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Tick-by-tick Historical Market Data via IBKR API

Tick-by-tick Historical Market Data via IBKR API

Quants interested in backtesting via IBKR API can get high resolution tick-by-tick data with the function IBApi::EClient::reqHistoricalTicks.

Results are returned via IBApi.EWrapper.historicalTicksIBApi.EWrapper.historicalTicksBidAsk, and IBApi.EWrapper.historicalTicksLast, depending on the type of data requested.

Let’s take a quick look at the GitHub examples in Java:

public void historicalTicks(int reqId, List ticks, boolean done) {
for (HistoricalTick tick : ticks) {
System.out.println(EWrapperMsgGenerator.historicalTick(reqId, tick.time(), tick.price(), tick.size()));

For more details, please visit our GitHub guide, and be sure to follow our API news channel for additional syntax samples.

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