There are many solutions for OS X Yosemite (open source, free or paid apps) to stay up to date with the latest BTC/USD exchange rate (the list to the Github repos can be found below). I wanted a simple solution that I can hack in a few minutes on a lazy Sunday night. The solution is a simple Today widget. To get the result in the shot below, continue reading.
All you need is Today-Scripts (a simple OS X app that allows you to run shell scripts in your Today bar) and a small Python script and you’re set. Follow these instructions get the desired result:
- Download the latest build of Today-Scripts (latest build) or if you prefer, compile your own version from source code (Github Repo)
- Create a new python script (anywhere) from the following gist (get_data.py). The scripts calls the Coinbase REST api to get the latest price.
- Using Today-Scripts select the ksh shell and specify the python interpreter to use followed by the script’s absolute path (if you find a more elegant solution for this, drop a line in the comments section below)
The Setup as a GIF
Oh, and btw, the gif above was created by adopting this method: https://gist.github.com/dergachev/4627207
I don’t vouch for any of these options as I haven’t personally tested them