eth_subscribe - Ethereum
Ethereum API - Subscribe to different event types like newHeads, logs, pendingTransactions, and syncing using websockets.
A note on limits over WebSocket connections
  • There is a limit of 20,000 WebSocket connections per API Key as well as 1,000 parallel WebSocket subscriptions per WebSocket connection, creating a maximum of 20 million subscriptions per application.
  • The maximum size of a JSON-RPC batch request that can be sent over a WebSocket connection is 20
  • Free tier users will be limited to 10 concurrent requests per WebSocket connection.

Parameters

  1. 1.
    โ€‹Subscription typeโ€‹
  2. 2.
    Optional params
The first argument specifies the type of event for which to listen. The second argument contains additional options which depend on the first argument. The different description types, their options, and their event payloads are described below.

Returns

The subscription ID. This ID will be attached to any received events, and can also be used to cancel the subsciption using eth_unsubscribe.

Subscription Events

While the subscription is active, you will receive events which are objects with the following fields:
  • jsonrpc: Always "2.0"
  • method: Always "eth_subscription"
  • params: An object with the following fields:
    • subscription: The subscription ID returned by the eth_subscription call which created this subscription.
    • result: An object whose contents vary depending on the type of subscription.

Subscription types

1. alchemy_newFullPendingTransactions

Returns the transaction information for all transactions that are added to the pending state. This subscription type subscribes to pending transactions, similar to the standard Web3 call web3.eth.subscribe("pendingTransactions"), but differs in that it emits full transaction information rather than just transaction hashes.
The alchemy_newFullPendingTransactionssubscription type is a super costly to maintain and requires a large number of compute units since it emits full transaction information instead of just transaction hashes. We do not recommend keeping this subscription open for long periods of time for non-enterprise tier users.
NOTE:
  • The naming of this subscription is different from the naming of the web3 subscription API, alchemy_fullPendingTransactions.
  • This method is only supported on Ethereum and Polygon networks (Mainnet and Mumbai).

Parameters

  • None

Example

Request

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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 2, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["alchemy_newFullPendingTransactions"]}
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Result

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{"id":1,"result":"0x9a52eeddc2b289f985c0e23a7d8427c8","jsonrpc":"2.0"}
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"method":"eth_subscription",
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"params":{
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"result":{
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"blockHash":null,
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"blockNumber":null,
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"from":"0xa36452fc31f6f482ad823cd1cf5515177d57667f",
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"gas":"0x1adb0",
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"gasPrice":"0x7735c4d40",
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"hash":"0x50bff0736c713458c92dd1848d12f3354149be1363123dae35e94e0f2a9d56bf",
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"input":"0xa9059cbb0000000000000000000000000d0707963952f2fba59dd06f2b425ace40b492fe0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000015b1111266cfca100000",
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"nonce":"0x0",
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"to":"0xea38eaa3c86c8f9b751533ba2e562deb9acded40",
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"transactionIndex":null,
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"value":"0x0",
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"v":"0x26",
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"r":"0x195c2c1ed126088e12d290aa93541677d3e3b1d10f137e11f86b1b9227f01e3b",
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"s":"0x60fc4edbf1527832a2a36dbc1e63ed6193a6eee654472fbebbf88ef1750b5344"},
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"subscription":"0x9a52eeddc2b289f985c0e23a7d8427c8"
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}
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}
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2. alchemy_filteredNewFullPendingTransactions

Returns the transaction information for all transactions that are added to the pending state that match a given filter. Currently supports an address filter, which will return transactions from or to the address.
NOTE: This method is only supported on Ethereum and Polygon networks (Mainnet and Mumbai).

Parameters

  • address: address to receive pending transactions for (sent from this address).

Example

Request

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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 1, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["alchemy_filteredNewFullPendingTransactions", {"address": "0x6B3595068778DD592e39A122f4f5a5cF09C90fE2"}]}
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Result

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{"id":1,"result":"0x9a52eeddc2b289f985c0e23a7d8427c8","jsonrpc":"2.0"}
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"method":"eth_subscription",
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"params":{
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"result":{
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"blockHash":null,
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"blockNumber":null,
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"from":"0xa36452fc31f6f482ad823cd1cf5515177d57667f",
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"gas":"0x1adb0",
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"gasPrice":"0x7735c4d40",
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"hash":"0x50bff0736c713458c92dd1848d12f3354149be1363123dae35e94e0f2a9d56bf",
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"input":"0xa9059cbb0000000000000000000000000d0707963952f2fba59dd06f2b425ace40b492fe0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000015b1111266cfca100000",
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"nonce":"0x0",
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"to":"0x6B3595068778DD592e39A122f4f5a5cF09C90fE2",
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"transactionIndex":null,
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"value":"0x0",
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"v":"0x26",
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"r":"0x195c2c1ed126088e12d290aa93541677d3e3b1d10f137e11f86b1b9227f01e3b",
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"s":"0x60fc4edbf1527832a2a36dbc1e63ed6193a6eee654472fbebbf88ef1750b5344"},
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"subscription":"0x9a52eeddc2b289f985c0e23a7d8427c8"
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}
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}
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3. newPendingTransactions

Returns the hash for all transactions that are added to the pending state.
When a transaction that was previously part of the canonical chain isnโ€™t part of the new canonical chain after a reorganization its again emitted.
NOTE: This method is only supported on Ethereum and Polygon networks (Mainnet and Mumbai).

Parameters

  • None

Example

Request
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wscat -c wss://eth-mainnet.alchemyapi.io/v2/<key>
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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 2, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["newPendingTransactions"]}
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Result
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"id":2,
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"result":"0xc3b33aa549fb9a60e95d21862596617c"
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}
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"method":"eth_subscription",
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"params":{
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"subscription":"0xc3b33aa549fb9a60e95d21862596617c",
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"result":"0xd6fdc5cc41a9959e922f30cb772a9aef46f4daea279307bc5f7024edc4ccd7fa"
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}
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}
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4. newHeads

Emits an event any time a new header is added to the chain, including during a chain reorganization.
NOTE: Chain Reorganizations (ReOrgs)
When a chain reorganization occurs, this subscription will emit an event containing all new headers for the new chain. This means that you may see multiple headers emitted with the same height, and when this happens the later header should be taken as the correct one after a reorganization.

Parameters

  • None

Example

Request
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wscat -c wss://eth-mainnet.alchemyapi.io/v2/<key>
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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 1, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["newHeads"]}
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Result
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"id":1,
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"result":"0x9ce59a13059e417087c02d3236a0b1cc"
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}
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{
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"jsonrpc": "2.0",
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"method": "eth_subscription",
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"params": {
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"result": {
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"difficulty": "0x15d9223a23aa",
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"extraData": "0xd983010305844765746887676f312e342e328777696e646f7773",
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"gasLimit": "0x47e7c4",
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"gasUsed": "0x38658",
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"logsBloom": "0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
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"miner": "0xf8b483dba2c3b7176a3da549ad41a48bb3121069",
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"nonce": "0x084149998194cc5f",
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"number": "0x1348c9",
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"parentHash": "0x7736fab79e05dc611604d22470dadad26f56fe494421b5b333de816ce1f25701",
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"receiptRoot": "0x2fab35823ad00c7bb388595cb46652fe7886e00660a01e867824d3dceb1c8d36",
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"sha3Uncles": "0x1dcc4de8dec75d7aab85b567b6ccd41ad312451b948a7413f0a142fd40d49347",
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"stateRoot": "0xb3346685172db67de536d8765c43c31009d0eb3bd9c501c9be3229203f15f378",
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"timestamp": "0x56ffeff8",
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"transactionsRoot": "0x0167ffa60e3ebc0b080cdb95f7c0087dd6c0e61413140e39d94d3468d7c9689f"
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},
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"subscription": "0x9ce59a13059e417087c02d3236a0b1cc"
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}
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}
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5. logs

Emits logs which are part of newly added blocks that match specified filter criteria.
NOTE: Chain Reorganizations (ReOrgs)
When a chain reorganization occurs, logs that are part of blocks on the old chain will be emitted again with the property removed set to true.
Logs which are part of the blocks on the new chain are also emitted, it is possible to see logs for the same transaction multiple times in the case of a reorganization.

Parameters

  1. 1.
    An object with the following fields:
    • adddress (optional): either a string representing an address or an array of such strings.
      • Only logs created from one of these addresses will be emitted.
    • topics: an array of topic specifiers.
      • Each topic specifier is either null, a string representing a topic, or an array of strings.
      • Each position in the array which is not null restricts the emitted logs to only those who have one of the given topics in that position.
Some examples of topic specifications:
  • []: Any topics allowed.
  • [A]: A in first position (and anything after).
  • [null, B]: Anything in first position and B in second position (and anything after).
  • [A, B]: A in first position and B in second position (and anything after).
  • [[A, B], [A, B]]: (A or B) in first position and (A or B) in second position (and anything after).

Example

Request

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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 1, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["logs", {"address": "0x8320fe7702b96808f7bbc0d4a888ed1468216cfd", "topics": ["0xd78a0cb8bb633d06981248b816e7bd33c2a35a6089241d099fa519e361cab902"]}]}
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Result

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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"id":1,
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"result":"0x4a8a4c0517381924f9838102c5a4dcb7"
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}
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"method":"eth_subscription",
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"params": {
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"subscription":"0x4a8a4c0517381924f9838102c5a4dcb7",
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"result":{
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"address":"0x8320fe7702b96808f7bbc0d4a888ed1468216cfd",
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"blockHash":"0x61cdb2a09ab99abf791d474f20c2ea89bf8de2923a2d42bb49944c8c993cbf04",
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"blockNumber":"0x29e87",
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"data":"0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000010000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003",
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"logIndex":"0x0",
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"topics":["0xd78a0cb8bb633d06981248b816e7bd33c2a35a6089241d099fa519e361cab902"],
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"transactionHash":"0xe044554a0a55067caafd07f8020ab9f2af60bdfe337e395ecd84b4877a3d1ab4",
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"transactionIndex":"0x0"
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}
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}
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}
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6. syncing

Indicates when the node starts or stops synchronizing. The result can either be a boolean indicating that the synchronization has started (true), finished (false) or an object with various progress indicators.

Parameters

  • None

Example

Request
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wscat -c wss://eth-mainnet.alchemyapi.io/v2/<key>
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{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id": 1, "method": "eth_subscribe", "params": ["syncing"]}
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Result
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{
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"jsonrpc":"2.0",
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"id":1,
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"result":"0xe2ffeb2703bcf602d42922385829ce96"
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}
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{
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"subscription":"0xe2ffeb2703bcf602d42922385829ce96",
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"result":{
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"syncing":true,
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"status":{
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"startingBlock":674427,
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"currentBlock":67400,
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"highestBlock":674432,
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"pulledStates":0,
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"knownStates":0}
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}
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}
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