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Bitcoin Rate


Plasmoid Script

Score 60%
Bitcoin Rate

Downloads:  722
Submitted:  Feb 11 2011
Updated:  Feb 17 2013


Gives the current exchange rate for Bitcoins on Mt. Gox.

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Download the zip file, unzip it, and type:

plasmapkg -u btcRate

if that doesn't work, try

plasmapkg -i btcRate

Then the plasmoid should be available when you select "Add new widgets" from the desktop or the panel. Let me know if it works!

About bitcoins

Bitcoins are a decentralized electronic currency designed for easy exchange of money between individuals over the internet. They can be very useful for people who want to develop simple payment solutions without depending on big players like PayPal. They can also be extremely efficient as a micropayment scheme.

More info: http://www.bitcoin.org/


Version 0.9 is a polishing and bugfixing release. It fixes the URL and a couple other problems.

Version 0.8 fetches the data in the background to avoid freezing the desktop. A new algorithm for computing the rate is also introduced, which should still be robust but respond faster to changes in the market.

Version 0.7 improves icon placement on big screens.

Version 0.6 adds a daily volume estimate, which gives a more long-term vision of what is happening.

Version 0.5 displays the time of the last update and handle network errors more gracefully.

Version 0.4 adds a tooltip that displays current volume and the last trade price

Version 0.3 improves display and refresh rate.

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 No longer working

 by lnxusr on: Mar 22 2013
Score 50%

It no longer displays the bitcoin rate. It started off randomly showing $0.00 every now and then, now it's just blank for the past two days.

Also, there is no file in the .zip newer than June 14, 2011. I even downloaded again, but still nothing newer than that. Did the 0.9 update not get uploaded or something? Why the sudden quit working? Why no comments on here since 2011 as well??

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 Needs API URL update

 by piit79 on: Apr 1 2013
Score 50%

Seeing the previous comment that the plasmoid doesn't work correctly I had a quick look into the code and tried loading the API URL manually. I got a message that the address needs to be updated.
The address on line 51 of btcRate/contents/code/main.py needs to be changed from
With this URL the widget works correctly.

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 Re: Needs API URL update

 by AndrewPotter on: Apr 24 2013
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Thanks for the URL change. Works for me as well.

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 by dil on: Nov 10 2013
Score 50%

Very nice applet, thank you!

Would it be possible to add an option for setting the source address of trading history? For example, I'd like to watch prices on https://bitcash.cz/market/index.php (history list https://bitcash.cz/market/api/BTCCZK/trades.json) rather than MtGox.

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 New working version:

 by dusoft on: Nov 18 2013
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New bitcoin plasmoid is here: http://www.ambience.sk/bitcoin-price-widget-plasmoid-for-kde-plasma/

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