Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

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 spread betting and CFD provider.1

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

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 – available through IG Prime

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

Trade 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

Seize opportunity with more 24-hour markets than anywhere else

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

With 45 years of 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

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer 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:

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.

Trading spread bets or CFDs with APIs

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

  • Spread betting is a tax-free way to speculate on the future price of a financial market2
  • CFD trading enables you to offset losses against profits for tax purposes,2 making it suitable for hedging

When you trade either of these products, 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 ways to trade with IG

Our API markets and costs

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
Market Minimum spread
EUR/USD 0.6
AUD/USD 0.6
EUR/GBP 0.9
GBP/USD 0.9
Market Minimum spread
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

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released June 2020).
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.