IB Releases Installed Application Version of TWS 4.0

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Dustin, Mar 26, 2001.

  1. Dustin


    Got this email today...big improvement!

    March 26, 2001

    Dear IB Customer,

    IB now offers its customers two great ways to trade
    using the Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation 4.0.

    In addition to the browser-based version of TWS 4.0,
    IB has released "TWS 4.0-Installed Version", for IB
    customers who prefer to run the TWS directly as a
    Windows application. TWS 4.0-Installed Version does
    not require a browser to run but instead is
    downloaded and installed as an application on the
    user's PC. When the user wishes to trade, the user
    simply launches TWS 4.0-Installed Version from their

    IB customers are free to run either or both versions
    of TWS 4.0. Note, however, that if you alternately
    run the browser-based TWS and TWS 4.0-Installed
    Version, each version of the software will store
    separate trading pages (in other words, screens you
    set up on the browser-based version will not be
    displayed if you run the Installed Version, and

    Among the advantages of the browser-based version
    are that users can access their accounts from any PC
    with an Internet connection, and that no TWS software
    must be downloaded or updated in order to trade.

    On the other hand, TWS 4.0-Installed Version is
    attractive for users who have difficulty running
    software through their Internet browsers, or simply
    prefer to access the TWS faster and more directly
    by launching it from their desktops. TWS
    4.0-Installed Version also takes less memory to
    run, since the user's Internet browser need not be
    activated to trade. Note, however, that if you use
    TWS 4.0-Installed Version, you must periodically
    download updated versions of the software in order
    to take advantage of new features.

    Note also that users who upgrade directly from TWS 3.0
    to TWS 4.0-Installed Version may use the Installed
    Version's page converter function to transfer their
    existing TWS 3.0 trading screens for use with TWS 4.0.

    To download TWS 4.0-Installed Version,

    If you have any questions or need further
    information, please use IB's Live Chat or email the
    IB Customer Service Department at

    Interactive Brokers Customer Service
  2. IB has had this application version for some time now. But what is interesting about your post is the link you mention also has the upgrade release of 3/20/01.

  3. WarEagle

    WarEagle Moderator


    Have you tried it out? I downloaded the program and when I ran it I got the regular login box. When I entered the info I briefly saw the dialog box "Login in Progress" and then it disappeared and began to flash repeatedly every 5 or 6 seconds, as if it was repeatedly trying to login. I was never able to get the program working. Have you or anyone else had this problem? I have tried logging in to both a stock and a futures account, but no luck.


  4. def

    def Interactive Brokers

    you were probably trying to login a bit after midnight East Coast time. The servers reset each night at this time. The process, depending on who/what gets restarted takes about an hour. Thus if you try later you should be ok.
  5. tntneo

    tntneo Moderator

    Well, great improvement ?
    It's the same version. OK, (a bit) faster to activate.

    However, and I do not think it was mentioned, the most important advantage is the firewall/proxy support [and server selection!].

    For those wondering, you still can run multiple JTWS at the same time on the same machine. Maybe I am the only one using this, but it's quite cool for me.
  6. WarEagle

    WarEagle Moderator


    Thanks, that must have been the problem because all is working fine now. I like this much better because I don't have to keep a browser open. It may not make a big difference, but it just seems more stable.