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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2017

    Javascript to retrieve current exchange rate


    I'm trying to use javascript to retrieve the current exchange rate between USD and bitcoin.

    I've followed a few online examples but can't get any of them to work - probably because I'm not really familiar enough with javascript and am making some basic mistake.

    Can anyone advise how I can do this? Or what the pre-requisites are? I've just pasted in the examples I've found into a blank html page - the page displays, and I've added a button that calls the function, but when I click it the javascript doesn't appear to run (I've put an alert as the first thing in the script but it doesn't appear).

    Can anyone help?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    could you give us the address of these on line examples
    and show us the code you have tried

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    I did a search, you can find hundreds of tools and other questions asked by users on many other sites.

    Yahoo and Google provide tools for this purpose, so maybe you want to look in to scraping both or doing further research in to where you can scrape curreny data from.
    --> JavaScript Frameworks like JQuery, Angular, Node <--
    ... and please remember to wrap code with forum BBCode tags:-

    [CODE]...[/CODE] [HTML]...[/HTML] [PHP]...[/PHP]

    If you can't think outside the box, you will be trapped forever with no escape...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2017

    Thanks for your replies.

    The most recent example of what I'm doing is taken from currencylayer.com - I've set up a basic (free) account, just to get an access key so that I can try and figure this out.

    They have a script on their site as follows:

    // set endpoint and your access key
    endpoint = 'live'
    access_key = 'YOUR_ACCESS_KEY';

    // get the most recent exchange rates via the "live" endpoint:
    url: 'http://apilayer.net/api/' + endpoint + '?access_key=' + access_key,
    dataType: 'jsonp',
    success: function(json) {

    // exchange rata data is stored in json.quotes

    // source currency is stored in json.source

    // timestamp can be accessed in json.timestamp


    I've entered my access key where it shows 'YOUR ACCESS KEY', and enclosed the code shown above in <script> and </script> tags, but I get no alerts when I display the page in my browser.

    Am I on the right track at all, or am I way off?!


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