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
    Sep 5 '17 at 18:40
  • Great question. I want to watch them continue to be mine. I'm like Golom stroking his precious. Sep 6 '17 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
    Sep 6 '17 at 16:31
  • Maybe the question makes no sense. Don't delete your answer. Sep 6 '17 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. Sep 6 '17 at 22:49

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.

  • For the more hardcore approach, you can download the ENS manager source and run it locally: github.com/jefflau/ens-manager
    – carver
    Sep 11 '17 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. Sep 12 '17 at 4:38

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