CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please consider our Risk Disclosure Notice and ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please consider our Risk Disclosure Notice and ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.

Trading with APIs

Connect your front-end solutions to our market-leading pricing and execution technology. Start trading with APIs today with the world’s No.1 CFD provider.1

Call +41 (0) 58 810 77 42 to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Contact us: +41 (0) 58 810 77 42

Call +41 (0) 58 810 77 42 to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Contact us: +41 (0) 58 810 77 42

What is API trading?

API trading (short for application programming interface) lets you connect two applications – for example, your IG Bank account and your custom-built trading platform. Trading with APIs lets you access our ecosystem directly – giving you faster order execution and more control over your trades.

Trading with our APIs is an easy way to get live market data, historical prices and execute trades from your IG Bank trading account – without having to manually trawl through different exchanges’ order books and dark pools for data and prices. Instead, you can get the information delivered directly to you, ensuring speed and efficiency.

Who typically trades with APIs?

Trading with APIs is popular with both institutions such as hedge funds and registered trading firms, as well as retail traders. That’s because APIs offer access to more advanced programs.

If you want to focus on trading rather than coding, but would like to use an advanced platform that’s capable of trading with algorithms, you might benefit from our partnership with ProRealTime platform.

Why trade with APIs?

Create bespoke trading solutions with our web-based APIs, either REST-based or streaming

Take advantage of DMA and OTC products with our FIX API – available through IG Prime

Get coding as quickly as possible with our sample app

Benefit from third-party software such as Excel (VBA), .NET, and Java

Why trade with us?

Choose the market-leader

Trade with the world's No.1 CFD provider1

Access deep liquidity

Take advantage of our market-leading pricing and execution technology

Trade over 17 000 markets

Seize opportunity with more 24-hour markets than anywhere else

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Open an IG Bank account to get started

Open an IG Bank account to get started

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17 000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Open an IG Bank account to get started

Open an IG Bank account to get started

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17 000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Routes to trading with APIs

With us, there are two different routes to trading with APIs:

Through IG's API

Through ProRealTime

You’d do this if you want to build your own trading platform.

  • Create a live trading account
  • Generate an API key
  • Connect to our API using our Excel app or start coding
  • Understand the risks and costs of trading before you open your first trade

You’d do this if you want to trade with us from a custom interface you have built.

You can also use our demo account to test your application in a risk-free environment. To use APIs on our demo, you have to use the same email address as your live account. If you already have a live account, you can use the account switcher on the top left of the page to open a demo.

Trading CFDs with APIs

With our trading API, you can either build your own or use pre-made solutions to trade CFDs.

CFD trading is suitable for hedging. When you trade CFDs, you can take a long or a short position. You’d buy (go long) if you expect the market to rise, and you’d sell (go short) if you expect it to fall.

Learn more about CFD trading with IG Bank

Our API markets and costs

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
  • Cryptos
Market Minimum spread
USD/CHF 1.5
EUR/USD 0.6
AUD/USD 0.6
EUR/GBP 0.9
GBP/USD 0.9
Market Minimum spread
Switzerland Blue Chip 2
FTSE 100 1
Wall Street 2.4
Germany 40 1.2
Australia 200 1

Market Minimum spread
Spot Gold 0.3
Spot Silver 2
Oil - US Crude 2.8
Oil - Brent Crude 2.8

Market Minimum spread
Bitcoin 36
Ether 1.2
Bitcoin Cash 2

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The content of this page is provided for information only. IG Bank S.A. do not take any responsibilities in the algorithmic trading offered by platforms such as ProRealTime, MetaTrader 4 (MT4) or any other third party providers. The information and data presented in this page are not to be considered as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or subscribe to any financial instruments and/or to subscribe to an algorithmic trading system.

1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2020).