CFDs are complex instruments. You can lose your money rapidly due to leverage. Please ensure you understand how this product works and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing money. CFDs are complex instruments. You can lose your money rapidly due to leverage. Please ensure you understand how this product works and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing money.

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 leading CFD provider.1

Start trading today. Call +61 3 9860 1799 or email helpdesk.en@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday (UK time).

Contact us: +61 3 9860 1799

Start trading today. Call +61 3 9860 1799 or email helpdesk.en@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday (UK time).

Contact us: +61 3 9860 1799

What is API trading?

API trading (short for application programming interface) lets you connect two applications – for example, your IG trading account and your custom-built 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 any of your IG trading accounts – 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 via IG’s institutional service

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

Start trading with the world's No.1 CFD provider1

Access deep liquidity

Take advantage of our market-leading pricing and execution

Trade over 17,000 markets

With competitive pricing and round-the-clock support

Feel secure with a trusted provider

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

Open an account now

Open an account now

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

We have over 45 years of experience offering a truly market-leading service

Open an account now

Open an account now

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

We have over 45 years of experience offering 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:

Directly through IG's API

Via 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 the IG 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 IG's trading API, you can either build your own or use pre-made solutions to trade CFDs.

  • CFD trading - 'contracts for difference' allow you to speculate on the price of a huge variety of financial markets, without having to own the asset.

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.

Our API markets and costs

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
  • Cryptos
Market Minimum spread
EUR/USD 0.6
AUD/USD 0.6
EUR/GBP 0.9
GBP/USD 0.9
Market Minimum spread
Hong Kong HS50 5
Wall Street 2.4
US Tech 0.4
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 38
Ether 1.2
Bitcoin Cash 2

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