How to use Cryptowatch Desktop
Cryptowatch Desktop is our new native desktop application for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It allows you to build live market data dashboards, updating at high frame rate and using minimal CPU and memory.
Cryptowatch Desktop is a fully-customizable application for your desktop that lets you build your own, completely unique market views. A dashboard on Cryptowatch Desktop can feature multiple markets across any exchange listed on Cryptowatch — you can easily track your investments from a single window, without the need to navigate from page to page.
Build dashboards to track markets across multiple exchanges on Cryptowatch Desktop.
Some advantages of using Cryptowatch Desktop include:
- Watching a collection of markets with multi-chart layouts
- Comparing markets across exchanges in a single window
- Building multi-exchange, asset-specific views
- Implementing spread charts into your analysis
- Include only the information you need — every view is 100% customizable
The following actions can be done at any time using the
Board Managementmenu in the top-bar of the application. Check out the Cryptowatch Desktop hotkeys Guide to see hotkeys for the following actions (and more):
Custom themes in the
Theme Managementmenu sync to your saved themes on the Cryptowatch Web. If you haven't made any custom themes just yet, no problem! Cryptowatch Desktop comes preloaded with the same base set of themes found on Cryptowatch web.
Open the Theme Management menu by clicking the six (6) colored squares in the top-bar:
Create new themes by clicking the + next to the Custom Themes text at the top of the Theme Management menu.
To edit a theme, open the Theme Management menu and click the pencil icon next to the current theme’s title (at the top of the pop-out). You can use the sliders to edit the hue, saturation and brightness of each element of your theme or enter hex codes. To save your edits, click the green checkmark at the top of the Theme Management menu.
To undo an edit, click the return arrow that appears after adjusting any of the sliders in the Theme Management menu. To completely revert your custom theme to its original state, click the return arrow at the top of the Theme Management pop-out.
Share your custom themes by clicking the “Copy to Clipboard” button at the top of the Theme Management menu. The color information for your theme will be copied to your clipboard. Simply paste it and send to share the theme — Cryptowatch Chat could always use some cool themes.
Modules are the building blocks of your personal crypto dashboards. When adding a new module, you will be asked to specify its exchange and market. Modules are resizable and can be set to any available market on Cryptowatch.
Cryptowatch Desktop can support up to 30 individual modules in a single dashboard.
To add a module to an existing, populated dashboard:
- 1.Click an existing module that the new module will be adjacent to
- 2.Click either the vertical bar button or the horizontal bar button in the existing modules top bar to add a new module. The vertical bar splits the module’s space vertically, and the horizontal bar splits the space horizontally.
- 3.Click the
Configurebutton in the new, empty module space.
You can also use the hotkeys
H(split horizontally) and
J(split vertically) to split an existing module (
Jon a Mac).
To split & clone a module at the same time, press
Cmd) while clicking either split button on the module.
The buttons to the right of the top bar: Settings, Horizontal split, Vertical split, Delete.
- 1.Click on the module you wish to change.
- 2.Click the gear icon or use the hotkeys
Eon a Mac) to open the sidebar.
- 3.Make any desired changes to the module using the sidebar settings.
- 1.Click the module you wish to remove
- 2.Click the X in its top bar, or use the hotkeys
Don a Mac)
- 1.Click and drag the horizontal space between modules for up/down resizing
- 2.Click and drag the vertical space between modules for left/right resizing
- 3.Use the hotkeys
Uon a Mac) to equalize all module size
In the sidebar you can edit the module type, market (exchange and market) and the instrument (market/currency pair). Some modules, like the Candle Chart, have further customization options available. Extra options are listed in detail in each of the module sections below.
Click any of the module names in the table below to jump to its full description.
You can save your module configurations as a preset by selecting the module, then clicking the gear icon in its header bar. In the module options panel, click the
<save as a new preset>box at the bottom and enter a name for your preset. Click the checkmark to save.
A Cryptowatch Desktop dashboard featuring Candle Charts of multiple crypto markets.
The last-traded price of the selected market is highlighted on the Candle Chart’s y-axis (the price scale on the right). The last-traded price is highlighted in green if the price moved up in the most recent trade, and red if the price moved down.
The volume bar below also highlights the most recent volume level in the y-axis (the volume scale on the right).
The highlighted price and volume in this Kraken: BTC/USD chart indicate both have increased.
Click the venue/market name in the header bar to change the market of your Candle Chart. To change the chart interval, click the current interval in the header bar to reveal the Time Interval Settings menu.
You can also change the exchange, market and interval via the Candle Chart Options menu, using the Market and Interval options.
Candlestick color represents the observed candle's relationship to the previous candle's close. Green candles have a higher close price than the previous candle, which is a gain. Red candles are losses, with a lower close price than the close of the previous candle.
The fill of a candle indicates the relationship between the open and close prices of a single candle. Up candles have a higher close than open and are hollow. A down candle has a lower close than the open and is filled.
The Close to Close columns in the tables below refer to relationship between the close prices of the observed candle and its immediately previous candle. The Close vs Open columns refer to the close and open prices of the observed candle only.
Note that bullish candles may be red if the Close to Close relationship indicates a loss. Bearish candles may be green if the Close to Close relationship indicates a gain.
In four-color mode, the fill rules are the same, but candle color is determined by the gain and direction of the candle. Up candles are hollow, and candles with the close lower than the open (down candles) are filled.
The Order Book module displays the order book for any specific market on Cryptowatch. The order book shows pending bid (buy) and ask (sell) limit orders in a market. The prices closest to the center on both sides are the “top” of the order book — those are the best bid and ask prices available at the current moment.
In the image above:
- Prices in green represent the bid-side of the order book, by descending price from the center.
- Prices in red represent the ask side of the order book, by ascending price from the center.
For the Bars options,
Cumulativeis representative of a typical order book depth chart, where order volumes are combined as the price spans away from the top of the order book.
Individualshows volumes at specific price levels in the order book without combining lower/higher volume levels in the order book.
Individualvolume bars atop the
Multiple Summary modules can give you an at-a-glance view of all your watched markets.
The summary module is similar to the Asset card view on Cryptowatch’s Assets page. It includes a 24-hour sparkline of the market, 24-hour volume profile, 24-hour OHLC price range, and a liquidity profile.
A single Summary module for Kraken: ALGO/USD
The top bar of the Summary module shows that it spans a 24 hour period, followed by the last-traded price and 24 hour change in price, as a percent.
Below the top bar are a sparkline and volume indicator for the selected market. The sparkline is colored green at points where the price is above the open price at the start of the 24 hour period. It is colored red at points where the price is below the open price at the start of the 24 period.
The range bar shows the high and low prices at the extreme ends of the bar. The 24 hour high price is to the right, and the 24 hour low price is to the left. The vertical line represents the start price of the 24 hour period, and the dot represents the current price.
Displays the 24 hour volume in both the base and quote currencies of the selected market. The volume measured in base currency is on the left of the /, and the volume measured in quote currency is on the right.
The Liquidity bar visualizes both the bid and ask liquidity (green and red, respectively) as horizontal bars. Order book liquidity is measured to a range of 100 basis points (100bp) from the top of the order book on either side.
Market depth charts visualize pending orders in the order book. Traders may favor the depth chart over the order book when looking for the bid-ask spread or support and resistance levels.
In the image above:
The green area represents pending bid (buy) orders at their corresponding price levels in the chosen market.
The red area represents pending ask (sell) orders at their corresponding price levels in the chosen market.
In the open space:
- The top of the order book for both the bid and ask side are displayed in green and red text respectively.
- The figure in brackets displays the base points size (bps) of the spread.
Spread Chart for Kraken: BTC/USD
The green line represents the top of the bid side of the order book. As it moves, you can see how the best bid changes over time. The color of this line will correspond to the “up” color of your chosen theme.
The red line represents the top of the ask side of the order book. As it moves, you can see how the best ask changes over time. The color of this line will correspond to the “down” color of your chosen theme.
The dots represent trade markers — these mark the points where trades have taken place.
A single Ticker module for Kraken: BTC/USD
The ticker is a simple but handy module that displays:
- The last-traded price of the chosen market (10567.6 in the image above)
- The 24 hour price change, as a percent (-1.60% in the image above
- The best ask and bid prices in the order book (10567.5 and 10567.6, respectively)
The ticker module complements a full dashboard by summarizing the market succinctly.
Time and Sales module set to 2 color mode.
- Green (or “up” color) indicates a trade at a higher price than the previous trade
- Red (or “down” color) indicates a trade at a lower price than the previous trade
- Dimmed rows indicate trades at the same price as the trade before them
- Green (or “up” color) indicates a bid that traded at a higher price
- Red (or “down” color) indicates an ask that traded at a lower price
- Blue is a bid (buy order) that traded at a lower price
- Yellow is an ask (sell order) that traded at a higher price
- Dimmed rows indicate trades at the same price as the trade before them
Time and sales set to 4 color mode
Add multiple markets/exchanges in the watchlist. This image includes one for simplicity.
The watchlist module adds a list-view summary of multiple markets, even across exchanges. You can customize which information columns appear in the watchlist:
The text module is great for labels, mantras, reminders, etc.
The text module lets you add text notes to your dashboards. You can organize your dashboards or flex your imagination here.
Waiting for market opens around the world? Add a clock.
The Clock module adds a 24-hour clock to your dashboard, configurable by time zones around the world.
Clicking the gear icon in the top-right of the window opens the master options sidebar.
If Cryptowatch Desktop is running slowly or you encounter an issue, click the Account icon in the top-right of the screen, then select Configuration. The Configuration options will open in the sidebar, where you can:
- Check the connection status between Cryptowatch Desktop and our servers
- Adjust the “Update rate” — adjusting it to fewer updates per second may increase the overall performance. The default update rate is 5 updates per second.
A small indicator will appear on Modules that are refreshing, indicating that their data is not yet up-to-date. You may see this indicator appear when switching boards, for example.