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CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please 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 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 provider1.

Start trading today. Call +65 6390 5133 between 9am and 6pm (SGT) on weekdays or email for account opening enquiries.

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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.

What is API trading?

Who typically trades with APIs?

Trading with APIs is popular with both institutions such as hedge funds and registered trading 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 Prime

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 us?

Market-leading trading APIs
Best pricing and execution

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

Over 16,000 markets for your API trading
A trusted provider for API trading

Trade over 13,000 markets

Manage opportunity 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 the form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading knowledge to ensure you get the best experience.

Instant Activation for Singaporean citizen or PR

Or send in your documents and we'll validate your ID and address

Fund your account and trade

You can withdraw your funds easily, whenever you like.

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 account.

Trading CFDs with APIs

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

When you trade this product, 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 the markets to trade with IG

Our API markets and costs

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
Market Minimum spread
Market Minimum spread
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

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released July 2019).