How to configure Java Virtual Machine memory Parameters in TWS

Overview: 

General notes on the Java virtual machine and memory parameters

Trader Workstation is a Java-based application. Programs which are compiled using Java execute within a Java virtual machine (JVM) process which manages the interactions between the program, and the operating system and hardware. The Java virtual machine dynamically manages the memory usage for the program running in it. There are many technical aspects to how the memory is managed, but there are two primary spaces or blocks of memory which are of concern for running the TWS: the heap space, and the permanent generation (permgen) space.

The heap is the area in memory where all class instances and arrays are allocated. The heap is created when the JVM is started, and space is periodically reclaimed by the garbage collector (GC), the Java Virtual Machine's automatic storage management system. There is also non-heap space, known as the permanent generation space, utilized by the Java Virtual Machine to hold code which typically has a longer life in memory, or a specific usage. If either of these spaces are not sized correctly, errors can occur when the process runs out of memory in these spaces. If this occurs, the program will appear to be frozen or may crash completely, and the log files in the program directory for TWS (in C:\Jts, by default on Windows OS) will likely include one of the following errors:

  • java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
  • java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space

When launching a Java program, it is possible to pass certain parameters to the Java virtual machine to adjust how much memory the process will use to run the program. The Xmx flag controls the maximum amount of memory to be used for the heap space, and the XX:MaxPermSize flag controls the maximum amount of memory to be used for the permanent generation space.

As we have released newer versions of TWS which contain more features, the memory required for the Java virtual machine to effectively run TWS has increased.

  • For users running TWS with a 32 bit version of Java, the MINIMUM memory for the heap size is 256 MB, and for the permanent generation space is 128 MB.
  • For users running TWS with a 64 bit version of Java, the MINIMUM memory for the heap size is 384 MB, and for the permanent generation space is 192 MB.


The above are the bare minimums necessary to run the program for most customers. Usage of many of the features in TWS will require higher memory allotments.

Some users may have old shortcuts or use custom scripts to launch TWS. It is crucial that these are updated accordingly to use at least the minimum memory parameters mentioned above. Some users who have extensive portfolios or execute large amount of orders may need to adjust the parameters to improve performance. The heap size can be increased if there is an OutOfMemoryError pertaining to the heap space.  Note, in our experience the memory should typically not need to be increased above 1024M in the heap and 256M in the permgen.

If at any time following adjusting the memory parameters, you receive an error that the system could not create the Java Virtual Machine, this indicates the memory increase was too aggressive, and you need to scale back the parameters.
 

**Please note the following:  Starting with Java 8, the XX:MaxPermSize parameter has been deprecated. When running TWS with Java 8, the XX:MaxPermSize parameter will be ignored at runtime if present; this parameter could be simply omitted from the start-up script.

Browser-based TWS (Java WebStart version)
IB uses a script on our website to dynamically serve a JNLP file with different memory parameters based on the URL request from the browser. When launching TWS from our website, you can add the Xmx and Xmps parameters to the URL to configure the heap size and and permanent generation space size, respectively for the Java virtual machine process which will run TWS. For example:

http://www.interactivebrokers.com/java/classes/latest.Xmx-768M.Xmps-128M...

will result in a JNLP file with the max heap size set to 768 mb and the max permanent generation space size set to 128MB.

If you encountered a resource allocation message when launching a previously saved copy of the JNLP file, and were directed to this webpage, please download a new version of the JNLP file from here.  The file you are using is likely out-of-date, and does not contain the correct resource allocation parameters for your operating system.

Standalone TWS on Windows
To adjust the memory parameters used when launching TWS from the desktop or start menu shortcut:

  •   Right-click the shortcut and select Properties
  •   On the shortcut dialog window, find the Xmx and XX:MaxPermSize flags in the target field
  •   Adjust the values following the flags to the desired size

Standalone TWS on Mac
To adjust the memory parameters used when launching TWS using the Trader_Workstation_X.app icon:

  •     Hold Control and click (or right-click if you have a two-button mouse) on the application icon
  •     Choose "Show package contents" from the menu
  •     Open Contents > MacOS
  •     Open the JavaAppLauncher shell script file
  •     Find the Xmx and XX:MaxPermSize flags, and adjust the values following the flags to the desired size

Standalone TWS on UNIX (or Mac) via terminal command
When executing the command to start TWS from the terminal, adjust the values following the Xmx and XX:MaxPermSize flags to the desired size. For example, if you would normally launch using:

java -cp jts.jar:total.2013.jar -Xmx512M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M jclient.LoginFrame

but need to increase due to errors or freezing due to running out of memory, you can instead run:

java -cp jts.jar:total.2013.jar -Xmx768M -XX:MaxPermSize=256M jclient.LoginFrame

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Cloud Watchlists

Overview: 

This article explains how to setup Cloud Watchlists.

Background: 

It is now possible to synchronize the watchlists on your mobile devices with the watchlists of Trader Workstation on your computer. You will no longer need to worry about adding same tickers over and over again. The Cloud Watchlists feature is available in Trader Workstation build 936 and higher. Once the Cloud Watchlists have been enabled, they can be then imported in mobileTWS using the "Import" option from the Configuration menu.

Enable the Cloud Watchlists in Trader Workstation

  1. Login into the Trader Workstation
  2. Click on Edit in top menu, then on Global Configuration (or File -> Global Configuration if TWS is in the Mosaic layout)
  3. In the left column of the configuration window, click on Lock and Exit
  4. In the right pane, mark the checkbox "Save watchlists to cloud" (as shown in the screenshot below)
    Enable Cloud Watchlists in the TWS
  5. Click Apply, then OK to close the configuration window

Enable Cloud Watchlists on a mobile device

 

iPhone

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, please go to the Configuration menu and select Watchlist Import and select the device/computer to import from
  5. In the Configuration meny, enable the option "Save Cloud Watchlists"

iPad

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, tap on "Setup" in top left corner and enable "Save cloud watchlists"
  5. Back in the main screen, in top left section, tap on the Import button and select the device/computer from which to import the Cloud Watchlist

Android mobile or tablet

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be shown the Watchlist Import wizard
  3. Select the device/computer from which to import the watchlist
  4. To see the imported watchlists, navigate to Quotes and Charts from the main menu and select an imported watchlist from the dropdown

Please note that it is not possible to sync watchlists from mobileTWS to your desktop TWS.

 

 

 

 

Mac OS X TWS Manual Installation Instructions

Overview: 

This type of installation will require you to launch the Trader Workstation through a Terminal window by using the string shown below in step 7. If you are not familiar with the use of Terminal, please use the automated installation package found here

Manual Jar File Installation

1. To install to the latest TWS Mac OS production release on your computer, hold down the Control Key, and with your mouse click on the button below:

2. From the menu, click "Download Link to Disk."
3. Once the file has downloaded to your desktop, move the file to your Home directory (this is a folder listed on your hard drive within the Users folder).
4. Access the command line terminal from the Applications menu. First select Utilities and then select Terminal.
5. At the command line, create a directory called IBJts and load TWS files by typing:

jar xf unixmacosx.jar

Press Return.

6. Change the directory to IBJts by typing:

cd IBJts

Press Return.

7. To run TWS, type or paste in the Terminal window the following: (** Please note that there is a space then ".", after LoginFrame **)

java -cp jts.jar:total.2013.jar -Xmx512M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M jclient.LoginFrame .

 Press Return.

Compatibility between MetaTrader and Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

IB provides to its account holders a variety of proprietary trading platforms at no cost and therefore does not actively promote or offer the platforms or add-on software of other vendors. Nonetheless, as IB's principal trading platform, the TraderWorkstation (TWS), operates with an open API, there are numerous third-party vendors who create order entry, charting and various other analytical programs which operate in conjunction with the TWS for purposes of executing orders through IB. As these API specifications are made public, we are not necessarily aware of all vendors who create applications to integrate with the TWS but do operate a program referred to as the Investors Marketplace which operates as a self-service community bringing together third party vendors who have products and services to offer with IB customers seeking to fill a specific need.

While MetaQuotes Software is not a participant of IB's Investors Marketplace, on a collaboration with oneZero Financial System they offer the oneZero Hub Gateway to connect MetaTrader 5 with TWS. Clients interested would need to contact oneZero directly for additional assistance. Please refer to the Contact section from the following URL.

Note: Besides oneZero Hub Gateway, different vendors such as Trade-Commander and jTWSdata also offer a software which they represent, acts as a bridge between MetaTrader 4/5 and the TWS. As is the case with other third-party software applications, IB is not in a position to provide information or recommendations as to the compatibility or operation of such software.

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