From what I understand, Stellar.org keeps the history of their core nodes here.

I can click that URL and see an XML-formatted file list in my browser. Which is nice. However, to get a better feel for the data and dig a little deeper, I'm looking for a convenient way to browse through it.

I have tried Transmit, but it keeps asking me for an access key. Presumably I'm using it wrong.

Do any of you:
- have a convenient way of browsing Stellar's archive?
- have been able to get Transmit working for this purpose?


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Im using the aws command line tool

For example to see the contents of the archive

aws s3 --no-sign-request ls s3://history.stellar.org/

Or to look at a specific folder in the testnet archives

aws s3 --no-sign-request ls s3://history.stellar.org/prd/core-testnet/core_testnet_001/transactions/00/60/a1/
  • That's a great tip, I didn't think of that yet. Thanks!
    – Dieter
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 18:23
  • Just tried it out and works beautifully :) Cheers!
    – Dieter
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 18:40

Have you considered using the stellar-archivist tool?

The provided link shows an example of how to print a fetched archive file (ledger header, transactions, results, etc) as JSON in your terminal. Hope that helps!

  • I have, but thank you! I still need to get to the archive in question first and want to browse through it, but the archivist tool is a great resource.
    – Dieter
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 18:23

The best way to view archive data for Stellar is to run a Stellar Core node with CATCHUP_COMPLETE=true. This will pull in all the archive data. You can get all the options for the configuration file from here and a sample config file from here.

To easily view this data you can run a Horizon server on top of your stellar core instance and use the Horizon APIs to query any historical data that you need.

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    Thanks @stackcats, I appreciate the answer. It's not what I'm looking for however. That core will load the archive into its own bucket, as I understand it, putting me back on square one on how to browse an archive :)
    – Dieter
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 13:23

For reading, the preferred place to retrieve the SDF history archives is here:

These are mirrored from S3 and cached on Cloudflare. The directories do not allow listing, so to browse, begin at the root file of the relevant archive (as described in the docs), e.g.


for the history archive of SDF's first validator.

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