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PTMC team 19.08 2016

How to create multi connection with Interactive Brokers and IQFeed?

In previous manuals we showed you how to connect Interactive Brokers to PTMC platform. In this guide we will help you to create multi connection with Interactive Brokers and IQFeed. If you think that this manual is not clear far, please watch our video manual or leave your comment under this article.


Using multiple connection allows you to configure multiple data providers with brokers or with OMS (Order Management Systems), systems that are responsible for trading order execution. Due to the fact that Interactive Brokers shows historical and real time data for Forex instruments only, you need to connect additional data provider to get historical and real time quotes on other markets.

In this case, let’s configure the connection to IQFeed:

1. First of all, you need to download and install the IQFeed client on their official website:

 download and install the IQFeed client on their official website

2. Open demo (trial) or real account on their website.

3. Next, set up a multi connection between IB and IQFeed. For this, go to Settings, create a new connection, set the name of Interactive Brokers + IQFeed, and, as the primary connection, select Interactive Brokers. Make sure that the field Host name contains the following data: ‘ Localhsot: ____’ with your Socket Port:

set up a multi connection between IB and IQFeed

4. Create a Sub Connection to the primary one. Define the name IQFeed, select a provider from the Vendor list, and enter your Login and Password:

multi connection with Interactive Brokers and IQFeed

You can create several Sub Connections with different data providers.

5. Click OK and enter your Login and Password received from Interactive Brokers in the Login Screen.


6. After you launch PTMC platform, enter a trading symbol in the Lookup field and select a necessary instrument.

Symbol Lookup in PTMC trading platform

7. The Symbol Mapping Manager panel appears automatically where you need to select Vendor (if they will be several), Vendor Data type (Quotes + History / Quotes / History) as well as create link between Trade and Quote symbol. As well you may open this panel via Tools -> Symbol Mapping Manager and create trade links manually.

Symbol Mapping Manager in action

For example, we have a Trade symbol from Interactive Brokers. Let it be a futures ESU6@Globex on the E-mini S&P500, and you need to get market data from IQFeed for this futures. IQFeed has another code for this instrument, that's why when you need to find E-mini S&P500 on IQFeed, you should use their software IQMarketDepth or just look for the symbol on their website.


IQFeed Market Depth software
8. After you create a link in Symbol Mapping Manager, you can see the whole market data (chart, Level 2 quotes) via IQFeed. If you open a new order, it will be placed via Interactive Brokers.

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