Cointrol was created to automate Bitcoin speculation. Besides automated trading based on price change triggers and various trading strategies, it also provides a real-time updated dashboard for your Bitstamp account where you can see all your orders and transactions real-time updated (something Bitstamp lacks). The dashboard for a real-time updated overview can also be used standalone without letting Cointrol make any transactions.
Even though the original idea was to perhaps provide a fully-fledged hosted service, the system remained quite basic as it has only been used by its creator for a period of time in the winter of '13/'14 (when BTC price fluctuations were pretty insane). Some of the obvious limitations—all of which could easily be addressed—are:
- Only basic trading strategies are implemented
- Single user/Bitstamp account is supported
- Only one active trading session at a time
- The whole account value is used when trading
- Django admin is used for auth and trading strategy/session manipulations
Even though Cointrol has been used for real transactions, no guarantees are provided in terms of security, correctness, etc. (see
The system consists of the following components:
- Polls various Bitstamp API endpoints
- Writes changes to DB
- Publishes changes to Redis pub/sub
- Opens orders, when suitable
- Serves Webapp static files
- Exposes DB for Webapp via a REST API
- Forwards Redis pub/sub messages from Trader to Webapp via WebSocket
- Exposes Django administration that is currently used for managing trading sessions
- REST/WebSocket API-powered Single Page App
- Real-time updated overview on orders, transactions, and trading sessions
The server-side parts (
cointrol-trader) are written in Python 3 (3.3+ is required) and use a mixture of Django (models, admin) and Tornado (WebSockets, async IO). Other libraries that are used include sockjs-tornado, Django REST framework.
The single-page webapp is written in CoffeeScript, Sass, Handlebars and uses Backbone.js, Brunch, socksjs-client, Bootstrap.
Make sure you have the following software installed on your system:
- Python 3.3+
1. Install Cointrol
mkdir Cointrol && cd Cointrol # Create an isolated Python virtual environment pip install virtualenv virtualenv ./virtualenv --python=$(which python3) # Activate the virtualenv # IMPORTANT: it needs to be activated every time before you run # a manage.py or cointrol-* command. . virtualenv/bin/activate # Get the code git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:jkbrzt/cointrol.git # Create a local settings file echo 'from .settings_dev import *' > cointrol/cointrol/conf/settings_local.py # Install Python requirements pip install -r cointrol/cointrol/conf/requirements.txt # Initialize the database cointrol/manage.py migrate # Install cointrol-* pip install -e ./cointrol
1.2 Build the single-page app web client and install its dependencies
# Install dependencies sudo npm -g install bower cd cointrol/webapp npm install bower install # Build the app brunch build # Use `brunch watch` during development
2. Create a Django user
. virtualenv/bin/activate cointrol/manage.py createsuperuser
3. Configure Bitstamp API access
3.1 Get API key and secret
Go to https://www.bitstamp.net/account/security/api. Create a new key and configure permissions for it. Cointrol needs at least the following permissions:
If you want Cointrol make transactions for you, select two following permissions as well:
Buy limit order
Sell limit order
Don't forget to activate the key by clicking "Activate" and confirming the email you receive from Bitstamp.
3.2 Configure Cointrol with the API credentials
- Activate the virtualenv and run
- Go to http://localhost:8000/admin/core/account/1/ and enter your Bitstamp username as well as the API key and secret to the form there.
. virtualenv/bin/activate cointrol-server
By default, it will run on http://localhost:8000. You can change the port with
Use this convenient link to log in: http://localhost:8000/admin/login/?next=/ — the Django admin interface is used for authentication, and this link ensures redirection back to the app after signing you in.
Connection indicator colors explained:
Green: The web app has a WebSocket connection to
cointrol-server, and have recently heard from
Amber: The web app has a WeSocket connection to
have not heard from
cointrol-trader in a while.
Red: The web app couldn't establish WebSocket connection to
. virtualenv/bin/activate cointrol-trader
Note, until trading is configured and the
COINTROL_DO_TRADE settings set to
True (covered in a later step), the trader won't make any transactions. It only pulls your data from Bitstamp to populate the dashboard view.
Until the following steps are completed and trading is explicitly enabled, Cointrol doesn't attempt to make any transaction on your behalf:
- Through the admin (http://localhost:8000/admin/) you can create a trading strategy profile. It can be for the fixed (fixed price points in USD are used as buy/sell triggers) or the relative (percentage of the initial BTC price are used) strategy.
- Create a trading session (also in the admin interface).
- To perform actual transactions, you'll have to enable them in the settings (we used the
settings_devmodule which disables them). Add
COINTROL_DO_TRADE = Trueto your
The settings is resolved in this order:
- Django defaults
During the installation process, you've created
cointrol/cointrol/conf/settings_local.py which imports settings from the
settings_dev.py file. All the settings are Django settings. The only non-Django settings is
prod). You can override any of the default settings in the
conf directory also has
settings_prod.py, which is more suitable for production use. It defines logging configuration which makes messages of a level
WARNING logged by the trader to be sent to you via email (e.g. when the trader places an order or there is an error). If you decide to use this settings file (by changing the import in
from .settings_prod import *, you'll have to configure at least
SECRET_KEY as well in your in
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