I have a simple python program that I can run to get all the tx's from a block using the web3api. This requires me to run geth and have my node running/listening.

I understand there websites out there that offer API access but they are typically limited.

My question is if I can search through the blocks/data that have already been downloaded to my machine without having to have geth running.

  • don't think you cna open the BC data stored on your machine without running geth. so having an RPC endpoint is necessary – Kaki Master Of Time Mar 30 '18 at 14:22
  • Couldn't you use infura? – Elisha Drion Mar 30 '18 at 14:25
  • Any client you use to download data of blockchain stores the entire data in some DB, you can traverse the data in that DB to get required data. But it varies from client to client. Geth uses leveldb, parity uses rocksdb – Ayushya Mar 30 '18 at 14:47

Infura is like having a friend running a node for you https://infura.io/

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