Interactive Brokers + Sierra Chart

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It is possible to both chart and trade an InteractiveBrokers (IBKR) account through Sierra Chart. Requirements:

  • An IBKR account
  • Latest version of Sierra Charts
  • Running either TWS platform or set up an API while running Sierra Charts
The IBKR at the time of this guide being written has official warnings from the Sierra Chart team regarding potential issues. See official documentation

Setup Instructions

  • Signup with IBKR
  • Download, login, and open the TWS trading platform from Interactive Brokers
  • In the TWS platform:
    • File > Global Configuration, ensure the following:
    • API > Settings:
      • Enable ActiveX and Socket Clients is checked
      • Read Only API is un-checked
      • Socket Port 7496
      • Component Exch Separator: /
      • Allow Connections from local host only is checked
    • API > Precautions > Bypass Order Precautions for API Orders is checked
    • General > Consider increasing the default Memory Allocation
  • Install a fresh copy of the latest version of Sierra Charts, then open Sierra Charts

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