21 Inc, best known for developing its bitcoin computer has launched a free web application that would help bitcoin users determine the fee required to confirm a transaction in a given amount of time.
The app and service, hosted on bitcoinfees.21.co, offers real-time figures to show relevant fee amounts that are being paid on the bitcoin network. The service also shows the expected times for confirmation of transactions. Fees are established in satoshi(s) per byte, making a nod to the smallest denomination of a bitcoin.
When sending bitcoin payments, users are typically required to send a transaction fee to reward the miners who verify the transaction on the blockchain. In stating the obvious, miners prefer transactions with bigger fees as rewards. Higher fees bring faster transactions recorded onto the blockchain, enabling quicker confirmation. As the optimal level of transactions aren’t always clear, 21 Inc seeks to provide answers.
A Medium post by 21 Inc stated:
Exactly how large a fee you need to get rapid transaction confirmation can be hard to predict in advance, because everyone else sending a Bitcoin transaction at the same time is effectively competing with you for the speed of inclusion into the Blockchain.
In providing its solution, the company revealed a new interface that bitcoin users can access on the web. Users who manually send bitcoin transactions will now gain predictions of the optimum transaction fee.
The fees predictions are gauged from blockchain data from the previous three hours as well as the current pool of unconfirmed transactions.
Furthermore, 21 claimed that its simulations provide a clear indication on how quickly transactions with different fees “are likely to be included in the upcoming blocks.”
“The predicted delay shown here is chosen to represent a 90% confidence interval,” the company added.
A disclaimer by 21 quickly adds:
Please note that including a recommended fee does not guarantee that you will end up in the next block; it just gives a recommendation based on recent past performance.
The company has also provided the API for the new service for developers.
Images from Shutterstock and 21 Inc.