If you’ve minted a DAO governance token using the Aragon App or are a member of a token-based DAO, being savvy with a block explorer can help you get basic information such as your contract address, and perform more detailed actions like claim your token to add a logo and other information.
Check out these tips for using Etherscan with your token-based DAO!
Let’s dive in!
A block explorer is an online tool where you can search for information on the blockchain like wallet addresses, token information, and more.
In this guide we’ll cover how to use Etherscan, which is the block explorer for Ethereum mainnet.
Here are the block explorers for the other chains Aragon supports:
Every token has a contract address, which is the address that points to the token’s information.
You might need your token’s contract address to perform actions like add your token to your wallet or create an airdrop. Here’s how to use Etherscan to find your token’s address.
Every wallet is slightly different. If your wallet has an option to open a block explorer, click that.
For example, on MetaMask you can click the three dots in the top right corner and then click “View on explorer.”
If you’ve already added the token to your wallet, you can just click “View asset in explorer” and skip right to step 3!
You can go directly to Etherscan and paste in your wallet address in the search bar.
You can see all the token transfers, each labeled by “In” for an incoming transfer and “Out” for an outgoing one. They’re also labeled by “Method,” which is the function executed.
When looking for a token you minted on the Aragon App, the “Method” will say “Create DAO.”
When you open up the token’s page, you’ll find the contract address in the top right corner under “Other Info.” You can copy/paste this address and use it for whatever you need!
If you just minted a token, you might want to add it to your wallet so you can keep track of your balance. This does not put the token in your wallet, it just shows the balance that is already in that wallet. Here’s how:
Paste the address into a note or document so you can use it later.
Every wallet is slightly different. On Metamask, scroll down to see “Import tokens” as an option on the bottom.
Paste in the token contract address you saved above.
Then click “Add custom token” and the token will be added!
On Etherscan, you can claim a token to add more information like the token’s logo, social links, and more information that token holders might need to access. Here’s how to submit that application.
Note: this process is not replicable on Polyscan or Basescan.
Click “Sign in” from the top right corner and either sign into your existing account or follow the process of creating a new account.
This will open up the contract page.
Under “info,” you’ll see “Click here to update the token information.” Select update to launch the next module.
After pasting in the token address, you’ll get a message that you need to use a tool to verify address ownership. Open the tool and you will be prompted to sign a transaction with your wallet or do so manually.
More detailed information about verifying address ownership can be found in this guide.
Now that the verification is complete, you can request to update certain information about your token, like the official project name and website, social media profiles, and more.
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