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Using the Dwolla API with node.js

December 02, 2011

Dwolla.com is a new payment network. It makes it easy to transfer money without the transaction fees charged by credit cards. Each transaction over $10 is 25 cents, and those under $10 are free. I think this has a lot of potential so I have been exploring ways to utilize their API.

To start I wrote a node.js module for their API that you can find at https://github.com/nanek/node-dwolla. In addition, I added Dwolla OAuth2 to the everyauth module to make it easy to authenticate.

They have some interesting API methods that are not common to payment APIs. You can view a user's account transactions and balances (with permission of course). They also integrate and expose a user's contacts from various social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to make it easy to send/request money from friends.

Let me know if you build something cool or if you have a great idea that could utilize their API.

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