I am looking for a Stellar Blockexplorer API which lets me look up (given an address and transaction hash) the exact amount in Lumen that was transferred in a transaction as a single string. Example with bitcoin:


Given a transaction Hash I need to look up 3 things things

  • The name/code of the token
  • The amount transferred
  • The address the transaction was sent to.

An API call like this: lets me look up these 3 things but unfortunately, I have to parse the JSON data. Now to give you background on why I cannot do this: I am developing a smart contract on Ethereum that lets users swap Ether for other currencies. I am using Oraclize: to make an external API call that verifies whether a transaction occurred. Now the very problem is that I cannot parse the JSON input in my contract. Any string operation is extremely expensive and would defy the purpose.

Any hint is appreciated thank you!

Edit [28.01.19] I found the solution. The json must be parsed before I make the query using oracalizes services like such:

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Stellar Core is the bitcoin mining nodes, and Horizon is the API extended from Core for users. So you are looking for Horizon:

Public net Horizon: https://horizon.stellar.org/

[EDITED, 2018-01-29] Two steps:

Step 1 - tx_hash to envelop_xdr, using API

Use the /transaction/:hash API with the hash, to get the "envelope_xdr" (which contains tx details).

e.g. For hash="f282160d542c42c1f8b15cf0c3872a7b29c088e0890113e78e06c8e4b6492ebc", see https://horizon-testnet.stellar.org/transactions/f282160d542c42c1f8b15cf0c3872a7b29c088e0890113e78e06c8e4b6492ebc


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Step 2 - decode XDR

With the "envelope_xdr", decode it to get the raw information (Using SDK @CLI, or Laboratory @UI):

For UI, we use laboratory: https://www.stellar.org/laboratory/#xdr-viewer?type=TransactionEnvelope&network=test

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And you get all the 3 things

  • The name/code of the token
  • The amount transferred
  • The address the transaction was sent to

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  • Hi thanks alot for the answer. The horizon API is helpful but does not solve the problem in my case. Given a transaction Hash I need to lookup 3 things Commented Jan 25, 2019 at 14:07
  • overread your question, now edited :)
    – cesarm
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 1:53
  • thank you so much for your detailed response. As you can see above I found the answer using the Oraclize service itself. I do have another question, to check wether the transferred asset is XLM Lumens I only have to chec for key asset_type to be native correct? Example: horizon.stellar.org/operations/95356713582018561 Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 14:11
  • yes, asset_type=native always and only refers to XLM. Note that anyone can create an asset with asset_code=XLM, but the asset_type will be alphaNum4 instead of native.
    – cesarm
    Commented Jan 30, 2019 at 1:36

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