Python for Trading – Contracts Sample Code

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Looking for Python code samples for trading with the API? Be sure to check out our GitHub guide and test your algo with IBKR award-winning trading platform.

First, download the API installer from GitHub and the latest version of Trader Workstation. 

Next, practice writing Python functions for order types. Let’s review this code for sample European contract specifications from the IBKR API GitHub Guide.

def Index():
#! [indcontract]
contract = Contract()
contract.symbol = “DAX”
contract.secType = “IND”
contract.currency = “EUR” = “DTB”
#! [indcontract]
return contract

def EuropeanStock():
contract = Contract()
contract.symbol = “SIE”
contract.secType = “STK”
contract.currency = “EUR” = “SMART”
return contract

For additional order type function arguments, review the sample syntax for Market, Limit, Stop and Stop Loss orders as instructed in the GitHub file.

Remember that the Python samples get installed in the samples/Python/Testbed directory. For more API articles, see our news section.

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