When I buy an ERC20 token, I can 'watch' it with my Mist or Parity wallet. And, I don't have to go to any websites.

Is there a similar thing to do with an ENS name? I won four auctions a couple of months ago, but I can't figure out how to 'watch' them without going to a website.

When I go to the website (https://registrar.ens.domains/) with a parity-enabled browser, I do see my names, but I'm trying to live a fully decentralized life, which to me means no browsers and no https://. Does that even make sense?

  • Since you own the names, what do you want to "watch" them do?
    – carver
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 18:40
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    Great question. I want to watch them continue to be mine. I'm like Golom stroking his precious. Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 10:13
  • Hah, ok. Well even creating a "Custom Contract" for ENS inside Mist is still using a Dapp loaded over https. So I read this as: "how can I load registrar.ens.domains or manager.ens.domains over swarm?" I'm not sure, so I'll delete my answer and let someone with more Swarm knowledge answer.
    – carver
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 16:31
  • Maybe the question makes no sense. Don't delete your answer. Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 22:47
  • Also, are you sure you're right? I'm pretty sure watching a contract is being served from a locally running node. Over http, but not over the internet. Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 22:49

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So to follow the line of thought from the comments: let's load a Dapp while online, and interact with it offline.


In Mist, load https://manager.ens.domains/


  1. Authorize one of your accounts to interact with the page.
  2. Search for a name you own
  3. Look in the 'owner' field to see that your account still owns the name
  4. Congratulations, you still have your precious! :P

Other than loading the dapp, everything else can be done offline.

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    For the more hardcore approach, you can download the ENS manager source and run it locally: github.com/jefflau/ens-manager
    – carver
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 16:35
  • I've been looking at this. I did download it, but I can't get it running yet, but this is along the lines of what I was thinking. I'm really trying to convince myself that there is a world with no browser, no web, just local blockchain node and local apps--the only data comes through a decentralized pathway. Maybe not possible. Thanks. Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 4:38

I'm not sure of the mechanics on your specific wallets but yeah the ens is an NFT so you can watch it.

There will be more advanced ways but even just setting an alert on the holding wallet for any transactions would be a start.

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