IOHK dev explorer for testnet does not provide useful insights that developers need. Many developers are asking for a testnet Cardanoscan.
Cardanoscan has lots of developer-friendly insights into the Cardano blockchain. We will make the platform available for the testnet network
This is the total amount allocated to Testnet Cardanoscan Explorer
## Why Cardanoscan for the testnet?
We have been approached by many developers asking for a testnet version of the Cardanoscan explorer. Cardanoscan has features to query tokens, policies, stake keys, stake key mapped addresses, pool updates, insights into all types of certificates, including the voting rewards. The list is big with so many tiny and unique features.
While developing on Cardano, developers always need to test their implementations on an iterative basis, Cardanoscan can show their transactions with every detail mentioned above, which will help them speed up the development process. Currently, developers are required to use CLI and other manually managed tools to verify and look into transactions. These tools are cumbersome to use and add additional time to their development cycle and delay their deliverables.
Also, we are open sourcing our in-house developed networking library for the developer community via our fund-4 proposal (https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Ouroboros-Networking-Lib-in-JS/342248-48088)
## Who are we?
I'm the creator of Cardanoscan - Cardano Explorer. You can find me on Twitter @ashisherc
## Why are we asking for funding to run a testnet explorer
Running and maintaining an explorer requires time and infrastructure cost. Maintaining yet another version of the explorer requires a new isolated server setup and maintenance. The testnet environment is meant for testing new stuff and things are expected to break, which adds additional maintenance time for the team.
# Success of this proposal
While running an explorer is always an ongoing activity, we would like to ask for funds to support this initiative for the next 6 months. We will try to monetize the testnet explorer in a better way that the testnet explorer can self-sustain on its own in the future. We can also plan to put a new proposal after 6 months for the renewal of this project.
# Launch Date & Timeline
The deployment should be completed in about 2 weeks after the date of the funds approved for this proposal.
The cost of running the explorer for the testnet is detailed as below,
The monthly cost breakdown,
We are running the mainnet version of Cardanoscan explorer - the leading Cardano explorer