How to trade on Bitstamp

Use this guide to connect your Bitstamp account to Cryptowatch. Learn how to connect, find Bitstamp markets, and trade on Bitstamp via Cryptowatch.
If you have accounts on multiple exchanges, you can connect and manage them all on Cryptowatch.
You can connect your exchange accounts by generating API keys on the exchange site, then plugging those keys into Cryptowatch’s Exchange Keys page. See this article for some tips on API key security, if you haven’t already.

Trading on Bitstamp with Cryptowatch

Cryptowatch offers a lot of tools that can enhance your trading on Bitstamp:

Connecting your Bitstamp Account to Cryptowatch

You will need an account at Bitstamp first. Then we'll connect that account to Cryptowatch.
In Cryptowatch, click the profile icon in the top-right corner, then select Exchange Keys from the menu:
Find the Exchange Keys link in your Account menu, in the top-right of any Cryptowatch page.
The Exchange-Keys page is where you can plug in API keys from trading- and portfolio-enabled exchanges into Cryptowatch:
The Exchange Keys page is used to connect your exchange accounts to Cryptowatch.

Click the “Generate key here” link inside the Bitstamp square.

If you are already logged in to Bitstamp, this will open their API Access page in a new window. Otherwise, a new Bitstamp sign-in window will open. Enter your Bitstamp credentials to continue.

Set the API key permissions

Cryptowatch only requires view and trade permissions from your Bitstamp account. We strongly recommend against allowing deposit and withdrawal permissions. Read here for more information on API security.
The IP address filter and token withdrawal address filters are not necessary to include. Only the options under General Permissions and Orders need to be selected, excluding Withdrawal requests :
These permissions are required for the trading and portfolio functions on Cryptowatch.
Once your API Access permissions look like the image above, click the green “Enter 2FA & Submit” button. You will be prompted to enter 2-Step Verification code — enter the 6 digit authenticator code to continue.
Now Bitstamp will direct you to a list of your existing API keys:
Your keys won't look so pixel-y.
We do NOT recommend backing up or storing your secret keys. If you need to reconnect Cryptowatch to an exchange for any reason, generate a new key from your exchange.

Copy and paste your API keys into the Bitstamp API fields on Cryptowatch.

It's important to do this step now — if you activate your API key first, Bitstamp will hide the secret key from you. Double-click the API key (the leftmost string of letters and numbers) to copy it, then paste it into the field labeled API Key on Cryptowatch:
Cryptowatch does not pixelate your keys.
Next, double-click the Secret key on Bitstamp’s API Access page to copy it. Paste the Secret Key into the API Secret field on Cryptowatch:

Activate your API key and click the activation link sent to your email address.

Bitstamp will send a verification link to the email associated with your Bitstamp account. Click the link and once again enter a 2FA authenticator code when prompted.
If you enter your Customer ID before activating the API Key on Bitstamp, Cryptowatch’s connection will fail and read “Unhandled error”.
To resolve this, activate the API Key and re-enter your Customer ID to re-attempt the connection.
Enter your customer ID into the top, final field.
If you know your Bitstamp Customer ID, awesome. Copy/paste or type it into the Customer ID field. If you don’t know your Customer ID, you can find it on the Security > Change Password page:
Bitstamp's navigation menu
This page will display your Customer ID and email. Copy the ID and paste it into Cryptowatch, in the Customer ID field.
Cryptowatch will automatically connect to your Bitstamp account when you paste your Customer ID into the Bitstamp Exchange Key box. Once connected, the Bitstamp box will change color and no longer show the 3 API key input fields:
Success! Now you can place and cancel orders and manage your Bitstamp portfolio on Cryptowatch. If you’re new to Cryptowatch, try following the New User Guide to get acquainted with the interface.
If you received an Invalid Key, Unprivileged Key, Key Not Exclusive, or Unhandled error, visit the How to connect exchange accounts to Cryptowatch article for troubleshooting tips.

Bitstamp Markets

Now you can submit and cancel orders to any Bitstamp market from the Cryptowatch terminal.
One way to get started is to visit the Markets page and filter the list by exchange. Click the Exchanges drop-down list on the left and select Bitstamp. You can use the search bar to find Bitstamp as well.
Now you will only see markets available on Bitstamp. If you want to view markets for a specific asset, use the Asset’s drop-down list to narrow the results down further. Selecting any market here will open that market in the trading terminal.
You can select multiple assets on the Markets page to quickly compare markets

Bitstamp on Cryptowatch

Bitstamp traders can use Cryptowatch’s advanced charts to trade and perform technical analysis as well as track their funds alongside any other exchange accounts on the Portfolio page.
Check out these articles to learn more about trading and analysis on the Charts page:
These articles demonstrate the Portfolio page:
Cryptowatch’s alerts function is a favorite among traders as well. Check out these articles to learn how to set alerts for price, volume, and order fills: