Interactive Brokers with R: Ibrokers Trading API

Interactive Brokers

Interactive Brokers LLC is a U.S.-based brokerage firm. It is often best known for its trader workstation, API's, and low margins. It operates the largest electronic trading platform in the U.S. by number of daily average revenue trades. The company brokers stocks, options, futures, EFPs, futures options, forex, bonds, and funds.
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APIs offered by brokers and data platforms

I’ve been looking for a broker that has an API for index futures and ideally also futures options. I’m looking to use the API to build a customized view of my risk based on balances, positions, and market conditions.
Searching the algotrading sub I found many API-related posts, but then when I actually read them and their comments, I found they’re often lacking in real substance. It turns out many brokers or data services that have APIs don’t actually support index futures and options via the API, and instead they focus on equities, forex, or cypto. So here’s the list of what I’ve found so far. This isn’t a review of these brokers or APIs and note that I have a specific application in mind (index futures and futures options). Perhaps you’re looking for an API for equities, or you just want data and not a broker, in which case there may be a few options. Also, I’m based in the US so I didn’t really look for brokers or platforms outside the US.
If you have experience with these APIs, please chime in with your thoughts. Also, I may have missed some brokers or platforms. If I did or if you see anything that needs correction please let me know.

Platform Notes
ADM Investor Services No API
Ally Invest Does not support futures instruments
Alpaca Only supports US Equities
Alpha Vantage Does not support futures instruments
AMP Broker with a huge number of platforms available including some with APIs
ApexFutures No API
Arcade Trader No API
AvaTrade Does not support futures instruments
Backtrader Not a data feed; otherwise looks cool but also looks like a one-man shop
Cannon Trading Broker with a variety of platforms, some have API access such as TT
Centerpoint No API
Charles Schwab API does not support futures instruments
Cobra No API
Daniels Trading No API
Discount Trading Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
Edge Clear Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
Eroom Now part of Dashprime. Offer a variety of APIs including CQG, TT, CBOE's Silexx, and others via FIX.
ETNA Trader Only supports equities, options (including multi-legs), ETFs, Mutual Funds (Forex with cryptocurrencies coming soon)
ETrade API seems robust but OAuth authorization needs to be refreshed via login once per 24 hours
Futures Online No API
Gain Capital Futures API available, based on .NET; unsure if they are open to retail clients
GFF Brokers Broker with a large number of platforms including some with API access
High Ridge Futures Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
iBroker API available; contact them for more info
IEX Cloud Looks great but does not support futures instruments
Infinity Futures JSON API available; contact them for more info
Interactive Brokers Client Web API looks promising if clunky
Intrinio Supports futures instruments but is expensive
Koyfin No API
Lightspeed C++ API available
marketstack API for equities available. Does not support futures instruments.
Medved Trader Windows app with a streaming API to various data sources and brokers. See comment below about API beta access.
NinjaTrader Does not support futures options
Norgate Data Not a broker; supports futures data for $270/year
Oanda Forex only; API last updated in 2018
Optimus Futures Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
Phillip Capital Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
polygon.io Expensive but looks slick; does not support futures instruments
Quandl API looks solid; $49/monthly for personal use, does not allow distributing or sharing data; not a broker
Quantconnect Does not expose raw data
Quantopian Does not expose raw data
Quantower Software that connects to multiple brokers and data feeds; API to their software via C# interface
Saxo Markets Broker with extensively documented API
Stage 5 Trading API available through Trading Technologies
Straits Financial Broker with several platforms available including some with APIs such as CQG, R
Sweet Futures Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
TastyWorks There's an unofficial Python API
TenQuant.io Does not support futures instruments
ThinkorSwim Does not support futures instruments via the API
Tiingo Free account tier but does not support futures instruments
TradePro Broker with a number of platforms available; unclear if any are available with API access
Tradier Free developer API account for delayed data but does not support futures instruments
TradeStation Nice looking API docs and supports futures instruments; requires opening an account and a minimum balance of $100k and there’s no trial available
TradeFutures4Less Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
TradingTechnologies API looks robust; pricing starts at $700/month
TradingView Does not expose data API
Tradovate Technologies API exists, documentation unknown; need to talk to their account team
Wedbush Futures Broker with several platforms offered, a few of which have API access
WEX .NET/COM only; pricing not disclosed on website
Xignite Pricing not disclosed on website but they do support futures instruments
Yahoo Finance API Available through RapidAPI or via direct access; but it’s discontinued and unreliable
Zaner Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs

Wow, this list grew longer than I originally thought it would be. If you spot a mistake, please let me know and I’ll correct it.
Edit:
- added Lightspeed API - updated Dashprime to indicate some of the APIs available - added Medved Trader to table - added marketstack to table
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Is Interactive Brokers the only place I can trade options through an API?

I'm a long time day trader who works as a software engineer. I'm hoping to finally merge these two passions, but finding the options for algotrading API's are really lacking. I looked into the following...
My question to all of you: What platform/services are you using to algotrade? What's your stack? What options did I miss? Is it really this bad?
I'm going to wait and try out IB, but I'm genuinely considering building my own platform using NASDAQ Total View but it's expensive and I feel like there must be an easier way. Thanks for your input.
Yes, I read the wiki.
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UK Plebs - what are you using *now* to get in on this?

aay.
The current consensus seems to be RH is awful and is in pre-release right now anyway - ameritrade doesn't appear to support non American peeps, and i'm very very leary of doing anything with Degiro without some more research. What do you use and why?
edit: After 1 week and £2,000,000 of money mangling:
IG went down twice, right when something valuable was happening. Also the API is broken. Get a general 'cheap goods' feel from them, and they don't support straight options trading
Trading212 is built on AWS and is tangibly better performing. The UI for desktop is a bit too javascripty with flashy effects and there's a general feeling it was designed mobile first, but I have to admit it's quite pleasant to use. Plan to look at the API at some point.
Edit 2:
InteractiveBrokers gave me an account up to a point but I'm too poor to qualify for their services according to their regulations section. Need $40k+ liquidity to your name before they'll look at you.
Plus500 is nice, if a bit basic and clunky to get started, but the only options trading it offers is CFD which defeats the purpose - at least for me.
Ava Trade is very very 1990's looking for the web platform and the demo only offers forex.
Edit 3:
Ameritrade rejects UK applicants after you've given them your info.
Tradestation does not support any UK banks for initial funding out of the box - waiting for contact.
Bit the bullet and going with Degiro - currently inundated with new applications so _10 days_ delay expected.
Still looking for an actual options broker ;\
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ETORO vs INTERACTIVE BROKERS vs OANDA vs CORE SPREADS

Hi guys, just want to compare brokers. I am looking for a broker that allows users here in the philippines
I want to open an account to trade in the global market. I've been using ETORO for some months already and there's a lot of negative reviews with regards to their withdrawal process/fee.
Then the trader that I am following uses Core Spreads which is why I want to consider it. I also saw Interactive Brokers allows API calls which is also good since I also want to automate my trades.
I see OANDA from some posts here and they say it's also good.
What you think guys? Pros and Cons?

EDIT: I am now reviewing this brokers: pepperstone, IG and Forex.com. Those brokers had the best reviews made by pinoy bloggers
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Broker advice needed

I use to trade on 1Broker but then they shutdown. 1Broker provided:
I am looking to use another broker and need some advice.
I looked at whaleclub and simplefx which are both bucket shops but I frequently see user complaints against them which makes me wary. There is also okcoin, bitmex, and bitfinex but they only offer cryptos.
I am thinking of using a USD denominated traditional broker now like Interactive Brokers. I assume I could get my required leverage through options trading. They offer plenty of products. However, I heard their API is subpar. And I am not sure if I need to get my data independently from them or not.
What are your thoughts?
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Run Another Service Within Flask

Hello, I am having a problem with flask and quickfix. For those who don't know, quickfix is a python framework for creating FIX engines (FIX is a messaging protocol for financial services). My project started with a command line interface where I would start my quickfix app and keep a while loop asking for user input.
Now I must modify my project as a web app and decided to use flask. I set up a flask route to start the quickfix server but every time I access that API endpoint from Postman, my flask server dies, sometimes with a buffer overflow error and sometimes it does not give me any error messages.
Here is my flask code (it is very basic). The route that is causing the problem now is "/api/start_fix/" at flask_api.py:
from flask import Flask, render_template import fixapp from types import SimpleNamespace app = Flask(__name__) fix_handle = None @app.route('/') def home(): return "

This is a sample

" @app.route('/api/start_fix/',methods=['POST']) def start_fix(config_file): #these three lines below are temporary and circling each other. args = vars(fixapp.get_default_args()) args['config'] = config_file args['verbose'] = 3 args = SimpleNamespace(**args) fix_handle = fixapp.create_fix_app(args,fix_mode='manual') fix_handle.start() return "SUCCESS" @app.route('/api/start_quote/',methods=["POST"]) def start_quote(symbol): options = {'55':symbol} fix_handle.send_subscribe_to_data(options) @app.route('/api/get_ticks',methods=['GET']) def get_ticks(): return fix_handle.get_ticks() #get_ticks should return a json object @app.route('/api/get_ticks/',methods=['GET']) def get_ticks_by_size(size): return fix_handle.get_ticks(size=size) #should be json if __name__ == '__main__': app.run(debug=True)
fixapp is my implementation with quickfix and structured as a python package. I was hoping to use fix_handle to access data from within it through flask but the server crashes right at the beginning.
I will include a snippet of the function fix_handle.start() in case it is useful even though it is very short fixapp/session_object.py:
class SessionBase(object): """Base session object. It will be used to initialized most of the session object parameters""" def __init__(self,args): self.args = args self.config_file = args.config self.settings = fix.SessionSettings(self.config_file) self.decoder = FixDecoder() self.datastream = DataStream() self.orderstore = OrderStore() self.storeFactory = fix.FileStoreFactory(self.settings) self.logFactory = fix.FileLogFactory(self.settings) def start(self): """Initiate FIX app and do nothing else. This will only work if the child class has implemented the self.app and self.initiator""" try: self.initiator.start() time.sleep(1) print("FIX application has started...") #fixapp.utils.fix_started_msg() except (fix.ConfigError , fix.RuntimeError) as e: print(e) . . . 

self.initiator.start() is a function from the quickfix library and not implemented by me.
Also, to make it more clear, I want to remind that fixapp will start a process on its own and a server connection to a forex broker. This functionality used to work well from the command line but from within flask it can't work.
I looked into using threading or multi-threading libraries and was thinking of starting a new thread for each time my flask endpoint is sent a request, but it is still unclear to me how I could communicate with my quickfix process. Quickfix needs to be running in the background and those flask endpoints simply redirect to it. Quickfix will be continuously collecting FOREX data from the market.
I guess this is more about how to approach my problem by running quickfix from inside flask so that users of the web app can interact with it.
I would appreciate if someone can help me with this issue and if I wasn't clear or there is more information needed, please let me know.
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Best Semi-Automated Trading Setup Idea

I'm fairly new to trading (a years experience) and wanting to setup a smooth system that automates as much as possible but still lets me execute the trades. I've got an idea for it and hoping to get some feedback on it and maybe bounce some ideas.

Main goals:

My plan to create this system is using Excel and VBA connected to the Interactive Brokers exchange. I think it would be possible to do everything I want but I've also heard bad things about the DDE API and this type of excel setup being unreliable. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on this?

And does anyone have any alternate suggestions as to software that would allow me to create this setup? I have programming experience but haven't really a clue when it comes to UI setup so I'm hoping to avoid that learning curve if possible.
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Forex Trading

I just graduated with a Bachelors in Economics however I am not satisfied. I want to go into algorithmic trading/HFT and was wondering what major is better. Computer Engineering vs Software Engineering? Hardware seems fascinating to learn but I want to primarily learn algorithms and programming so I can interact with forex brokers API's more efficiently. My mentor suggested computer engineering but intuition tells me software engineering teaches more programming and algorithms. What do you all think?
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Looking for trading platform with a public API

Hello
I'm a software developer new to investing. I have invested into an index but currently I'm interested in testing if I could develop swing trading strategies that are profitable in the long term. I'm thinking of starting with forex trading. My plan would be to create my own software that integrates into a trading platform so that I can easily generate charts that I need myself etc. I'm nowhere near ready to invest sufficient amounts of money yet, so I will be just backtesting and simulating trading for probably quite a while. Now I'm at the stage that I'm looking for a trading platform that would fill these requirements:
I have found TrueFX that offers forex data but heard their data might have some issues. Namely it lacks volume information and some data is missing. Interactive Broker's API seems good but they have a pretty high minimum balance requirement.
Thanks!
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Algorithmic Trading Strategy for Forex (EUR/USD)

Dear Reddit,
We are a team of three people that have developed an algorithmic trading strategy for Forex during the beginning of this year.
It is coded in .NET and the broker we use is Interactive Brokers (API). Strategy is simple and trades after technical indicators, but highly optimized.
The algorithms works very well and has already given us a return of 30% without margin during three weeks of live trading. We did get good results when we backtested the algorithms too (6 months), but we get even better results during live trading. We have developed our own backtesting software with our own recorded data. The strategy is only trading EUUSD right now because this currency pair has the highest amount of liquidity in the market, and our robot needs liquidity. We hold positions from 60 ms up to 1 hour.
We are trading Live with our own money right now. But we are very interested to get in touch with people in this area to continue to develop this strategy, attract capital or collaborate with other people in this area.
We often get the question: "Is it really possible to make money with algorithmic trading?" Answer: Yes you can, but it involves a lot of work, experience and sense of how markets work. This strategy for example should only be used when the markets conditions are "right" for this strategy and that is; High liquidity in the FX markets, low volatility and no major news events or volatile stock markets that can have spill over effects on the FX market. Otherwise big unexpectedly moves in this currency pair will occur more often and and this will result in unnecessary losses.
Which boards or communities are best for this kind of things?
Please let us know. If you have any questions about our strategy or anything else, feel free to ask :)
Thanks.
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Best/Cheapest source of live ECN market data feed (FIX API)

Hey guys. Awesome sub you got here. I'm a software engineer and I'm interested in learning more about the forex markets. Before I put any real money down, I want to analyze the data and come up with some hypotheses and backtest them.
I'm looking for a live data feed of prices, volume, market depth, etc that I can use for the analysis.
Do you guys know of a cheap/free source of such data? It needs to be ECN data or as close as possible. And historical data would be nice but not necessary, I'm looking more for a live feed.
I've look at various ECN brokers but they only offer their FIX API to institutional investors with hundreds of millions of USD in trades per month.
The cheapest I've seen is Interactive Brokers, but their minimum account balance is USD10k.
Please let me know if you know of other brokers or have any other ideas about attaining this kind of data.
Thanks
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Just released an open source Java library for interacting with Bitcoin exchange APIs and want to get the word out.

The project is called XChange and the code can be found on Github. So far it provides support for:
We plan on adding MtGox streaming public market data and private account data next, followed by Intersango, and InteractiveBrokers, a traditional financial broker of stocks, forex, etc. See Milestones for more details. Someone left a feature request today, asking for hooks into the Bitcoin Charts Ticker API, which we'll probably add soon.
XChange has already been integrated into Multibit, showing near-real-time ticker data from MtGox directly in the client.
Any criticisms/thoughts?
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[26/M] Receiving a windfall and looking for a bit of a clean slate

I'm 26 currently making around $30k a year doing freelance work after transitioning into a new industry. I live at home and my previous work experience allowed me to pay off any debt I had. I'm at a point now where I would like to make some of my investments a little bit safer but also have an account to play around with a bit.
First of all, I have been maxing out my Roth IRA at vanguard for a few years now and will continue to do so; no 401k in my line of work unfortunately. I do not foresee myself moving out any time soon and if I did it would most likely be only for a few years with roommates before I end up inheriting a small house.
Currently my main savings is $12k sitting in a High Yield Investor Checking account with Charles Schwab. This is a .1% APY checking account with a brokerage account attached. There are no fees for this account.
The more complicated part of my situation is this. I have an Interactive Brokers account that I opened up when I was 24 with about $5k. I was pretty dumb with this money and invested in a small number of individual stocks. I haven't sold any of my original investments and I'm up a couple grand right now but would like to get this money into something a little less risky. Since I am now over 25 Interactive Brokers is also charging $10 a month unless I can cover that in commission which lately I haven't been doing. I will also be receiving a $30k inheritance soon.
What I think I want to do is sell off most of what I have in my Interactive Brokers account right now and set up a lazy portfolio with either Schwab or Vanguard with the inheritance and a chunk of what I take out of IB. Any preference for the two?
My main question then is where to go with the money I would like to play around with? I am not looking to ever get in to options, futures, forex, etc and will mainly just be gambling/speculating with some excess income. Commission fees are great with the IB account but there may be some spans of time where I just want to relax and the idea of paying $10 bucks a month for something I wouldn't be utilizing anywhere near its full potential isn't that appealing to me. Then again, for the periods where I do want to be active, the much higher commission costs at other brokerages will be bothersome. Is Robinhood possibly a good route for me to take? I also wouldn't mind something with a much simpler interface as sometimes IB's TWS makes my head start to spin.
Part of me also thinks going with Schwab for everything might not be such a bad idea. Any thoughts?
Anyway, I appreciate the help and hopefully my plans don't seem extremely dumb.
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