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Introduction to Prime APIs

Coinbase Prime APIs include a REST API, the FIX API protocol 4.2, and a Websocket market data feed.

  • The Prime REST API lets institutional traders place orders and get historical order data.

  • The Prime FIX API is the main API for institutional clients to execute high-volume orders.

  • The Prime Websocket Feed provides real-time market data updates for orders and trades.


Coinbase recommends beginning with our REST API architecture if you are not familiar with FIX.

To access the Prime APIs, you need a Coinbase Prime account.


Coinbase Prime APIs allow institutional investors to programmatically manage trading, custody, real-time market data, and account management:

  • Institutions with programmatic trading strategies can execute multiple order types and use Coinbase’s smart order routing technology to ensure the best all-in price across connected liquidity venues.

  • Financial technology firms, brokerages, and others looking to build a crypto offering within their products can integrate with the APIs to manage crypto trading on behalf of their customers.

  • Fund administrators and operations teams can automate critical processes such as settlements, rebalancing, and bookkeeping in a transparent manner.

Key Features

Some features include:

Trading and Order Management - Full market access for programmatic execution and price optimization:

  • Programmatically execute market, limit, and TWAP (Time-Weighted Average Price) orders
  • Get order fills
  • Cancel orders when needed
  • Access Websocket and FIX market data

Account Management - Automate reconciliation, trade and transaction tracking, and more:

  • View resources across your account hierarchy, at the entity, organization, portfolio, and user levels
  • View transactions and positions by portfolio and wallet
  • Provide read-only access to your third-party partners for further streamlining.

Custody - Store your assets with a highly secure crypto custodian:

  • Retrieve wallets, corresponding transactions, and deposit instructions
  • View balances by type and symbol

Custody-only users do not have access to Trading and Order Management APIs and features.

Technical Support

For technical support, see our Help Center. If you do not have a Coinbase Prime account or you’d like to learn more, get started here.

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