What is API trading?
API stands for application programming interface. It is a program that connects two applications – for example, your IG trading account and your custom-built platform. Trading with APIs enables you to gain direct access to IG’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 any of your IG trading accounts – 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’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?
Choose the market-leader
Start trading with the world's No.1 spread betting and 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 account in minutes to get started
Fill in our simple online form
We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience.
Get quick verification
We can usually verify your ID in just a few seconds.
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 account:
Directly through IG's API
Alternatively, you could create a demo account to test your application in a risk-free environment. To use APIs via an IG 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.
Markets and costs with APIs
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1 Based on revenue (published financial statements, 2022); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released June 2021).
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.