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How to trade on Coinbase Pro

Use this guide to connect your Coinbase Pro account to Cryptowatch. Learn how to connect, find markets, and trade on Coinbase Pro 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.

Cryptowatch is a one-in-all platform for traders. You can trade directly on the charts, customize powerful indicators and overlays, and manage your multi-exchange portfolio. Our alerts system lets you set SMS or email alerts for price and volume directly on the charts.

Connect your Coinbase Pro Account to Cryptowatch

You will need an account at Coinbase Pro first. Then we'll connect that account to Cryptowatch.

In Cryptowatch, click the My Account button 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 Coinbase Pro square.

If you are logged in to Coinbase Pro already, this will take you directly to the exchange’s API page. Otherwise, you will first be prompted to log in. Log in with your Coinbase Pro credentials to continue.

To find the API page from Coinbase Pro, click your profile name in the top-right of the Coinbase Pro interface and select API

Next, on Coinbase Pro, click the +New API Key button to generate a new key:

Here it is, brightened up for you.

A window will open where you can choose which of your Coinbase Portfolios to connect (if you have more than one), choose a nickname for the new key, and add permissions. Only the View and Trade permissions are required to connect to Cryptowatch — do not grant withdrawal permissions.

IP Whitelisting is not yet supported for Coinbase Pro. If enabled, you will receive the error message: unhandled error.

Before you click the blue Create API Key button, copy the Passphrase.

Your passphrase won't be pixelated. Paste it into the Key Passphrase field on the Cryptowatch Exchange Keys page (the third, or bottom-most field):

One down, two to go.

Once you’ve done that, go ahead and click the blue CREATE API KEY button. You will be prompted to enter a 2-Step Verification code — enter the 7 digit code sent by text and click the ADD AN API KEY button:

Again, yours won't look so pixel-y

Next you will receive your API secret key — click the box containing the key to copy it to your clipboard:

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.

Paste the secret key into the “API Secret” field one Exchange Keys page on Cryptowatch (the middle field):

That's two out of three now.

Nearly finished — back on Coinbase Pro, you can click the DONE button below your API Secret Key to close the window. This will you return to the Coinbase Pro API Settings page, only now we can see the API key we created.

This is the last part — click on the string of letters and numbers to copy it to your clipboard:

Finally, paste the API Key into the API Key field back on the Cryptowatch Exchange Keys page (the first, or top-most field).

When you do, Cryptowatch will automatically finish connecting to your Coinbase Pro account. Once connected, the Coinbase Pro box will change color and no longer show the 3 API key input fields:

Done, done & done.

Now you can place and cancel orders and manage your Coinbase Pro 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, or Key Not Exclusive, or Unhandled error, visit the How to connect exchange accounts to Cryptowatch page for troubleshooting tips.

Coinbase Pro on Cryptowatch

Coinbase Pro 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. For a quick overview of these features, scroll down to the Trade on Coinbase Pro and Coinbase Pro Portfolio sections.

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:

Coinbase Pro Markets

Now that your Coinbase Pro account is connected to Cryptowatch, you can trade on any Coinbase Pro market from the Cryptowatch terminal.

One way to get started is to visit the Markets page and filter the list by clicking the Exchanges drop-down list on the left and selecting Coinbase Pro. You can use the search bar in that drop-down to find Coinbase Pro right away:

Now you will only see markets available on Coinbase Pro. 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 in the list will open that market in the trading terminal.

You can filter for multiple assets on the Markets page to quickly compare markets.

Trading on Coinbase Pro

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

After selecting a market from the filtered Markets list you will be taken to the Charts page. This is the trading terminal where you can perform analysis and submit trades:

This is the Delek theme, found in the settings menu in the top-right.

On the right side of the page is the trading form. This is where you’ll enter the details of your trade, like direction, order type, price and volume. The trading form varies based on the options available on the current exchange. If you don't see the form, it is most likely hidden. Click the vertical bar on the right hand side of your screen to expand it.




Choose whether you are buying or selling


Drop-down menu for selecting an order type


Shows your available funds for performing whichever action is selected (Buy or Sell)


Enter the total quantity or volume of your order here


This option is available for Limit, Take Profit and Stop Loss orders. Input the price you want the order to trigger at


This is the total value of your trade order, a product of quantity and price

For an in-depth guide on submitting trades, check out the How to trade on Cryptowatch page.

On the price chart in the image above you can see a Fibonacci speed fan indicating possible support levers for this trend, a 24 hour time cycle below the candles, and a green measurement box showing the three-day growth of this asset.

In the price chart image above there are a few indicators on display. From top to bottom:

  • Volume

  • MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence)

  • RSI (Relative Strength Index)

  • CHOP (Choppiness Index)

Volume and MACD are present by default.

Here's a closer look at those indicators

You can use any combination of indicators, drawing tools and overlays to help you analyze and predict trends.

For an in-depth guide on submitting trades, check out the How to Trade page.

Coinbase Pro Portfolio

Go to the Portfolio page to see how your orders, positions and crypto holdings are performing across all connected exchanges. You can sort your portfolio by exchange if you want to isolate your Coinbase Pro activity, or by asset to see how your holdings are doing.

For a closer look at the Portfolio page and the tools within, check out these articles: