Lazy API

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For the incredibly lazy and/or incompetent web developer, I present the lazy man's bitcoin API (copied from a forum post):


Lazy web designer (me) wants to use bitcoins without dealing with installing bitcoin on a server, installing a shopping card interface, or using ugly merchant services with callbacks.

Solution for sending bitcoins:

Use the MtGox API

Solution for receiving bitcoins:

  1. Input a list of bitcoin receiving addresses to your database
  2. Give a bitcoin address to a potential customer
  3. Have the customer tell you when they have sent the coins and have at least 1 confirmation
  4. Check blockexplorer to see if they sent the right amount (i.e.
  5. Wait for more blocks (confirmations) if paranoid
  6. Give them what they paid for
  7. After a reasonable amount of time has passed, you can re-use the address for another customer

You could avoid having a list of addresses and reusing them if one of the wallet services someday lets you get a new address via API call, but this will work for now.

Bad idea:

Selling bars of gold this way (owner of could rip you off)

Good(?) idea:

Selling naked pictures of your grandma this way (owner of won't bother)