Connecting to Interactive Brokers

Modified on Thu, 13 Jun at 2:51 PM

To connect ATAS to Interactive brokers you need to make some changes in TWS settings. You need to download and install the latest version.

NOTE: Interactive Brokers market data may differ significantly from other data providers due to the nature of this connection. Please, take this into account, when analyzing/trading, using this broker`s connection. 

NOTE: The demo account from Interactive Brokers doesn't receive online data for stocks. 

IMPORTANT: This connection only works for the Western market. You will not be able to receive quotes for Russian instruments through Interactive Brokers.

To do it, follow the next steps:

1. In the main menu, choose file ->Global configurations and in opened window, choose

«Configuration ->API ->Settings».

2. Allow «Enable ActiveX and Socket Clients».

3. Allow “Download open orders on connection”.

4. Check and remember the port number. If this port is already used on your computer please enter another port number (any number from the local port range (fields below)),

5. Close and save the settings by clicking OK.

Now we are ready to connect ATAS to TWS. Open the main menu in ATAS and click the left mouse button on one of the fields shown in the screenshot below.

1. Go to the main window menu - Settings, then the submenu Connection to DataFeed.

2. Click the mouse button on the connections in the main window platform.

In the opened window, choose Add and in the next window choose Interactive Brokers and press Next.

Here we are in the settings window for IB connection:

1. In the field of line Host, type the IP address and port number of the computer where TWS is installed.
If TWS is running on the same computer as ATAS, the IP should be Port—the value from the socket port in the TWS settings.

2. Client ID - is the unique number over zero for the connected program (TWS can have several connections, and if you use only ATAS to connect- leave 1 or change to any other number).

3. Press Next.

Now you see a new line in the list of connection sources:

By pressing Connect, you will make the connection.

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