the “Print wallet” button. Click on the “Close” button and this will get your address to the home screen of the wallet.

Step4: Now you can start your wallet by clicking on the “Submit” button.

RecordsKeeper do not store or pass your Private Key at all. You can be sure that RecordsKeeper will never store your Private Key. You can follow the How to use XRK wallet? (link to the blog) to get familiar with the XRK wallet.

How to verify Records/Transactions in RecordsKeeper Blockchain?

RecordsKeeper is an open source public Blockchain available to everyone. RecordsKeeper can be used to store large data over the Blockchain in key-value based format and retrieve at other ends. You can use RecordsKeeper to verify records and transactions. For example, you can view the Proof-of-existence demo (https://demo.recordskeeper.co/proof-of-existence/).

The Proof-of-Existence utilizes the functionality of taking hash while uploading the file over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. The hash of the file is stored as the key and data is stored as the metadata of the file.

By storing the hash as the key, we make sure that the users can search and retrieve the data using the hash of the file. When the users upload the file to verify it on the Blockchain then a request is made over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain to get the file using the hash as the key. If the file is present over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain then the result is returned else if the file is not present then the result is empty. In this way, the user can check the verification of the file. If the file has tampered then the hash of the file will be changed and it won’t be present over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

As the RecordsKeeper provides the functionality of publishing multiple data with the same key, this also provides the functionality of verifying the original owner of the file. If multiple users upload the file over the Blockchain then time-based entries are stored over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain where you can verify the original owner by the date of published record.

How to make Records private in RecordsKeeper Blockchain?

RecordsKeeper Blockchain is built as Public Open Source Platform to share data globally but it still supports multiple features you can use to make the data private over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

  1. RecordsKeeper Private Chain: RecordsKeeper is provided as an open source platform, so you can use the RecordsKeeper codebase to create your own private chains. This provides the functionality for access rights to you and you can grant permissions accordingly so that the data is shared only between the authorized users.
  2. Encrypting Records before Publishing on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain: This method utilizes the RecordsKeeper public Blockchain but gives you a process so that only the authorized users have the access to the data shared over the Blockchain. Over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, all the users have their own private and public keys. This step can be divided into the number of sub-steps:
  • The user who wants to share data privately with the other users receives the public addresses of the other users through a secure channel.
  • User encrypts the data using his/her private key.
  • The user again encrypts the data using the other authorized users public key thus creating a separate entity for each user who wants to access the data. This encryption makes sure that only the authorized users have the access to the data and no other user even if they have the publishers public key can access data.
  • The user publishes the data over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, creating a separate transaction for each authorized user.
  • User shares the transaction id with the authorized users.
  • Now authorized users can read the data from the transaction but it is still encrypted.
  • Authorised users use their private keys to decrypt the data, which still has one more level of encryption.
  • Publisher shares his/her public key with authorized users through a secure channel.
  • Authorised users now can decrypt the data to get the original record using the publishers public key.

This makes sure that your data is secure and safely distributed among the interested parties. You can then use the key pairs from the RecordsKeeper for the whole process, or you can generate your own key pairs using any other 3rd party Cryptography libraries.

Please make sure that you do not share your private key in the complete process.

How to use Proof-of-Existence built on RecordsKeeper Blockchain?

Proof-of-existence is a demonstration of a working application based on RecordsKeeper Blockchain. This utility is used to publish and verify data on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

You can publish any data file and this application will convert that file into a hash value and then stores that hash on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You can also verify that file by uploading it on the verify page of the application, and if it exists on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, then the application will check against the hash value of the file and return all the transactions related to that file. A toggle is given on the top right corner of the application through which you can switch to Testnet and Mainnet of RecordsKeeper Blockchain. This application supports both networks so you can publish and verify on any of these networks.

So, let’s see the complete working of Proof-of-existence application:

Step 1:  Click on this link to access the Proof-of-existence application. You will see a page like this:

Step 2: Now, if you have to publish a file over RecordsKeeper Blockchain then enter the Name, Email, and Message(optional) fields. Then select the file that you want to publish by using Choose file button or by dropping the file on the panel.

Step 3: As soon as the file is uploaded, document hash gets generated and you will see a page similar to this picture:

Step 4: Now after clicking on the “Generate Poe Now” button a success table gets generated with details like transaction id, signature, confirmations, blocktime and blockhash etc.

Step 5: This table also has an URL which contains the link to the page that will return the result of all the records of the RecordsKeeper Blockchain against its signature value.

Step 6: Next step is to verify the document that is uploaded on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain and for that you have to upload the document on the “Verify Poe” tab and then click on the “Verify Poe Now” button. It will show a page which have all the transactions arranged in a chronological order that are recorded against uploaded document signature.

Step 7: This application also shows the five recently generated poe in a table with Document digest and the recorded timestamp as the general information.

Anyone with the URL of the file can verify the existence of the file recorded on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. The link embedded in the “Transaction Id” redirects to the Blockchain explorer which shows the information related to that transaction.

You can also check out other tools related to RecordsKeeper Blockchain from “Other Tools” tab.

How to Publish/Retrieve data records in RecordsKeeper Blockchain?

RecordsKeeper offers a solution where you can publish your data in key-value based pairs over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain and then retrieve it using the key. In this post, we will show you how to use curl commands in the shell to publish and retrieve data records from the streams in RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

Before we start you need to set up your own node by following this documentation: https://docs.recordskeeper.co/en/latest/gettingstarted.html

You also need the proper authorization for your node. You have to provide Base64 conversion of node’s Username and Password, which you can access through RK.conf built in your RecordsKeeper directory. Check below to get the Username and Password for your node and then convert them into Basic Authorization in Base64 using any tool.

Linux (Ubuntu):
From your terminal run following commands:

cd ~/.rk/recordskeeper/
cat rk.conf

It will open the configuration file from where you can copy rpcuser and rpcpassword of your node. Convert this username and password to Base64.

Windows:
Go to the directory:
AppData > Roaming > Rk > RecordsKeeper

Then look for the rk.conf file and open it in any text editor. It will display rpcuser and rpcpassword of your node. Convert this username and password to Base64.

Let’s start with How to publish your data in a stream:
RecordsKeeper offers a solution where you can publish your data in key-value based pairs over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain and then retrieve it using the key. In this post, we will show you how to use curl commands in the shell to publish and retrieve data records from the streams in RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

Before we start you need to set up your own node by following this documentation: https://docs.recordskeeper.co/en/latest/gettingstarted.html

You also need the proper authorization for your node. You have to provide Base64 conversion of node’s Username and Password, which you can access through rk.conf built in your RecordsKeeper directory. Check below to get the Username and Password for your node and then convert them into Basic Authorization in Base64 using any tool.

Linux (Ubuntu):
From your terminal run following commands:

cd ~/.rk/recordskeeper/
cat rk.conf

It will open the configuration file from where you can copy rpcuser and rpcpassword of your node. Convert this username and password to Base64.

Windows:
Go to the directory:
AppData > Roaming > Rk > RecordsKeeper

Then look for the rk.conf file and open it in any text text editor. It will display rpcuser and rpcpassword of your node. Convert this username and password to Base64.

Let’s start with How to publish your data in a stream:

Publish

You can use the publish command which is provided as JSON RPC API to publish the data over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain

Example:

curl -X POST \  http://35.170.xxx.xx:83XX/ \

 -H ‘authorization: Basic cmtycGM6M1c0aHByUUx3c2h4Nxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’ \

 -H ‘cache-control: no-cache’ \

 -H ‘content-type: text/plain’ \

 -d ‘{“method”:”publish”,”params”:[“root”, “testkey1”, “787676”],”id”:”curltext”,”chain_name”:”recordskeeper-test”}’

 

You have to provide your node’s ip address with port and your node’s basic authorization in the curl command. This command will return you the transaction id which can be see through RecordsKeeper Blockchain explorer. Here we are showing you the example to publish to the RecordsKeeper Testnet, you can also use the same steps to publish over the RecordsKeeper Mainnet.

Retrieve

Get Stream Item

You can use this command to get the exact stream item from the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You need to pass the stream name and transaction id as the parameters.

Example:

curl -X POST \  http://35.170.xxx.xx:83XX/ \

 -H ‘authorization: Basic cmtycGM6M1c0aHByUUx3c2h4Nxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’ \

 -H ‘cache-control: no-cache’ \

 -H ‘content-type: text/plain’ \

 -d ‘{“method”:”getstreamitem”,”params”:[“root”, “43878d92e64077d300e70d6e7e99914a8b4732b513ce0f35fbb26fe4a7a5b37e”],”id”:”curltext”,”chain_name”:”recordskeeper-test”}’

You have to provide your node’s ip address with port and your node’s basic authorization in the curl command. This command will return you the exact details about the stream item published over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain

List Stream Key Items

You can use this command to list the value against the key stored in the stream over the RecordsKepper Blockchain. You need to pass the stream name and the key for the data as the parameters.

Example:

curl -X POST \  http://35.170.xxx.xx:83XX/ \

 -H ‘authorization: Basic cmtycGM6M1c0aHByUUx3c2h4Nxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’ \

 -H ‘cache-control: no-cache’ \

 -H ‘content-type: text/plain’ \

 -d ‘{“method”:”liststreamkeyitems”,”params”:[“root”, “testkey1″],”id”:”curltext”,”chain_name”:”recordskeeper-test”}’

You have to provide your node’s ip address with port and your node’s basic authorization in the curl command. This command will return you the data corresponding to the key stored in the stream item published over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

List Stream Items

This command is used to list all the stream items inside a single stream. By passing the stream name you can get all the records stored inside the specific stream.

Example:

curl -X POST \  http://35.170.xxx.xx:83XX/ \

 -H ‘authorization: Basic cmtycGM6M1c0aHByUUx3c2h4Nxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’ \

 -H ‘cache-control: no-cache’ \

 -H ‘content-type: text/plain’ \

  -d ‘{“method”:”liststreamitems”,”params”:[“root”],”id”:”curltext”,”chain_name”:”recordskeeper-test”}’

You have to provide your node’s ip address with port and your node’s basic authorization in the curl command. This command will return you the JSON object with all the records inside a single stream.

Curl commands are very effective to make JSON RPC calls, you can also use any programming language to create a request for the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. If you are not familiar with Curl then you can directly see the stream details and stream items through the RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer (https://www.recordskeeper.co/blog/use-recordskeeper-blockchain-explorer/)

How to use RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer?

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer provides you the details about what is happening inside the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.RecordsKeeper Blockchain explorer shows the latest blocks in the blockchain. Let’s take an example if a new block is discovered by miners and transactions are either in the memory pool or confirmed in the block, then the RecordsKeeper Blockchain explorer will show you the live details about the block and when the transactions are in memory pool or confirmed in the block. You can also view the specific details about the block by clicking on it. Clicking on a specific network block will provide you with more information regarding its size, fees, when it was found in the Blockchain, and more importantly, which all transactions it contains. It also provides the details like the hash of every block which is linked to the previous network blocks, all of which have a unique hash and a unique set of transactions.

The RecordsKeeper has access to 2 types of Blockchain explorer:

  1. RecordsKeeper Mainnet Blockchain Explorer (https://explorer.recordskeeper.co/)
  2. RecordsKeeper Testnet Blockchain Explorer (https://test-explorer.recordskeeper.co/)

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer Home

At the homepage of the explorer you can view the following details:

  • Status of the Blockchain – This shows whether the Blockchain is running or not.
  • Blockchain Name – In our case the public Blockchain available is named RecordsKeeper.
  • Total number of Blocks confirmed in RecordsKeeper – These are the total number of Blocks found in the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.
  • The total number of transactions in RecordsKeeper – These are the total transactions in the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.
  • The total number of addresses in RecordsKeeper – These are the total number of addresses recognized in the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.
  • The total number of streams in RecordsKeeper – These are like the data objects in the RecordsKeeper on which you can store your key-value based data. The “root” stream in RecordsKeeper is open to everyone.
  • The total number of peer – This is the total number of nodes connected to the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

After the information described above it shows the latest transactions inside the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, where you can click on the transaction id in the table to direct you to the specific transaction page. The transaction table also shows you the type of transaction (Metadata, stream etc.), transaction status (total number of confirmations for the transaction or whether it is in memory pool) and the time when the transaction was made in the RecordsKeeper Blockchain.

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Summary

You can view the RecordsKeeper Blockchain information by clicking on the chain name in the homepage. It will show the summary and the general information about the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You can view different parameters like the difficulty of the RecordsKeeper Blockchain, version of the RecordsKeeper Blockchain and the protocol being used for the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You will see the information page as shown below:

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Blocks Information

You can also view the blocks in the RecordsKepper Blockchain by clicking on the block numbers at the homepage of the explorer. The following page will be displayed to you:

Here you can see the basic Block details like the recent block numbers. A miner who confirmed the block, the time of confirmation and the number of transactions inside the block. You can click on the individual Block number to view the details about the specific block:

At the Block Summary page, you can see the hash of the block and how it is linked with the previous and the next block, you will also see the number of transactions and the transaction fees utilized in the block. Clicking on the Transaction link will take you to the transaction detail page.

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Streams

You can also view the streams in the RecordsKepper Blockchain by clicking on the stream numbers at the homepage of the explorer. The following page will be displayed to you:

Here you can see the stream names with the corresponding total number of items in the stream. You can also see the permissions for the respective stream. Clicking on the stream name will take you to the stream summary page:

Stream summary page gives you the detailed information about the stream, here you can also see the latest stream items published in the stream and all the publishers for the stream.

The details about the stream items can be accessed from the stream homepage by clicking on the total steam item number. The following page will be displayed:

The time is displayed in UTC and gives you the time when the item was published, you can also see the key and corresponding data to the key. The entries are displayed as the latest entry first for the stream items. On click of the specific stream item, you can view all the entries for the corresponding stream item.

As you can see in the image above the entry key has multiple data entries, which are displayed here. You can view the time of publish for the entry, data recorded, size of data and the corresponding publisher for the stream item.

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Transactions

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Explorer provides the transactions as hyperlinks on all the pages, you can click on the specific transaction id to check the details about the specific transaction. You can also click on the transaction link on the homepage to view the transaction details:

Transaction details give you all the data needed to see how the transaction got executed over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. Following data can be seen on the transaction details page:

  • Hash of the transaction
  • Block in which transaction appeared
  • Number of inputs for the transaction
  • Number of outputs for the transaction
  • Size of the transaction
  • Input points and the Script signature for the transaction.
  • Output points and the verification Script for the transaction.

 

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Addresses

You can click on any of the addresses on the explorer to view the total balance and the permissions of the address:

RecordsKeeper Blockchain Addresses

RecordsKeeper provides the functionality of search on every page for the users to search by address, block number, hash, transaction or chain name. By providing with the correct input, you can directly see the corresponding page for the entity.

Please Note: All the entities used in this blog are present for the only demo, please do not make use of them in your applications.

How to get XRK tokens?

XRKs are the peer-2-peer-based tokens used in RecordsKeeper Blockchain as an incentive & payment model for uploading records and data over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. XRK are provided to the miners as fees computed for uploading records over RecordsKeeper Blockchain. XRKs are based upon Bitcoin’s original protocol with changes to its underlying codes, therefore conceiving an entirely effective token with a different set of ‘out of the box’ features which makes it a perfect fit for data upload.The user uploading the data over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain has to make sure to provide the XRK fees required to upload the data with the transaction. The fees are based on the size of data and are currently running at 0.1 XRK/Kbyte.

Currently, you can receive XRK tokens in two ways:

  1. RecordsKeeper Airdrop: The team at RecordsKeeper is providing 5 free XRK tokens for you to use to publish data over the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You can visit the link: https://airdrop.recordskeeper.co/ to register and receive your free XRK tokens. You can also refer others and receive few extra tokens.

You can follow the steps mentioned in the corresponding links to successfully register and receive free XRK tokens  (https://www.recordskeeper.co/blog/how-to-participate-in-xrk-airdrop/).

  1. RecordsKeeper Mining: RecordsKeeper is an open public Blockchain available for everyone. We have a strong mining community and always look to increase and engage the mining community. As a miner, you will receive a reward of 10 XRK coins per block in addition to the transaction fees which your computer confirms on the RecordsKeeper Blockchain. You can also participate in RecordsKeeper mining.

Follow the mining documentation to get started with RecordsKeeper mining:

    https://docs.recordskeeper.co/en/latest/minningguide.html