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How to trade on FTX

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

Cryptowatch offers a variety of tools that can enhance your trading on FTX:

Connecting your FTX 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.

Cryptowatch connects to your exchange accounts using the public and private keys generated by the exchange. API keys generally come in pairs — one public key, and one private (like a crypto wallet). As you will see soon, these keys can be set up to allow or disallow different actions.

Open your FTX account to generate new API keys.

You can open FTX in another window and sign in, or click the Generate key here button in the FTX square on Cryptowatch's Exchange keys page. Enter your FTX account credentials on the login screen to create a new API key.

Alternatively, you can reach the API page on FTX by clicking Settings in the top-right of the page, then scrolling down to the API Keys section.

Click Create API Key. FTX will open a small pop-up with both the API key and the secret key:

Copy the FTX API Keys into Cryptowatch

Click the Copy button to the right of the first key, labeled API Key. Switch back to your Cryptowatch tab and paste it into the middle field in the FTX square. If you don’t use or want to connect an FTX subaccount, you can leave the field blank. Otherwise, enter the name of the sub account you wish to connect to Cryptowatch in the first field.

Switch back to your FTX tab and click the Copy button next to the key labeled API Secret. Return to Cryptowatch’s exchange keys page and paste it in the field labeled API Secret. Cryptowatch will now automatically connect to your FTX account. A successful connection produces a green box:

Set the API key permissions

Now your FTX account is connected to Cryptowatch, but first — return to your FTX tab and check the Permissions button next to your new key.

The default permission should say “Trading”, which will allow you to open and cancel orders on Cryptowatch, as well as track your FTX account from the Portfolio page.

Make sure the extra permissions are all switched off. Enabling “Read-only” will prevent you from trading on Cryptowatch. You cannot withdraw funds or perform transfers between accounts on Cryptowatch, so make sure those options are de-selected as well. IP whitelisting is currently not supported.

FTX Markets

Now you can use Cryptowatch to trade on FTX markets!

‌A good way to get started is to visit the Markets page, then filter the list by exchange. Click the Exchanges drop-down list on the left and select FTX. Alternatively, type “FTX” in the search bar to narrow the exchange list down.

This will filter the list to show FTX markets only. If you want to view markets for a specific asset, use the Asset’s drop-down list to filter the results even further. Clicking any market here will open that market in the trading terminal.

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

FTX on Cryptowatch

FTX 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: