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Four Python Syntax Attributes Used to Define a Contract via IBKR API

Python

The ContractSamples.py sheet from our Python Testbed sample will help you learn the syntax needed to define contracts in algo trading systems. These four are considered key class attributes:

contract.symbol
contract.secType
contract.currency
contract.exchange


Examples 1: EUR/GBP FX contract

@staticmethod
def EurGbpFx():
#! [cashcontract]
contract = Contract()
contract.symbol = “EUR”
contract.secType = “CASH”
contract.currency = “GBP”
contract.exchange = “IDEALPRO”
#! [cashcontract]
return contract

Examples 2: CFD contract


@staticmethod
def CFD():
#! [cfdcontract]
contract = Contract()
contract.symbol = “IBDE30”
contract.secType = “CFD”
contract.currency = “EUR”
contract.exchange = “SMART”
#! [cfdcontract]
return contract

For more examples, download the ContractSamples.py from IBKR GitHub repository: http://interactivebrokers.github.io/

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