Co-founder of BearTax
Coinbase provides various APIs ranging from authentication to crypto-prices. As a developer, we could be using any of those services. For us to access these services, we would need to create an application on Coinbase under “API Access”. Most likely, if you are reading this article — you would be seeing the applications listed under “API Access” tab would have a red badge saying “Disabled”
TL;DR: Coinbase updated it’s developer agreement and requires you to accept it before anyone uses Coinbase’s API via your application.
Everything was working fine and every one of our users was able to either fetch prices or authenticate themselves or could be fetching transactions for tax purposes on software like BearTax — Everyone’s who needs API permissions will be shown with a big blue screen and a message “application disabled”.
This will look like a glitch for your users, but a nightmare for you as you don’t know what would have broken this integration! Why did the Coinbase application get disabled would be the first question that pops into your mind and tries to parse in various directions.
Coinbase seems to have updated their developer agreements and needs every developer using the API to agree their “new” terms and conditions before they let their users use the API.
Generally, API providers give a heads up on upcoming events where service delivery could be impacted and prompt if there are any actions to be taken to avoid the downtime or this kind of impact. Here, in this case, the application stops working all of a sudden with a big blue screen and a small error message.
Follow the steps below to solve the ‘application disabled’ issue with Coinbase API.
So, it’s ideally an update to the developer agreement and suspension of all applications until the agreement has been accepted.
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