TWS And MultiCharts Advanced Charting FAQ's


Since build 944, the Trader Workstation offers integration with MultiCharts for TWS. This article provides a basic FAQ.

Background: advanced charting is now integrated into TWS as a complement/upgrade to our existing interactive charts. The tool is free of charge to IB customers and includes:

  • Advanced charting
  • Drawing tools and a large library of more than 300 indicators
  • User-programmable technical indicators
  • Strategy backtesting
  • User-programmable trading strategy signals

User-programmable features can be programmed using C# or Visual Basic. If you decide you want to transmit orders from to TWS, you can upgrade to the trading version of for $39.00 per month (following a one-month free trial).

MultiCharts PowerLanguage
We also offer a more advanced flavor of MultiCharts for customers who are not programmers, but who require sophisticated features including automatic order transmission from MultiCharts to TWS and the ability to program complex custom technical indicators. This version, MultiCharts PowerLanguage, offers all of the charting features of along with PowerLanguage, a more user-friendly computer programming language with a small learning curve that was designed to be used by non-programmers. The PowerLanguage version is available for $39.00 per month (following a one-month free trial).

Please note that MultiCharts is currently not supported for accounts holding a large number of positions and these accounts may experience stability issues if they use the tool. Also note that these two products are independent, and charting details set up in will not be transferred over to MultiCharts PowerLanguage.

To download and install MultiCharts, from the New Window drop-down in Mosaic select MultiCharts. From TWS, use the Analytical Tools menu. Choose to download either (free) or MultiCharts PowerLanguage ($39.00/month following free one-month trial). Please note that the initial download may take some time.

Questions and Answers

Q: What is the recommended build of the TWS in order to interface with MultiCharts for TWS and MultiCharts.NET for TWS?

Answer: TWS build 944 or above.

Q: Is the MultiCharts for TWS interface compatible with Mac/Linux machines?

Answer: No. MultiCharts is a Windows-only software. 

Q: Is MultiCharts for TWS compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems?

Answer: Yes. MultiCharts for TWS is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit system. 

Q: Does the customer need to install anything prior to the use of MultiCharts for TWS?

Answer: No, the installation of the needed packages takes place automatically when starting the platform from within the TWS.

Q: Is any additional configuration in the TWS needed to be able to use MultiCharts for TWS?

Answer: No additional step on the TWS side is needed - all components of the software that are needed for the launch are included in the TWS. Then, after the launch has started, the software automatically downloads all necessary components.

 Please note, that it is not necessary to enable “ActiveX and Socket client connection” in the API configuration window of the TWS.

Q: Is there any prerequisite to be met prior to the launch, such as a special Java version, etc.?

Answer: No, there isn't, but the user needs to be administrator of the machine, he starts the platform on, or at least an administrator has to perform that during the first launch. This is due to the installation of some system components at the beginning.

Q: Is it possible to connect other third party software to the TWS at the same time?

Answer: Yes. It is possible to connect other third party software at the same time. However, user may have to adjust the connection setup of the third party application. Please note that third party application must provide a unique client id number in order to interface with TWS. MultiCharts for TWS utilizes client id zero (Client id = 0) as the default value. In third party application setup, it is critical that user must verify the client id number and make sure it is not assigned to zero. If it is assigned to zero, then user must adjust the client id number.

 If user can't determine the client id number of this non-MultiCharts third party application, then IB strongly recommend that user must consult with the third party vendor for verification.

Q: What happens if another version of MultiCharts is installed on the user's computer?

Answer: The two versions may exist simultaneously as they are different programs.

Q: How will the update take place?

Answer: This happens automatically - version control is done at the application’s start and the user is presented with the option to update or to do that later.

Q: What is the difference between the two versions of the platform: MultiCharts PowerLanguage for TWS and MultiCharts.NET for TWS?

Answer: With the . NET version at the end of the Trial period of 30 days (no matter if you have traded or not from within this application), you will need to pay if you want to keep your trading privileges, otherwise you can continue using the other features of MultiCharts.NET for TWS.

The Multicharts PowerLanguage for TWS will lose all functionality at the end of the 30 days of the Trial period and you will have to obtain a license in order to continue using the application.

If a user starts with .NET and then decides he wants the PowerLanguage subscription version, whatever configuration has been set up in the .NET version is discarded. The two platforms work like two discrete products.

TWS Order Presets: Primary Order Fields

Brief video on Presets that are relevant to your Primary Order

Cloud Watchlists


This article explains how to setup Cloud Watchlists.


It is now possible to synchronize the watchlists on your mobile devices with the watchlists of Trader Workstation on your computer. You will no longer need to worry about adding same tickers over and over again. The Cloud Watchlists feature is available in Trader Workstation build 936 and higher. Once the Cloud Watchlists have been enabled, they can be then imported in mobileTWS using the "Import" option from the Configuration menu.

Enable the Cloud Watchlists in Trader Workstation

  1. Login into the Trader Workstation
  2. Click on Edit in top menu, then on Global Configuration (or File -> Global Configuration if TWS is in the Mosaic layout)
  3. In the left column of the configuration window, click on Lock and Exit
  4. In the right pane, mark the checkbox "Save watchlists to cloud" (as shown in the screenshot below)
    Enable Cloud Watchlists in the TWS
  5. Click Apply, then OK to close the configuration window

Enable Cloud Watchlists on a mobile device



  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, please go to the Configuration menu and select Watchlist Import and select the device/computer to import from
  5. In the Configuration meny, enable the option "Save Cloud Watchlists"


  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, tap on "Setup" in top left corner and enable "Save cloud watchlists"
  5. Back in the main screen, in top left section, tap on the Import button and select the device/computer from which to import the Cloud Watchlist

Android mobile or tablet

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be shown the Watchlist Import wizard
  3. Select the device/computer from which to import the watchlist
  4. To see the imported watchlists, navigate to Quotes and Charts from the main menu and select an imported watchlist from the dropdown





Mac OS X TWS Manual Installation Instructions


This type of installation will require you to launch the Trader Workstation through a Terminal window by using the string shown below in step 7. If you are not familiar with the use of Terminal, please use the automated installation package found here

Manual Jar File Installation

1. To install to the latest TWS Mac OS production release on your computer, hold down the Control Key, and with your mouse click on the button below:

2. From the menu, click "Download Link to Disk."
3. Once the file has downloaded to your desktop, move the file to your Home directory (this is a folder listed on your hard drive within the Users folder).
4. Access the command line terminal from the Applications menu. First select Utilities and then select Terminal.
5. At the command line, create a directory called IBJts and load TWS files by typing:

jar xf unixmacosx.jar

Press Return.

6. Change the directory to IBJts by typing:

cd IBJts

Press Return.

7. To run TWS, type or paste in the Terminal window the following: (** Please note that there is a space then ".", after LoginFrame **)

java -cp jts.jar:total.2013.jar -Xmx512M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M jclient.LoginFrame .

 Press Return.

Install the Standalone version of Trader Workstation (TWS) on Mac OS


To install the standalone version of TWS on your MAC OS X, begin by selecting the following MAC TWS download page:  Once there, you will be presented with the Automated Installation Package. then follow the following steps:

1. Click on the MAC Download button

2. When prompted with the open file dialog, choose the SAVE FILE option

3. Save the file to your Desktop.

4. Double-click the downloaded zip file, your system will expand the file and put an executable file on your desktop called, TWSX_INSTALL.  * If you use Safari, the installation file will have already been extracted to your downloads folder. 

5. Double-click the package (TWSX_INSTALL)

6. Installation will start. First screen you see is the Welcome to the TWS Installer. Please click on CONTINUE.

7. Select only the check box for Trader_WorkStation_X and click on CONTINUE.

8. Click on INSTALL.

9. You should now see an installation progress bar.  When complete, you will see a checkmark encased in a green circle. "The Installation was successful".

10. Click on CLOSE.


Starting the TWS

To launch the TWS once installed:

1. Click on Finder

2. Click on your Users folder (House icon)

3. Double-click the Applications folder, where you will find the Trader_WorkStation_X application.

Alternatively, click on the magnifying glass on the upper right hand corner (SPOTLIGHT), and enter Trader_Workstation_X.  The application will appear as a TopHit.


Recovering your Settings

1) Launch the Standalone TWS, but do not login. If you were previously storing your settings to the IB server by having selected the "Use/Store Settings on Server" check box, select that check box again and your settings will be automatically retrieved from our server.

In the event you were not previously storing your settings, there is nothing to retrieve and you will need to recreate them. Select the "Use/Store Settings on Server" check box afterwords to ensure your settings are saved on the IB server should they need to be retrieved at a later date. Also note that by using this feature your settings will be synchronized in the event you operate your Standalone TWS on multiple computers.

2) On the login window, click on the "Browse" button adjacent to the "Settings Directory" field. A window titled "Select Settings Directory" will open and from there select the button containing the image of a house (user directory).  From the list of folders which appear, select the folder titled IBjts (alternatively titled: Jts. Click on the "OK" button.

3) Type in your user name and password and complete the login. The TWS should now open with all your personal settings.



Compatibility between MetaTrader and IB


IB provides to its account holders a variety of proprietary trading platforms at no cost and therefore does not actively promote or offer the platforms of other vendors. Nonetheless, as IB's principal trading platform, the TraderWorkstation (TWS), operates with an open API, there are numerous third-party vendors who create order entry, charting and various other analytical programs which operate in conjunction with the TWS for purposes of executing orders through IB. As these API specifications are made public, we are not necessarily aware of all vendors who create applications to integrate with the TWS but do operate a program referred to as The Marketplace@IB which operates as a self-service community bringing together third party vendors who have products and services to offer with IB customers seeking to fill a specific need.

While MetaTrader is not a participant in The Marketplace@IB, and does not support integration with the TWS, different vendors such as Trade-Commander (, and jTWSdata ( do offer software which they represent acts as a bridge between MetaTrader and the TWS. As is the case with other third-party software applications, IB is not in a position to provide information or recommendations as to the compatibility or operation of such software.

How to reset the TWS to the default settings

Should you need to strip the TWS of any customization you did and revert to the default settings, use the instructions in this video.

Applicable to any TWS version under any operating system.

Create a desktop shortcut for the browser-based TWS for Windows

You don't have to open your web-browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) to use the browser-based Trader Workstation. You could have a desktop shortcut for it, the same way it is for the standalone version. The icon will be in a different color than the one for the standalone, so that you could have both shortcuts.

Follow the instructions in this movie to have the ease of login of the standalone version and the convenience of the browser based platform right on your Desktop.

This movie is destined to users with the Windows operating systems.

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