As was mentioned in the previous section, no software needs to be installed, but the workflow will require an internet connection and a facility to send and retrieve information over http. An example of a simple client application is CURL, which is available for most LINUX or UNIX distributions.
AlchemyAPI is a commercial product. A license key is required to use it. Luckily, it is possible to receive a free license (http://www.alchemyapi.com/api/register.html), as long as there are less than 1000 transactions per day.