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We would like to expand our payment options and start offering Bitcoin payments for our products.

Given the price of Bitcoin is very volatile (it goes UP and DOWN a lot) - how would we determine how much the customer needs to send and how to set that up technically on Magento?

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There are a couple of things you would need to consider/scope out.

  1. What API are you going to rely on for prices? (What backup api are you going to use if the first is not available)
  2. How often are you going to update the BTC to Currency?
    • Real time on page load? (possible performance issues)
    • Cron running every few minutes? (possibly losing out on BTC/money with old data)

Once you've figured that out it's a case of building a payment method module, there are a lot of good resources out there, below are a couple of good ones:

Personally i wouldn't go with the real time/page load as you are depending on the API's loading quickly for your pages to load quickly. I would use a cron and save the current BTC price in the database maybe every 10-15 minutes. Then you can retrieve that value of 1 BTC from the database and do the math against the quote total.

Wherever your bitcoin wallet is would need to have an API too that you could hook into to confirm the payment has been sent (unless this is going to be done manually) You would probably need to ask the use for confirmation on the address they are using to send.

With all that being said, there is a Magento extension (I've not tested or tried it) that is an add-on to the Stripe payment gateway that allows you to accept bitcoin as a payment: Cryozonic But you would need to check the code to make sure it's not doing some malicious or stealing the bitcoins.

The Bitpay option that @BBQ mentioned looks like a good option too.

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Well, a lot of websites offer Bitcoin currency status API's. So that'll be the first go-to. You should consider requesting the realtime price of bitcoin everytime a customer wants to pay with it, or update the currency value once per interval. Once you got that handled, you can serve the customer with that price, and provide the payment method that handles bitcoin.

Theres no quick explanation on how to add a bitcoin payment method to your store, you really have to create it from the ground up, or simply try using a PSP (Payment service provider), such as Adyen, or Bitpay

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There are magento modules available that take already take care of this and much more

  • Display amount of BTC to pay depending on current price, along with a timelimit
  • Generate new bitcoin address for each payment
  • Auto Update status of order when payment is received

Feel free to look at blockonomics module

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Accepting Bitcoin on Magento stores is super easy. You don’t need any high-quality programming skills; many Magento modules allow you to integrate Bitcoin payment method in your store quickly within a few minutes. Of the many options, I have used CoinGate Bitcoin Magento extension which is very popular and widely used to accept Bitcoin on Magento stores.

I have also written a brief guide to accept Bitcoins on Magento stores, have a look at it:

How to Accept Bitcoins on Magento Stores

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Magento will not allow you to add new currencies without modification. Bitcoin requires increased price accuracy - up to 8 decimals. You will need to update Bitcoin exchange rate much more often than once a day. There are some other limitations in standard Magento distribution. You can try live demo of this extension for Magento 2 https://shop.kozeta.lt/m2-any-currency.html that possibly will help you.

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