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💸 Argent

Argent is a simple Javascript library for converting currency amounts to a second currency.

  • Provides a simple conversion API for programmatic use
  • Automatically manages session storage for user currency selection
  • Optionally scan page and automatically convert amounts to target currency
  • Listens to ?currency parameter plus an optional dropdown for target selection
  • Uses Numeral under the hood for configurable formatting of converted amounts


Imported module (recommended)

Use this method if you are transpiling your code with something like Webpack.

yarn add @arkade/argent
# or npm add @arkade/argent --save
import Argent from "@arkade/argent"

const argent = new Argent({ ... });

Standalone build

A standalone web build has been included at dist/argent.js and dist/argent.min.js. Include this file somewhere in your page (before the closing </body> recommended) before instantiating Argent.

Optionally, you could include the file from unpkg.com.

<script src="https://unpkg.com/@arkade/argent/dist/argent.min.js"></script>
  var argent = new Argent({ ... });


Instantiating Argent

Before you can begin converting currencies, you will need an instance of Argent.

const argent = new Argent({
  rates: { USD: 1, AUD: 0.720461, GBP: 1.30749 },
  baseCurrency: "AUD"

Converting a single currency amount

To convert formatted amounts between two currencies, use the convertFormatted method.

argent.convertFormatted("$300", "AUD", "GBP"); // Returns "$165 GBP"

The shortcut convertFormatted method internally does the following.

let aud = argent.parse("$300"); // Returns a Numeral instance with value 300
let gbp = argent.convert(aud, "AUD", "GBP"); // Returns a numeral instance with value 165.31
argent.format(gbp, "GBP"); // Returns "$165 GBP"

Converting all currencies on the page

Using the convertFormattedNodes method, you can easily parse the entire page for a particular selector and convert to the target currency.

argent.convertFormattedNodes(".currency", "AUD", "GBP");

Session management

Argent contains an in-built mechanism for remembering which currency the user has selected. This allows you to ommit the from and to arguments in the usage methods as currencies will always be converted from your baseCurrency and to the target currency selected by the user.

Once a currency is selected, it will be remembered using LocalStorage or the compatible equivalent.

Selecting a target currency

The following methods are available for currency selection:

  • Append ?currency=AUD to the URL
  • Call the argent.setCurrency('AUD') method (refreshes the page by default)
  • Change a bound currency selector input (see below)

Binding a currency selector input

You will most likely wish to provide a <select> input for your users to select a target currency. If you have one, you can bind it using the registerCurrencySelector method. Any updates to the input will automatically trigger the argent.setCurrency() method and refresh the page.


Getting the current target currency


Options reference

new Argent({
  // Object containing exchange rates (required)
  rates: {
    USD: 1,
    GBP: 1.30749,
    EUR: 1.16364,
    AUD: 0.720461

  // Object containing formatting rules for each currency (optional)
  // A default is provided, formats given here will merge
  formats: {
    AUD: { symbol: "$", code: "AUD" },
    EUR: { symbol: "€", code: "EUR" }

  // Base currency to convert from (required)
  baseCurrency: "AUD",

  // Default currency to convert to (optional, defaults to baseCurrency)
  defaultCurrency: "AUD",

  // Numeral format string for amounts in base currency (optional, includes decimals)
  baseFormat: "0,0.00",

  // Numeral format string for amounts in converted currency (optional, excludes decimals)
  convertedFormat: "0,0"

API reference

Why the name Argent?

Argent means Money in French 🇫🇷




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