Well, I never!
There’s life in the crusty old QT wallet yet
The first of the issues recently identified as suitable for community members to work on has been resolved! And it didn’t even need a single line of code to be changed or written.
Gitlab issue #159 “Add right-click option to show tx in an explorer” has fallen to me, walkjivefly.
It turns out this functionality has been available in the crusty old QT wallet, which so many people love to bash, since about forever. Actually it was implemented by Bitcoin contributor Cozz Lovan six years ago. It just isn’t well publicised and it does require about 30 seconds of effort on the part of the end user to configure it.
It is possible to configure any number of explorers and have them all appear in the context menu when you right click on a transaction entry in the transaction history screen. The screenshot above shows three possibilities; the Crown PoS explorer, the Crown Insight explorer and the Chainz cryptoID explorer.
Cut to the chase, how do I set it up?
- Start the QT wallet
- Go to Settings/Options/Display
- In 3rd party transaction URLs configure the explorer URL you want to use. If you want a choice of explorers you can configure multiple URLs, separated by a vertical bar “|”. Use ‘%s’ at the point in the URL where the txid should be substituted. eg:
Note: The change doesn’t take effect until you restart, so close and re-open the wallet.
That’s it! Enjoy the “new” functionality.
When I wrote the Calling community coders article there was no plan for any bounties for any of these issues. However, discussions and planning are underway so that we can offer bounties for at least some of these tasks after all. Details will be released when we’ve worked them out, probably in a few weeks from now.
Meanwhile, anyone interested in working on any of the remaining issues is invited to let us know in Discord, or just surprise us with a merge request.