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Application Programming Interfaces

Application Programming Interfaces Overview

IB offers several alternatives for connecting directly to our trading system, including:

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.