Live transaction visualization for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Nano
Payments made through modern crypto currencies are broadcast to the internet where everyone can track them. This website takes advantage of that and show a "meteor" descending from the top of the page for every transaction that is sent through the network. These transactions are considered "unconfirmed" until a new block (on the blockchain) is "mined", confirming these transactions. Nano is an exception here, because every wallet has its own blockchain, which means transactions are usually confirmed instantly by the network.
Whenever a transaction is sent, a meteor will be created in the lane of the corresponding currency. Depending on the Dollar volume of the transaction, the meteor will have a certain color and size. For currencies that require a fee to send a transaction, the meteor will also have a "trail" with a length relative to the size of the fees that were paid for this transaction. The same applies to the speed of the meteor - higher transaction fees will make it go faster and also increase the chance to be confirmed in a shorter amount of time.
Every now and then, you will see a blue bar descend in the lanes of BTC, ETH or LTC. This bar represents a block that has just been mined. It will have a height depending on the number of confirmed transactions within that block. Nano doesn't have a centralised blockchain and thus lacks network-wide blocks.
Each meteor can also be clicked on to see the transaction that it is based on.
Meteor sizes / colors and transaction volumes
The meteor size and color is based on the amount of money being transfered. (except for donations) Ethereum contract transactions usually don't transfer any money (so the transaction volume is $0). Transactions above $1 million will still grow in size but won't change colors beyond red.
|Blue||5px-20px||$0 - $100|
|Turquoise||20px-30px||$100 - $1000|
|Green||30px-40px||$1000 - $10,000|
|Yellow||40px-50px||$10,000 - $100,000|
|Orange||50px-60px||$100,000 - $1,000,000|
Meteor trail lengths are not capped, but scale logarithmically like meteor sizes.
|Trail Length||Transaction Fee|
|10px||$0.01 - $0.3|
To set the website up as a screensaver, you'll usually need a third-party tool.
Once you have the screensaver tool installed, simply use
http://cryptolights.info/#nohelp as the URL.
This will prevent the help overlay (and navigation icons) from showing on the screensaver.
The following links should provide you with a way to set up a screensaver for this website:
- Windows 7 - 10: https://github.com/cwc/web-page-screensaver
- MacOS: https://github.com/liquidx/webviewscreensaver
- Ubuntu: https://github.com/lmartinking/webscreensaver
This website was built with Coffeescript, CSS and HTML. You'll need a Coffeescript compiler
to generate the JS files. Maybe I'll add some Gulp tasks in the future to simplify compiling and deployment.
If you want to see your favorite crypto currency added to the list, you'll need a public websocket where each transaction (and block, if there
are any) is broadcast. Then simply copy one of the implementations in
/currencies, change the API and callbacks and
adjust the HTML and CSS accordingly. If everything works fine, you're probably also going to need the logo of your coin as a background
image for the new meteor lane. Apart from that, feel free to modify the code however you like and open pull requests or issues for
features you'd like to see implemented!
This visualisation is implementing on the following APIs:
- Bitcoin: https://blockchain.info
- Ethereum: http://www.etherlisten.com/
- Litecoin: https://insight.litecore.io/
- Nano: https://www.nanode.co/
- Prices: https://www.cryptocompare.com/api/ and https://coinmarketcap.com/
Furthermore, it uses Google Webfonts and Material Icons.