Automated Trading Overview

API Keys : FTX Derivatives

A quick guide to explain the steps needed to create and set up API keys for FTX Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange 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 FTX (Get 10% off your fees if you sign up with that link)
  2. Log into your FTX 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 scroll down to the API Keys panel.
  4. Click on Create API Key for xxxx, where xxxx will be your sub-account name.
  5. Make a note of the API Key and API Secret.

Note: You can also create a set of API keys in your main account, which can access your main account and all your sub-accounts. Leave sub-account blank below to use your main account.

Adding the keys to Alertatron

  1. Go to your Trading Bot group and click on the trading bot integrations icon to open it's settings (see image below).
  2. Choose FTX Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange 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 API Key into the Key field.
  5. Enter the API Secret into the Secret field.
  6. Enter the name of the sub-account you'll be using (optional).
  7. Save the changes.
Switch to your Trading Bot group and click on the integration icon to add keys.
Switch to your Trading Bot group and click on the integration icon to add keys.

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. You'll also see a button in this tab to restart the server. This will shut down your bot, upgrade it to the latest version and start it up again.

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-PERP) { limitOrder(side=buy, amount=0.01, offset=100); }

When this alert is triggered, your bot will place a limit order on the BTC-PERP market to buy 0.01 btc. 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 now.

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