Are you a cryptocurrency enthusiast? Do you like keeping tabs on various cryptos to inform your purchasing decisions or simply to keep abreast of their values? Or maybe you want to venture into mining some cryptocurrencies? It’s no doubt that cryptocurrencies have grown in leaps and bounds since the last 5 years and although there have been some a few shake-ups in the crypto world, thousands upon thousands have taken up buying and selling goods/services using cryptos.
Coinmon is a free and opensource CLI tool that allows you to keep tabs on cryptocurrencies from the comfort of your Linux terminal. Yes, you heard it right. From your terminal! You can check the values of different cryptos in realtime as you observe their fluctuations. Coinmon fetches data from Coinmarketcap APIs and presents it a well-organized and readable format as you shall see later.
In this guide, you will learn how to install and use Coinmon to keep you posted on the latest happenings in the cryptocurrency values.
Before you get started, ensure that your system has NodeJS 6.0.0 or higher versions. If your system doesn’t meet that requirement, you may run into errors during the installation.
For this guide, we will use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for demonstration. So make sure you install node Ubuntu before proceeding.
To start off, begin by checking if NodeJS is installed using the command:
# nodejs –version
The output indicated that NodeJS is not installed yet. Thankfully, NodeJS is present in Ubuntu 18.04 repositories no need to add ubuntu ppa, and while there are many ways of installing it, we are going to take the easier route by using the apt package manager as suggested.
Therefore, to install NodeJS, simply run
# sudo apt install nodejs
Again, to confirm that NodeJS has been installed, run the command:
# nodejs –version
The output above confirms that we have install NodeJS version 8.10.0 which is great because it’s above the recommended version of 6.0.0.
# sudo apt install npm
To verify its version run
# npm –version
With all the dependencies installed, install Coinmon using the npm manager using the command:
# sudo npm install -g coinmon
With coinmon installed, launch Coinmon by running the command:
Perfect! As you can see, a well-structured table is displayed showing the top 10 Cryptocurrencies along with their price in USD and other statistics.
You can also convert the currency from USD to any other values such as Australian Dollars (AUD), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Japanese Yen (JPY) and Indian Rupees (INR) to mention just a few.
To switch to any currency, simply use the -c option as shown. For example, we are switching from USD, which is the default currency to AUD
# coinmon -c AUD
As you can see in the third column, the price is now indicated in AUD.
To display other options you can use in Coinmon use the –help option as shown:
# coinmon –help
And this brings us to the end of this tutorial. Feel free to share and like and pass it on to your friends.