What is an API and what can it be used for?

API is short for Application Programming Interface, and it can be thought of as a set of rules describing how one application can interact with another application. With regards to trading, an API enables you to connect with the exchange programmatically allowing you to obtain real-time market data, place orders, lookup past transactions and carry out withdrawals.

Traders can use the API for placing orders and retrieving public market data such as OHLC prices, tradeable asset pairs, order book data and recent spread data.

Traders can also use API to access private data such as;

  • Their most recent trades
  • Open and Closed Orders
  • Open and Closed positions
  • Available trade balance
  • Trade history
  • Trading Account balance

Our API documentation can be found here.