Similar CLI tools
ethereum-etl is a tool for collecting raw historical data from EVM chains, including blocks, transactions, erc20 transfers, and internal traces. Along with the rest of the blockchain-etl stack, it powers the popular BigQuery blockchain datasets. The primary use case of
ethereum-etl and its associated repos is to index a significant portion of a chain’s history in preparation for large scale data analysis.
Prior to creating
ethereum-etl was the primary data collection tool used by
ctc’s authors. It was extensive use of
ethereum-etl that inspired much of
ctc’s design. Compared to
ctc aims fall closer to the porcelain end of the plumbing-vs-porcelain spectrum, with goals such as:
create more diverse datasets, such as datasets that rely on
create more targeted datasets, such as datasets focused on specific protocols like Chainlink or Uniswap
create tighter integration with the python ecosystem
go beyond data collection by creating a data analysis toolkit that serves each stage of the data analysis lifecycle
implement quality-of-life improvements for the lazy
store and manage metadata such as addresses of tokens, oracles, and pools
automate tasks such as data encoding/decoding
TrueBlocks is a tool for managing optimized local copies of EVM chain data. TrueBlocks then makes these local data copies accessible through an enhanced RPC interface. TrueBlocks excels at tracing and querying all appearances of a given address throughout a chain’s history.
There’s a decent amount of overlap between
ethereum-etl, TrueBlocks, and
ctc. Relatively speaking,
ethereum-etl is plumbing, TrueBlocks is mostly plumbing with some porcelain, and
ctc is mostly porcelain with some plumbing.
ethereal, seth, and cast
ctc has lots of overlapping functionality with each. Where they differ is their focus. These other tools are more aimed at smart contract development, whereas
ctc is more aimed at data collection and analysis. Compared to these tools,
ctc’s biggest disadvantage is that it is limited to read-only operations. On the other hand
ctc’s biggest advantage is its treatment of historical data as a first class feature.