# IBC Tooling

In this section, you will discover the following tools:

  • MapOfZones
  • Mintscan
  • IOBScan

In this section, you will take a look at three very helpful visualization tools for the IBC network. They include information on the chains in the network (hub and zones), connections, channels, and transactions.

While going through the overview, it is recommended to try out all there is to discover: just click around and see what happens.

These types of tools help maintain an overview of the overall IBC network, but can also assist with things like relayer selection, as they provide an overview of essential metrics when it comes to relaying.

# MapOfZones - explore the interchain network

MapOfZones (opens new window) is an interchain network explorer.

By default, the explorer shows you a visual overview of the IBC network for the last 24 hours:

You can also change the time being visualized by the MapOfZones in the lower right side of the display. You can choose between:

  • 24 hours
  • Seven days
  • 30 days

The overview is dynamic and gives you a good feeling of the current activity in the overall network and between specific chains.

The individual chains are visualized by circle icons, sometimes including the chain's logo. Additionally, you can see connecting lines between the different chains. These lines represent connections between chains.

When you click on a specific chain with your mouse cursor, an overview of data for that chain is displayed on the right side.

The information displayed includes:

  • The number of transactions on that chain (for the selected time period)
  • The number of IBC transfers (for the selected time period)
  • The number of peers
  • The number of channels
  • A button for more Learn more

If you click on the Learn more, you are directed to an overview with more in-depth information about the chain selected:

In the peers section, you can find a list of all the chains the selected chain is connected to. When you click on a specific chain, you can see the channels between the selected chain and another chain:

Now you have an overview for each channel, including: how much IBC volume is transferred between the chains through the individual channels; the number of transfers successfully transferred to and received from a particular zone; the balancing figure between inbound and outbound IBC transfers; the number of IBC transfers failed attributed to a particular pair of channels between zones; and the ratio of successfully completed transfers to all transfers with final status.

There are canonical channels for ICS-20. All other channels will have been created accidentally by (inexperienced) relayers and hence have practically no transactions.

When you go to the Zones, you can find a list of the most active zones by IBC volume in USD:

The list includes very useful information, such as:

  • IBC volume, $: USD value of tokens successfully relayed via IBC transfer with pertinent volume in progress.
  • IBC volume in, $: USD value of tokens successfully received from other zones with pertinent volume in progress.
  • IBC volume out, $: USD value of tokens successfully transferred to other zones with pertinent volume in progress.
  • IBC transfer: number of successfully relayed IBC transfers with pertinent quantity in progress.
  • IBC DAU: number of unique addresses within the zone that have initiated outward IBC transfers.

You can also sort the list in either ascending or descending order with a click on the label.

# Mintscan

Mintscan (opens new window) is another interchain network explorer.

It gives an overview of IBC networks, including an explorer menu (left panel), a network visualization (center), and a list of chains (right panel). The visualization is based on IBC transactions within a 30-day period. A selection of alternative visualizations is available from the left panel:

To select a specific chain, just click on it in the visualization or select it from the right panel. The overlay will now show summary data for the selected chain:

In addition, a graph appears in the right panel displaying the chain's sent, received, and total transactions for the last 30 days. Current transaction values appear on the right, and those of previous days can be easily viewed by hovering your cursor over the desired point of the graph:

To view more in-depth information about the chain, selecting the "Explorer" link will open its dedicated explorer dashboard. Here you will find:

  • An array of useful links
  • Market Data, with another interactive graph
  • Onchain Metrics
  • Links to Major dApps associated with the chain:

Below these you will find data regarding:

  • Proposals
  • Validators
  • Dev Activities

You will also notice a variety of tabs at the top of the screen, providing access to more detailed information on Validators, the Ecosystem, Proposals, Blocks, Transactions, Relayers, Contracts, Assets, and Accounts:

For example, on selecting the Transactions tab you can review the Transactions summary screen:

The summary section details:

  • The chain's total number of transactions
  • The number of transactions in the last 30 days
  • The number of transactions yesterday
  • The number of transactions included in the last 20 blocks

Below this is a table of Recent Transactions. For each transaction in the table, you find information on:

  • The transaction's hash
  • The result - was it successful?
  • Its messages
  • The amount transferred
  • The fee of the transaction
  • The transaction's height
  • How long ago a transaction was conducted

When you click on a specific transaction in the list, you are forwarded to a page with the transaction details:

This gives you an overview of the transaction, which includes:

  • Status of the transaction
  • Time of the transaction
  • Chain ID
  • Transaction hash
  • Height of the transaction
  • Gas used and wanted
  • Fees for the transaction
  • Memo

Further below, you can also look into information on the Messages involved:

And you can also view expandable Event Logs:

# IOBScan

Now, turn your focus to another blockchain explorer, IOBScan (opens new window).

From the IOBScan homepage you can get a quick overview of networks, channels, IBC token transfers, and IBC tokens:

You can use the tab navigation for a closer look at:

  • Transfers
  • Tokens
  • The network
  • Channels
  • Relayers

A search functionality by transaction hash is possible too.

In the upper-right-hand corner, you can select the network. For example, you can switch between the mainnet of Iris Hub, the mainnet of the Cosmos Hub, the Stargate testnet, and the Nyancat testnet.

On the right-hand side (next to the visualization) you can find a list of all networks, sorted by either connections or chains.

If you want a visualization of the network, just click on the network icon in the upper-right-hand corner. This redirects you to the IOBSCAN Network State Visualizer (opens new window):

The connections displayed in the visualizer have either a regular or a dotted line, depending on whether a connection is opened or unopened.


To summarize, this section has explored:

  • MapOfZones, a network explorer for the interchain ecosystem, which provides a variety of dynamic visualizations of network activity over time, allowing easy comprehension of transactions occurring between specific individual chains, access to detailed traffic data and in-depth information about chains, and useful information regarding the most active zones by IBC volume in USD.
  • Mintscan, another interchain network explorer, which provides an overview of IBC network activity over time, and can focus in on specific chains to show their total transactions (measured in transactions and USD) and connections (with the number of chains and relayers), also providing graphs for transaction and volume history, and can provide highly detailed breakdowns of data at various levels of network detail.
  • IOBScan, another blockchain explorer, which provides a quick overview of networks, channels, IBC token transfers, and IBC tokens from its homepage; it allows for searching by transaction hash, and also offers the IOBSCAN Network State Visualizer for an alternative high-level presentation of connection data between chains.