Wondering, “Where’s my Bitcoin?” Our free Block Explorer tool can help you track down specific transactions.
The Bitcoin.com Block Explorer quite literally lets you explore both the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) blockchains.
Similar to a search engine, you can use it to search for specific blocks, transactions, and even addresses.
How do you use Block Explorer to find transaction details?
1. Select the transaction within your wallet
Open up your digital wallet and select the transaction you’d like to learn more about. Most software wallets and crypto exchanges clearly list your recent transactions for you, making them easy to find.
2. Find the unique transaction ID
Every Bitcoin transaction comes with its own transaction ID (TXID), a string of letters and numbers that makes it unique. The Bitcoin.com wallet conveniently provides the TXID for you, as do some other wallets and exchanges.
3. View on Block Explorer
If you’re using the Bitcoin.com wallet, simply click ‘view on blockchain’ and you’ll be taken to the corresponding page on Block Explorer. Otherwise, cut and paste the transaction ID and search for it manually within Block Explorer.
Why might you need a transaction ID?
You might need to track down a transaction ID for various reasons. Two of the most common include:
If you’re worried about a delay, you can use Block Explorer to view your transaction. If it appears there, you can rest assured that your transaction is in progress.
Proof of sending
Sometimes a recipient may ask you to send a transaction ID to verify you’ve sent Bitcoin to them. This TXID provides irrefutable proof of a successful transfer.
Struggling to find the transaction ID?
Not all wallets and exchanges provide the TXID for you. However, you can still find it yourself. Start by locating the address you sent the Bitcoin to and paste this into the Block Explorer search bar. The result will show all incoming and outgoing transactions specific to that address.
As such, there’s often more than one transaction listed. To find the TXID you’re looking for, check figures like date, time, and amount sent so you can be sure its the right transaction.
What if your transaction isn’t found on Block Explorer?
Firstly, don’t panic. This is one of the most common questions we get asked and there’s usually a simple explanation. It’s possible that you’ve searched the wrong blockchain. For instance, if you’re looking for a BCH TXID but you’ve searched on the BTC section of a typical Block Explorer, no results will be found.
To prevent confusion, the Bitcoin.com Block Explorer is clever enough to redirect you when this happens: you’ll be automatically sent to the right page after a few seconds. If you’re still struggling to find your transaction, it could be that the TXID is simply incorrect. Particularly if you’ve been sending it back and forth in various messengers used by other people, errors can occur and, since Block Explorers are very precise, even one tiny mistake will return no results.
It’s most likely that the TXID was either not copied in full or, potentially, it may not be a transaction at all (i.e. just a randomized set of digits and letters instead). In the case of the latter, this could mean somebody is trying to prove they’ve sent you Bitcoin when in fact they haven’t—so proceed with caution.
What if your transaction has been sent to the wrong address?
Sometimes, transactions can be sent to the wrong address (i.e. due to a typo) or to the wrong blockchain entirely. Unfortunately, both cases are difficult to resolve. Occasionally, crypto exchanges will try to help you if you’ve made a mistake when sending. Since these exchanges are centralized, they can technically control the cryptocurrency moving in and out of wallets, so they could potentially reverse a transaction for you.
However, if you’re not using an exchange, getting your coins back is impossible. Bitcoin is decentralized by design meaning nobody can undo transactions you make. Plus, wallets are not tied to anybody’s identity, so you can’t simply reach out to the recipient and ask them to kindly return your funds. To prevent this from ever happening to you, always double check addresses before sending any Bitcoin.
What if your TXID exists but your Bitcoin hasn’t arrived?
Occasionally, transactions take more time to send. In this case, you’ll see that the TXID shows up on Block Explorer but the Bitcoin has yet to arrive in the recipient’s wallet.
There’s no reason to worry! Once a transaction appears on the Block Explorer, you know it will eventually complete. But why do Bitcoin transactions sometimes get delayed?
Regular Bitcoin Cash (BCH) transactions typically transact in seconds and, for larger amounts, they usually complete within an hour. However, Bitcoin Core (BTC) transactions have been known to take several days to complete when the network is busy.
Crypto exchanges have different requirements when it comes to how many confirmations they require. Until this number has been reached, you won’t see the Bitcoin in your wallet. You can check how many confirmations your exchange requires by reading their website.
Occasionally, blockchains undergo planned maintenance. During this time, transactions will be delayed as most wallets and exchanges temporarily freeze transfers. You’ll get advance notice of this and all transactions will complete once the maintenance is finished.