Automated Trading Overview

API Keys : Deribit Futures

A quick guide to explain the steps needed to create and set up API keys for Deribit Futures trading.

Creating a set of API keys

You should create a set of API keys just for Alertatron, as this makes it simple to remove access at a later date without affecting any other services you use that also require API keys.

  1. Sign up to Deribit (Save 10% off trading fee with our link).
  2. Log into your Deribit account and switch to the sub-account you want to trade with.
  3. Choose Settings from the drop down menu (top right of the page) and switch to the API tab.
  4. Click on Add a new key.
  5. Give the keys some permissions. Set account and wallet to read, trade to read_write and _tradeblock to none.
  6. Make a note of the Access Key and Access Secret.

Adding the keys to Alertatron

  1. From the Automated Trading menu, choose Configure Api Keys. (see image below).
  2. Choose Deribit Futures from the exchange list.
  3. Give the keys a name. This name is how you will refer to this set of API keys when you send orders to Alertatron. It should be letters only.
  4. Enter the Access Key into the Key field.
  5. Enter the Access Secret into the Secret field.
  6. Save the changes.
Choose _Configure Api Keys_ from the Alertatron menus.
Choose _Configure Api Keys_ from the Alertatron menus.

Once you have saved your API keys, Alertatron will set up and deploy an instance of the trading bot. It can take a few minutes to deploy and configure your new trading server, but once it is ready it's status will change to Ready for Commands.

Once ready, you can switch to the Logs tab to see a history of commands executed and a detailed log of how those commands handled and processed the commands.

Sending a test

Now your server is ready, it is a good idea to send a test command to it, to make sure everything is working as it should.

Set up an alert that includes the following text in it (it can have other text in the message though). Note that you'll need to change YourAPIKeyName to the name you used in step 2 of 'Adding the keys to Alertatron'.

YourAPIKeyName(BTC-PERPETUAL) { limitOrder(side=buy, amount=100, offset=100); }

When this alert is triggered, your bot will place a limit order on the BTC-PERPETUAL instrument to buy 1 contract. The order will be $100 below the current price. You can simply cancel this order after it is created.

Why not take a look at our getting started guide.

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