NOWNodes Review: Simple Access to Blockchains

This article is a review of NOWNodes – a relatively new service that aims to help the dev community focus on nothing but building. What the service does is provide access to the most popular blockchain nodes for anyone from simple enthusiasts wanting to try out their dev powers, to owners of already running projects.

NOWNodes Website

Available Nodes

At the moment, there are 17 full nodes available for connection. These nodes are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Digibyte, Dogecoin, Verge, Groestlcoin, Zcoin, Bitcoin SV, Dash, ReddCoin, Bitcoin Gold, Horizen, Komodo, Decred, Litecoin, Zcash, and Callisto.

All of them have an open API, and their list is constantly growing. Soon there will be 49 nodes available on the service.

The nodes’ availability and relevance are constantly being monitored, they are guaranteed to be under 24/7 surveillance. Using an RPC connection, the offered access to nodes is fast, the connection speed is at 1 GB/sec. The speed of API responses allows for scalability for any large task.

All of the work methods available are described on their documentation page.

BlockBook API

For more advanced users, the BlockBook API technology is available for certain nodes. It allows for features such as:

  • An index of addresses and address balances of the connected blockchain
  • Fast searches in the indexes
  • Simple blockchain explorer
  • WebSocket
NOWNodes API

Along with regular cryptocurrency nodes, there are also ERC-20 and BEP-2 nodes available, which gives access to a large number of tokens. 

The full list of nodes with their statistics is constantly available on the website, along with all of the appropriate documentation: 

Bitcoin, Ethereum & Digibyte Nodes
Bitcoin, Ethereum & Digibyte Nodes

There is a possibility to connect to as many different nodes as one wants, all in one place, to get a full experience. 

Why NOWNodes?

The main attraction of NOWNodes is that the service takes full care of the node for the customer. This is a turn-key solution that allows anyone to connect to the full node of your choice and focus on whatever project they have in mind. It is great for those people who don’t have time, money or energy to run and maintain their own node. 

NOWNodes does the full scope of infrastructural work for the clients  – from taking care of management and updates to SLA maintenance. 

How to use NOWNodes

To begin using the service, all a client needs to do is pick the node’s address and make a request. After doing that, the client will be connected in just about a minute.

Here is an example of a simple request: 

curl –request POST “https://btc.nownodes.io/” –data ‘{ “jsonrpc”:”2.0″, “method”:”getmininginfo”, “params”:[], “id”:”test” }’ –header “Content-Type: application/json”

This request can be copied into the terminal and performed.

This solution suits most possible scenarios. There are benefits for both new and already existing projects. 

Some might worry about integrating a new service into a project that is already running. But, in fact, it is very is simple –  the only change that needs to happen is that node requests will be re-directed to a different address. An example of an already existing project that could largely benefit from using NOWNodes is a cryptocurrency wallet. Using the service, wallets can gain access to all of the available coins without having to spend resources on running all of the corresponding nodes.

To check the full scope of features available on the service and try it out for your own project, you can head on over to their website. I hope you found this review helpful! What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below.

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