IBKR API Solutions for clients

Customize Your Trading Experience

Interactive Brokers clients can build their own trading applications, obtain market and chart data and view IBKR account detail using our API solutions.

IBKR API Software

Our API solution supports a number of languages, including Java, .NET (C#), C++, Python, ActiveX or DDE. We also let you use a demo account to back-test your setup and test trade ideas before going live.

  • Java – Our most popular API technology;
  • C++ (POSIX-compliant);
  • Python;
  • .NET (C#) - You can use the C# library with any .NET supported language;
  • C++ (MFC);
  • ActiveX – Integrate our ActiveX control into other programs such as Excel and Matlab;
  • DDE – Use our Excel sample application to get you started, or any DDE-aware program.

Use the following table to see which API technology best fits your needs.
Access Technology Performance Platform Has Sample Application
Java Very robust and reliable; high performance. Platform-independent Yes
C++ (POSIX-compliant) Very robust and reliable; high performance. Platform-independent Yes
(limited functionality)
Python Very robust and reliable; high performance. Platform-independent Yes
.NET (C#) Very robust and reliable; high performance. Windows only Yes
C++ (MFC) 1 Very robust and reliable; high performance. Windows only Yes
ActiveX 2 Somewhat robust and reliable (ActiveX can lose events); fairly high performance. Windows only Yes
DDE Limited; uses obsolete technologies; lower performance. Windows only Yes
(limited functionality)


  1. The C++ (MFC) API is deprecated as of API Version 9.72.
  2. Also included in our API software is ActiveX for Excel sample application for our clients who want to take advantage of our ActiveX API in an easy-to-use spreadsheet interface.
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Not sure which of our APIs is right for you?

Learn more about the solutions we offer, and compare key attributes to help you find the best API for your needs.

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IBKR API Solutions for Institutions

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  • Interactive Brokers offers a Client Portal Web API to allow any IBKR client to access their own accounts and a Third-Party API for vendors seeking access to IBKR accounts on behalf of their clients.

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  • Robust, industry-standard solution.
  • Log in to either Trader Workstation (TWS) or IB Gateway at any time with no repercussions.
  • Connect via Internet, Extranet, VPN, Dedicated Line or Cross-Connect.

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  • Market and Chart Data for Institutions.
  • User authentication for secure logins.
  • Clients access existing subscriptions and permissions.

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IB Gateway

View and manage API orders, and connect to your account data and IB market data in a seamless experience with a minimal interface.

Feature TWS IB Gateway
Provides a GUI that allows you to see and manage API orders. Yes No
Must remain running to maintain access to IB trading system. Yes Yes
Can be installed from the IB web site LOG IN menu. Yes Yes
Can also be used as a connection interface for the FIX CTCI API. No Yes
GUI-less interface runs more efficiently and uses fewer system resources. 1 No Yes


  1. Contains a login frame and GUI to display the current connection which requires a Desktop Environment to run.
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