This might be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway...

I'm currently connected to Ropsten and when I execute eth.blockNumber it says 1853682 (I'm like 300000 blocks away from current last mined block).

Is there any way to access the information in a block that's still not downloaded to my copy of the blockchain? I think it's plain impossible, but maybe there's a way...

Edit: I want to access the last node programatically from my node, not just query the contents of that last block on an external website (maybe etherscan has an API to make such queries?...)

Thanks so much in advance! :)


If you want to to just view about all the contents of the last mined block it is very much possible by using etherscan, the link for which is given below: https://ropsten.etherscan.io/

Thank you

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  • At current time the last mined block in ropsten is ropsten.etherscan.io/block/2179635 – Kishore Dec 1 '17 at 11:10
  • Hi Kishore! thanks for your quick reply... I'll have to edit the question, I meant to access the last block programmatically from my node. Nevertheless, I use ropsten.etherscan.io everyday (that's the reason I know what block is the current last) :) – JaVinci Dec 1 '17 at 11:12
  • Ok, Then that said , the mined block details can only be accessed programically – Kishore Dec 1 '17 at 11:18

You can query an external node endpoint, like one from QuikNode.io, while your node syncs.

disclosure: work for QuikNode

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