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IBKR TWS Java API offers a great framework for building trading algos. Java is at the core of many technologies, so it is no surprise that it also ranked among the most popular programming languages in a recent survey done by StackOverflow.

Many seasoned algo traders and novice quants use our Java API. Today we will explore the abundance of IBKR resources for coding in this language and trading with our award-winning platform.

First, start learning the syntax with our TWS API GitHub guide.

Next, explore how to install TWS, download the Testbed sample projects and delve into the syntax for streaming market data, setting up scanners and error handling. Please note that Java 8 or higher is required for running the Java API client.

Java IBKR API Guide
IBKR GitHub Guide

Afterwards, watch Interactive Brokers API Team demonstration of TWS API capabilities and requirements.  Explore the architecture of the API from a development perspective and go through the basic flow of an API program with Testbed sample as an example.

The instructor also demonstrates API functions to perform tasks such as requesting account values, or obtaining historical data. 

To view the recording of this presentation, visit this page, and please complete all required fields before submitting the ‘Registration’ form.

Java API

Finally, be sure to practice in a simulated trading environment. This is a great way to test your algos before you implement them in real market conditions.

IBKR real trading account provides a “mirror” paper trader version with the same trading permissions and access to the full range of order types and algos. Use this account to run your algos and review the error logs, if needed.  

If you are not an IBKR client yet, we invite you to check out our FREE Trial! Start your simulated account from here: and test your trading strategies with the IBKR Java API!

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