There are a lot of ways to interact with both NEAR protocol and the NEAR token. While the number of tools that can interface with NEAR for different use-cases is always growing, we're going to look at a short list of essential tools to help you start using NEAR.
The NEAR Wallet serves as an entry-point to using NEAR. It is a non-custodial, web-based wallet for the NEAR blockchain. It allows you to send and receive NEAR, stake NEAR, and create NEARdrops to easily onboard new people on NEAR. Check out our guide to creating a NEAR wallet
NEAR Explorer is an online blockchain browser which displays information about nodes, blocks, addresses, and transactions on NEAR. The NEAR Explorer gives you information about how many nodes are online, how many nodes are validating blocks, how much NEAR each node is staking, how many delegators they have, and what their fee is. It also gives you a historical look at statistics about the NEAR protocol.
You can find detailed information about the latest block, and the latest transaction. Alternatively, you can search for a specific block hash, or transaction hash to find out more about them. Additionally, you can search for a specific account address to find out more about it.
Command Line Interface (CLI)
The NEAR CLI is a Node.js command line interface that allows you to interface with the NEAR blockchain from the command line. You can use it for more granular control over common NEAR functions including:
- Creating an account
- Starting transactions
- Deploying smart contracts
- Querying transactions
- Finding information about validators
For more information about the CLI, check out our developer documentation