Introducing the New and Improved Interactive Brokers API Documentation

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IBKR-API Support Supervisor

Interactive Brokers

In an ongoing effort to provide the best information possible, Interactive Brokers has been working tirelessly to craft a revitalized API documentation hub for our clients. The new documentation, hosted within IBKR Campus, provides a fresh perspective on some documentation which has not seen visual improvements for some time. We wanted to provide modern improvements to our system with updated content to boot.

Discussing content further, we have taken it upon ourselves to document as much as possible and express each and every method and request with more details than ever. In particular, the Client Portal API Documentation has a slew of new endpoints listed for review. The Client Portal API isn’t the only resource being overhauled. Given the age of some of our Excel Documentation, we have looked to breathe new life to the system and create a dedicated section for Excel’s systems. These adjustments also gave us, at Interactive Brokers, a unique opportunity to migrate some data that could have been displayed more prominently.

So, to better showcase our systems, we have created a dedicated page for showcasing Contracts, Order Types, a brand-new page discussing market data subscriptions page dedicated to API as well as a newly introduced Third Party Connections page. Given that these systems are ubiquitous across all our API platforms, we wanted to create an environment to represent this. The new androgenous approach to these systems allows for a more comprehensive explanation of what we have available and how to implement them. This is particularly handy as we know many of our clients implement at least two or more of our APIs.

And with respect to those new or familiar with our systems, we hope the one-stop-shop for documentation will help you to discover and find all the information you are looking for. With the introduction of these systems to a more streamlined platform, we are also able to promote the very best at Interactive Brokers. This includes direct links to our IBKR API Training Courses, IBKR Quant Blogs, and even newly produced IBKR API Blogs dedicated to helping our clients use our platforms to their very best.

We will soon be introducing a new IBKR Newsletter available on The Campus soon as well. This newsletter will contain details about IBKR API blogs, as well as notifications in the event Interactive Brokers is experiencing issues on any IBKR API platform. 

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to build out these new systems, but we are confident that this will be a refreshing improvement to the systems you may have grown accustomed to over the years. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the new platforms and maintaining a continued conversation for improvements and additions as we move forward.

5 thoughts on “Introducing the New and Improved Interactive Brokers API Documentation”

  1. It is not matter of documentation, hope to walk away from the concept of connection through a client. I should be able to connect directly without the need to run the client locally.
    Your Java client is very slow and legacy. You are significantly behind others in trading through API.

    1. Hello Maged, we are sorry to hear that you had an unsatisfactory experience with us. Please send an email to [email protected] or submit a web ticket with the category “API.” We will do our best to help from there!

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. For API-related questions, we recommend the following support methods.

      1) Create a web ticket; we have a category specifically for “API.” One of our API experts will be happy to guide you!

      2) We also have a User’s Guide for the APIs (and other trading platforms) on our website.

      3) We recently added an API tab to IBKR Campus. Check it out here.

      We hope this helps!

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