Implementing and interacting with a Stacks node and related software.
In order to efficiently and reliably query the Stacks blockchain state, running a follower node allows for direct access to the same data as hosted APIs with the added benefit of decentralized control.
Stacks Node API
The Stacks Node API provides both a self-contained Docker image and manual installation instructions for running a Stacks 2.0 blockchain and API instance.
Doing so provides access to a robust API that allows for querying accounts, transactions, smart contracts, and more.