Why choose Python?
Python has been crowned #1 once again in the “The Top Programming Languages” by IEEE Spectrum, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
Python language offers robust programming capabilities and is the preferred language for many quant hedge funds and finance professionals. The Python Software Organization offers a Quick Start Guide that walks you through Python installation: https://www.python.org/about/gettingstarted/. You will also need to pick an IDE to code in Python. There are many choices – some of the most popular seem to be Jupyter Notebook, PyCharm, and Spyder.
Why choose IBKR Python API?
API users who build their own automated rules-based trading application can use our API solutions.
If you are a finance professional who’s realized that it is time to start coding, the Python API provides an easier framework compared to Java or C++. Python syntax is more relaxed, and you can practice with the sample code we provide.
Getting Started Resources
Here is a short list of resources that will help you get started:
First, visit IBKR GitHub https://interactivebrokers.github.io/tws-api/ and click on the Python tab.
Get familiar with the all the resources we offer, including information on Initial setup, Architecture, Streaming Market data, Obtaining Historical Data for backtesting, error handling and message codes, and a list of classes, structs, unions and interfaces with brief descriptions.
Next, install the following
- IBKR API from here http://interactivebrokers.github.io/. Please note that the Python sample
Program.pyis installed automatically in samples/Python/Testbed directory
- Find the latest Trader Workstation here: https://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=16040
Finally, be sure to always test your API components with your simulated trading account or the TWS Demo System before you implement any new API system.
- If you already have an IBKR account, you can practice with their simulated trading version.
- Start a free trial and a simulated account with IBKR here: https://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=1286
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