@attestate/crawler is a Node.js framework for scalably querying
Ethereum’s JSON-RPC endpoints and to slice out portions of the Ethereum
network’s data for local usage.
To modularize the crawler’s data sources, developers can implement custom strategies or re-use existing ones to compose crawl paths. Conceptually, the crawler implements the Extract, Transform and Load separation, to minimize downtime, dependencies on external interfaces and to increase reproducability.
The entire project is licensed licensed under the GPL3, to make it truly owned by the community instead of a single entity. Branded as the “Neume Network”, the Attestate Crawler codebase has successfully been used to download the metadata of the music NFT ecosystem.
Developers can integrate with Attestate’s crawler in two ways for now:
From the command line of a UNIX-compatible system
Why use @attestate/crawler?
Copying a smart contract’s state locally is difficult and requires a lot of engineering.
Ethereum full node cloud providers like Alchemy are rate-limiting requests which can lead to failures. Synchronizing a process’s state with Ethereum’s continuous block production is challenging.
Turn-key solutions like The Graph Protocol exist but their goal is to replicate contract storage and so external data sources cannot be integrated. Additionally, it is often not enough to query contract state.
For example, to build a music NFT player, a developer isn’t interested in knowing all NFTs. Rather, they want to have a list of all unique songs (a derivative of all NFTs) registered on Ethereum.
This is where Attestate’s crawler comes in: It enables developers to build derivative views from many data sources. It reduces the complexity of dealing with data sources, which makes extracting data super fast and implements resumability into the crawling process.
Resumable crawls using Extract, Transform and Load separation
Rate-limiting support for Infura & Alchemy
Efficient: Minimized network calls through separation of concerns
Fast: Up to 1TB/h on a server that hosts Erigon
No token launch, no miners, no fees: Just a community FOSS GPL3 project
Database-agnostic: LevelDB, sqlite, PostgreSQL, etc.
Battle-tested: Used in production
Extensively tested: hundreds of unit tests
Ethereum JSON-RPC support
We’re currently actively working on these documents. They’re still far from acurate or trustworthy.