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 cart 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 (you can choose a number higher than 1 if you are worried about double-spending)
  4. Check blockexplorer to see if they sent the right amount (i.e. - the /1 is the number of confirmations you require
  5. Give them what they paid for
  6. 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)

Shameless begging:

If this info is useful to you, please consider a donation: 19hMEAaRMbEhfSkeU4GT8mgSuyR4t4M6TH

Thanks to theymos for making changes to to make it even easier to do this. You can support by donating to 1Cvvr8AsCfbbVQ2xoWiFD1Gb2VRbGsEf28