1.0.1 • Public • Published

Bitcore Insights

A module for bitcore that implements HTTP requests to different Web APIs to query the state of the blockchain.

Getting started

Be careful! When using this module, the information retrieved from remote servers may be compromised and not reflect the actual state of the blockchain.

npm install bitcore-insight
bower install bitcore-insight



Insight is a simple agent to perform queries to an Insight blockchain explorer. The default servers are and, hosted by BitPay Inc. You can (and we strongly suggest you do) run your own insight server. For more information, head to

This Insight module allows you to:

  • Get the UTXOs of a Bitcoin address to create a transaction with a Bitcore transaction object.
  • Broadcast a Bitcore transaction object to the Bitcoin Network (Mainnet or Testnet)

Retrieving Unspent UTXOs for an Address (or set of)

const Insight = require('bitcore-insight').Insight;
let insight = new Insight('testnet');
// Create a transaction
insight.getUtxos('Bitcoin Address From', (err, utxos) => {
  if (err) {
    // Handle errors...
  } else {
    // Maybe use the UTXOs to create a transaction

Where utxos is returned with the following object.

utxos: {
  "address": "Bitcoin Address",
  "amount": "Bitcoin Balance",
  "scriptPubKey": "Hash",
  "txid": "Hash",
  "vout": "Number" // Int 

Retrieving Transactions and Balance of an Address

const Insight = require('bitcore-insight').Insight;
let insight = new Insight('testnet');
// Create a transaction
insight.address('Bitcoin Address', (err, address) => {
  if (err) {
    // Handle errors...
  } else {
    return address;

Where address is returned with the following object.

address: {
    "hash": "hash",
    "type": "pubkeyhash",
    "network": "mainnet/testnet"
  "balance" : "Number of Satoshis", // Int
  "totalReceived" : "Number of Satoshis", // Int
  "totalSent" : "Number of Satoshis", // Int
  "transactionIds" : ["Transaction Id"], // array
  "unconfirmedBalance" : "Number of Satoshis" // Int

Retrieving Transaction by Transaction ID

const Insight = require('bitcore-insight').Insight;
let insight = new Insight('testnet');
// Create a transaction
insight.getTransaction('Bitcoin Transaction Id', (err, txid) => {
  if (err) {
    // Handle errors...
  } else {
    return txid;

Bitcoin's UTXO model does two transactions from its total balance to the receiving address and to its change address. For instance in the transaction below you can see valueIn = fees + valueOut. So where you see vin that is the input value and you have two vout transactions, one is to the address we want to send bitcoin to and the other is our own address to get the remaining bitcoin.

Where txid is returned with the following object. This is a sample transaction.

txid: {
  "blockhash": "00000000610ab87dd4c01d5684ad7765e2a24868314f523c849069e92683baf1",
  "blockheight": 1259756,
  "blocktime": 1516504693,
  "confirmations": 193967,
  "fees": 0.0005, // in BTC
  "locktime": 0,
  "size": 224,
  "time": 1516504693,
  "txid": "c0dd2c6ad7894c926d0d157fead487f46e7cdf3bf7ab271b68475b5c9f335e19",
  "valueIn": 0.5479, // in BTC
  "valueOut": 0.5474, // in BTC
  "version": 1,
  "vin": [{
    "addr": "moCEHE5fJgb6yHtF9eLNnS52UQVUkHjnNm",
    "doubleSpentTxID": null,
    "n": 0,
    "scriptSig": {
      "hex": "hex value", 
      "asm": "asm value"
  "sequence": 4294967295,
  "txid": "8e1d5d56b8c6455d64cf582f2bcdc40c5efc02a27f0c95b3fdbe11c906148fe3",
  "value": 0.5479,
  "valueSat": 54790000,
  "vout": 1
"vout": (2) [
  {"n": 0,
  "scriptPubKey": {
    "hex": "a9149b9b6fa42d6d4a26ec4d4f09e77a5408d073cfb587", 
    "asm": "OP_HASH160 9b9b6fa42d6d4a26ec4d4f09e77a5408d073cfb5 OP_EQUAL", 
    "addresses": ["2N7RzvuZvDjUyoLdQTJd4xYKsuA52MtA3H9"], 
    "type": "scripthash"
  "spentHeight": 1260665,
  "spentIndex": 2,
  "spentTxId": "1e7345484fc49202455738997ee0191c28da1f47bc649ab931aa490efdcb30a0",
  "value": "0.00100000"},
  {"n": 1,
"scriptPubKey": {
  "addresses": ["moCEHE5fJgb6yHtF9eLNnS52UQVUkHjnNm"],
  "asm": "OP_DUP OP_HASH160 5436727c70d7ed1ce5be6daedaaa69f130444f2b OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG",
  "hex": "76a9145436727c70d7ed1ce5be6daedaaa69f130444f2b88ac",
  "type": "pubkeyhash"
  "spentHeight": 1259756,
  "spentIndex": 0,
  "spentTxId": "026a4a1571ab07e239a0cc02134bd3df7d158b625678cf80424db30f21105cbf",
  "value": "0.54640000"}

Broadcasting a Transaction

const Insight = require('bitcore-insight').Insight;
let insight = new Insight('testnet');
// Sending the transaction to the Bitcoin network
insight.broadcast(tx, (err, returnedTxId) => {
  if (err) {
    // Handle errors...
  } else {
    // Mark the transaction as broadcasted


Code released under the MIT license.

Copyright 2013-2015 BitPay, Inc. Bitcore is a trademark maintained by BitPay, Inc.



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