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 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?
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
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
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.
Our API markets and costs
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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).