1. Oliver Gu
  2. ibx



IBX - OCaml implementation of the Interactive Brokers TWS API

IBX is a pure OCaml implementation of the Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation API (TWS API) built on top of Jane Street's Core and Async library.

DISCLAIMER: This software is not approved by Interactive Brokers or any of its affiliates. It comes with absolutely no warranty and the use of this software for actual trading is at your own risk.



$ opam install ibx

From Source

$ make
$ make install



The still incomplete API-documentation of this distribution can be built with make doc. It can also be found online.


Before you start, please install the Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation TWS or its low-resource alternative IB Gateway and make sure that the software allows for incoming API connections. How this is done for TWS can be watched here. For more detailed information please refer to the Interactive Brokers API Reference Guide.

NOTE: You can use the username edemo with password demouser to log into the demo account.


This simple program will connect to the IB Gateway running on localhost and retrieve the closing price for a given stock symbol:

open Core.Std
open Async.Std
open Ibx.Std

let host = "localhost"
let port = 4001

let () =
    ~summary:"Show the closing price of the given stock symbol"
      +> flag "-currency" ~doc:" currency of the stock price"
        (optional_with_default `USD (Arg_type.create Currency.of_string))
      +> anon ("STOCK-SYMBOL" %: Arg_type.create Symbol.of_string)
    (fun currency symbol () ->
      Tws.with_client ~host ~port ~on_handler_error:(`Call (fun e ->
        eprintf "[Error] Failed to retrieve closing price for %s: %s\n%!"
          (Symbol.to_string symbol) (Error.to_string_hum e);
      (fun tws ->
        Tws.latest_close_exn tws ~contract:(Contract.stock symbol ~currency)
        >>= fun close ->
        printf "[Info] Closing price for %s is %4.2f %s\n"
          (Symbol.to_string symbol) (Close.price close |> Price.to_float)
          (Currency.to_string currency);
        return ()
  |> Command.run

Assuming the above program is stored in the file show_close.ml, you can simply build it by running

$ ocamlbuild -use-ocamlfind -tag thread -pkg ibx show_close.native

and then use it to get the closing price of a stock (e.g. Apple Inc.) as follows:

$ ./show_close.native AAPL

For more complex examples please refer to the examples-directory of this distribution. You can build the examples by typing

$ ./configure --enable-examples
$ make

in the top-level directory of this distribution. If the compilation of the examples was successful, you can type

$ ./plot_history.native -duration "(Month 6)" -sma 100 AAPL

to plot a 6-month candle stick chart of Apple prices with a simple 100-day moving average:


The next command accumulates 1 minute of intraday trade and quote (TAQ) data

$ ./plot_taq_data.native AAPL

and generates a plot that looks similar to this image:


However, please note that these TAQ data plots do not reflect the true market history, since Interactive Brokers accumulates market data in time increments of 300 milliseconds; see here for more information.

More Examples

For even more examples, please check out the IBX command line tools.

Contact Information

In case of bugs, feature requests and similar, please contact: