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I'm trying to set up a software system and part of it is knowing when someone sends Bitcoins to me automatically. I'm using node.js, if that matters to anyone.

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    You should try giving more details in your question - will you be using a single address, or generate then on the fly and use them only once? Are you planning on running bitcoind somewhere, or want to have a standalone application? The more you tell us about the constrains of your system the better the community can help you with a solution that is tailored to your needs. – ThePiachu Apr 15 '12 at 2:17
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BlockChain.info provides a push notification API: - http://blockchain.info/api_websocket

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    That looks very good. Is there also a quick way to take this information to see how many verifications it has? – Beanow Apr 20 '12 at 8:57
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    Is it possible to do on my own? I mean how does blockchain.info get the info? – Shamoon Apr 25 '12 at 16:30
  • The BlockChain.info api looks cool but what if we want to use TestNet to test? Can we run a service like this on our own box? I was thinking of having a loop polling but wanted to know if there are any better ways. – Keverw Sep 1 '12 at 11:33
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You could poll the Block Explorer for balance of any Bitcoin address. For example, you can see the page of the address that appeared in the Genesis Block.

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