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Get Started with IBKR API RTD Server for Excel

IBKR API

 Learn how to use IBKR TWS Excel APIs, featuring the RealTimeData Server with our GitHub Reference Guide.

The IBKR API – RTD Server for Excel is a dynamic link library that allows our clients to request real-time market data from IBKR’s Trader Workstation (TWS) via our API, as well as Microsoft Excel. RTD technology is open source and thus very popular. It is a newer technology compared to Excel DDE and easier to use compared to VB-built ActiveX. Take a look at this comparison of Excel API features:

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Follow the below installation instructions:

  1. Install the IBKR API from here http://interactivebrokers.github.io/.
    The RTD Server is built in C# so the source file will be installed in the TWS API/source/CSharpClient/TwsRtdServer directory.
     
  2. The latest TWS from here: https://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=16040
  1. Excel RTD Server API serves as a dynamic link library that helps algo traders get real-time market data from TWS via the API using Microsoft Excel. Explore this setup and requirements  https://interactivebrokers.github.io/tws-api/tws_rtd_server.html

A sample RTD spreadsheet is provided within the API installation directory. Visit the GitHub page for details: https://interactivebrokers.github.io/tws-api/rtd_examples.html

Important to remember is that API installer for RTD Server is compatible with 64-bit Excel.

Disclosure: Interactive Brokers

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