Realtime Cryptocurrency Rates API with coinlayer

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Last year when cryptocurrencies were gaining massively in value each month, I badly wanted to create a personal web project which would let me quickly buy and sell crypto outside of brokers like Coinbase; the problem I ran into was not having a reliable API for doing so.  I recently discovered coinlayer, an API which provides rates for hundreds of cryptocurrencies using values from dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges.

Quick Hits

  • coinlayer is free to use!
  • coinlayer provides rates for almost 300 cryptocurrencies
  • coinlayer provides rates from 25+ exchanges
  • coinlayer's API is well-designed and very easy to use
  • coinlayer supports JSONP

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Using coinlayer

After getting your free API key, it's time to get started with querying the API for cryptocurrency rates.  Let's use cURL to grab the most basic rate result:

curl https://api.coinlayer.com/live?access_key=YOUR_KEY

You'll get a simple listing of cryptocurrency values for USD, which is the default base currency:

{
  "success": true,
  "terms": "https://coinlayer.com/terms",
  "privacy": "https://coinlayer.com/privacy",
  "timestamp": 1529571067,
  "target": "USD",
  "rates": {
    // ...
    "ADL": 121.5,
    "ADX": 0.427854,
    "ADZ": 0.02908,
    "AE": 2.551479,
    "AGI": 0.12555,
    "AIB": 0.005626,
    "AIDOC": 0.02605,
    // ...
  }
}

You can request crypto rates by date with from and to parameters, even providing an amount of a given cryptocurrency to multiply:

curl https://api.coinlayer.com/convert?from=BTC&to=ETH&amount=1&access_key=YOUR_KEY

You can also request data from a given time frame in the case you want to build a chart or track your profit:

# It's been a good month :)
curl https://api.coinlayer.com/timeframe?start_date=2018-07-01&end_date=2018-07-24&symbols=BTC,ETH&access_key=YOUR_KEY

/*
{
  "success": true,
  "terms": "https://coinlayer.com/terms",
  "privacy": "https://coinlayer.com/privacy",
  "timeframe": true,
  "start_date": "2018-07-01",
  "end_date": "2018-07-24",
  "target": "USD",
  "rates": {
    "2018-07-01": {
      "BTC": 6903.113849,
      "ETH": 383.02749
    },
    "2018-07-02": {
      "BTC": 7111.72678,
      "ETH": 387.273437
    },
    "2018-07-03": {
      "BTC": 7490.777653,
      "ETH": 421.655884
    },
    [...]
  }
}
*/

You can get extended rate information, like volume, high, and low using this API endpoint:

curl https://api.coinlayer.com/change?start_date=2018-07-01&end_date=2018-07-24&symbols=BTC,ETH&access_key=YOUR_KEY

/*
{
  "success": true,
  "terms": "https://coinlayer.com/terms",
  "privacy": "https://coinlayer.com/privacy",
  "change": true,
  "start_date": "2018-07-01",
  "end_date": "2018-07-24",
  "target": "USD",
  "rates": {
    "BTC": {
      "start_rate": 6903.113849,
      "end_rate": 9245.982724,
      "change": 2342.86887,
      "change_pct": 1.33939305
    },
    "ETH": {
      "start_rate": 383.02749,
      "end_rate": 670.440229,
      "change": 287.412739,
      "change_pct": 1.75037105
    }
  }
} 
*/

coinlayer goes the extra mile to provide support for JSONP:

// set endpoint and your API access key
const endpoint = 'live'
const access_key = 'YOUR_KEY';

// get the most recent exchange rates via the "live" endpoint:
$.ajax({
    url: 'https://api.coinlayer.com/api/' + endpoint + '?access_key=' + access_key,   
    dataType: 'jsonp',
    success: function(json) {
        // exchange rata data is stored in json.rates
        console.log(json.rates.BTC);
    }
});
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I love having a service that provides cryptocurrency rates I can trust to be secure, reliable, and flexible.  APIs can be a nightmare but coinlayer's is so easy to use that you'll probably never need another crypto API again.  If only every API was so excellent!

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