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Tentacle development


This page covers tentacle development.

A tentacle is part of a tentacle package and defines a tool for OctoBot such as a way to analyse moving averages, listen to reddit or create grid-like orders.

OctoBot uses tentacles to handle:

  • Price technical analysis (moving averages, RSI, MACD, …)
  • Social analysis (Telegram, Reddit and Google)
  • Evaluator signals interpretations (strategies)
  • Orders creation and followup (trading modes)
  • User interfaces and notifications (web, telegram)
  • Backtesting data files reading and writing (.data)
  • Exchanges fixes (to handle exchange specific behaviors)

There is no limit to the things OctoBot can handle: everything that can be coded can be used by OctoBot through a tentacle. It is possible to create a new tentacle to add a new tool to OctoBot or to build on an existing one and improve it.

Developing a new Tentacle

The most efficient way to create a new tentacle is to build on top of an existing one to add features to it. It is of course also possible to create a new completely new tentacle.

To create a tentacle improving an existing one, all you need to do is to use the existing tentacle folder as a template (to create a tentacle package) and extend the existing tentacle you want to improve and re-implement the methods you want to change in the package’s python file.


RedditForumEvaluator is a simple Reddit evaluator available by default in tentacles/Evaluator/Social/forum_evaluator/ Let’s say you want to implement SuperRedditForumEvaluator which is a better Reddit evaluator.

Create the tentacles/Evaluator/Social/super_forum_evaluator/ tentacle package based on tentacles/Evaluator/Social/forum_evaluator and start coding the the python file.

import tentacles.Evaluator.Social as Socials
class SuperRedditForumEvaluator(Socials.RedditForumEvaluator):
    # _get_sentiment is the RedditForumEvaluator method taking an entry and
    # returning a number representing the "bullishness" of the entry.
    # to change this part only, just redefine this method here
    def _get_sentiment(self, entry):
        # your new content
       sentiment = 1
       # some advanced entry analysis to set sentiment value
       return sentiment

SimpleStrategyEvaluator is a strategy available by default in tentacles/Evaluator/Strategies/mixed_strategies_evaluator/ Create the tentacles/Evaluator/Social/super_simple_strategy_evaluator/ tentacle package based on tentacles/Evaluator/Strategies/mixed_strategies_evaluator and start coding the the python file.

import tentacles.Evaluator.Strategies as Strategies
class SuperSimpleStrategyEvaluator(SimpleStrategyEvaluator):
   # _trigger_evaluation is the methods called when OctoBot is
   # asking for a strategy evaluation
   async def matrix_callback(self,
       final_evaluation = 0
       # some advanced computations to set final_evaluation value
       # update self.eval_note to store the strategy result
       self.eval_note = final_evaluation
       # finally, call self.strategy_completed to notify that
       # trading modes should wake up after this update
       await self.strategy_completed(cryptocurrency, symbol)