Application Programming Interfaces
IB offers several alternatives for connecting directly to our trading system, including:
- A proprietary Application Program Interface (API) which operates through the Trader Workstation and does not require additional technical overhead such as a dedicated FIX server.
- An industry standard FIX solution for customers who can support a FIX Computer-to-Computer Interface (CTCI) infrastructure.
Our APIs are available for DDE for Excel, Java, C++, and ActiveX. For traders with little or no programming experience, we recommend the DDE for Excel platform, as Excel offers a familiar and user-friendly interface and the DDE API is seamlessly integrated into the Excel application. To help you get started with the TWS APIs, we invite you to attend our live API for Beginners webinar.
Our CTCI connection supports FIX versions 4.1 and 4.2, with support for selected 4.3, 4.4 and custom IB tags. See the CTCI FIX tab for more information.
Both solutions can connect through the internet, extranet, or a dedicated line. Click the Interface Comparison and Connection Comparision links above for more details.