Trading with APIs

Automate your trading by connecting your front-end solutions to our market-leading pricing and execution technology. Start API trading today across a range of markets, including forex and cryptocurrencies.

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What is API trading?

API stands for application programming interface. It is a program that connects two applications – for example, your IG Bank trading account and your custom-built platform. Trading with APIs enables you to gain direct access to IG Bank’s ecosystem, providing you with faster order execution and more control, which can enhance the experience of trading.

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 various exchanges 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 APIs are popular among hedge funds and registered trading firms as they enable access to more advanced programs, but they are also widely used among private traders and investors.

If you want to focus on trading rather than coding, but would like to use an advanced platform that is capable of trading with algorithms, you can use our 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 via IG Bank’s institutional service

Get coding as quickly as possible with our sample app

Use alongside third-party software such as Excel (VBA), .NET, and Java

Why trade with IG Bank?

Choose the market-leader

Start trading 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

With more 24-hour markets than anywhere else and round-the-clock support

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

Fill in our simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience.

Get quick verification

We offer 6 different ways to certify your documents.

Fund your account and trade

Or practise on a risk-free demo if you’d prefer.

Routes to trading with APIs

There are two different ways to trade via APIs with an IG Bank account:

Directly through IG Bank's API

Via ProRealTime

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

  • Create a live IG Bank account
  • Generate an API key
  • Connect to the IG Bank 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 send IG Bank trades from a custom interface you have built.

Alternatively, you could create a demo account to test your application in a risk-free environment. To use APIs via an IG Bank 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 account.

Trading CFDs with APIs

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

CFD trading enables you to offset losses against profits for tax purposes,2 making it suitable for hedging. When you trade CFDs, you can take a long or a short position. You’d take a long position if you expect the market to rise, and a short position if you expect it to fall. Once you’ve opened a position, your profit or loss will depend on the market movement of the underlying instrument.

Learn more about CFD trading with IG Bank

Markets and costs with APIs

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
  • Cryptos
Market Minimum spread
Market Minimum spread
Switzerland Blue Chip 2
FTSE 100 1
Wall Street 2.4
Germany 30 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, June 2020).
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the Switzerland.