Get Started with IBKR API RTD Server for Excel


 Learn how to use IBKR TWS Excel APIs, featuring the RealTimeData Server with our GitHub Reference Guide.

The IBKR API – RTD Server for Excel is a dynamic link library that allows our clients to request real-time market data from IBKR’s Trader Workstation (TWS) via our API, as well as Microsoft Excel. RTD technology is open source and thus very popular. It is a newer technology compared to Excel DDE and easier to use compared to VB-built ActiveX. Take a look at this comparison of Excel API features:

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Follow the below installation instructions:

  1. Install the IBKR API from here
    The RTD Server is built in C# so the source file will be installed in the TWS API/source/CSharpClient/TwsRtdServer directory.
  2. The latest TWS from here:
  1. Excel RTD Server API serves as a dynamic link library that helps algo traders get real-time market data from TWS via the API using Microsoft Excel. Explore this setup and requirements

A sample RTD spreadsheet is provided within the API installation directory. Visit the GitHub page for details:

Important to remember is that API installer for RTD Server is compatible with 64-bit Excel.

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