CME Globex Development Requirements and Assistance

To support customer and channel partner testing and development for new and existing CME Globex functionality, CME Group provides two test environments: Certification and New Release. Customers can develop and certify to CME Globex, iLink, MDP 3.0, streamlined FIX/FAST, Drop Copy and more via the testing environments and AutoCert+.

  • The Certification environment matches production, and is used for testing existing products and functionality
  • The New Release environment is used for testing new products and functionality prior to production launch
  • AutoCert+, the automated CME Globex certification tool, ensures all trading applications conform to CME Globex specifications and adhere to CME Group requirements

Development Requirements

Every program we certify to interact with CME Globex must be designed and developed to:

  • Properly receive and display all critical information about the market, particularly if a specific product or the entire market is halted during regular market hours
  • Handle connectivity to CME Globex and manage trading sessions in the protocols provided. This includes:
    • Proper logon, message sequencing and weekly resets
    • The graceful handling of disconnects and reconnects
    • Not adversely impact themselves or other customers
    • Ensure that they do not adversely impact the CME Globex electronic markets at large
    • Support features and functionality critical to CME Group markets
    • Accommodate new products and new initiatives developed by CME Group
    • Quickly and easily adapt to any configuration changes without the need to make software changes such as changes in trading hours, matching algorithms or market depth

Development Assistance

You can develop and certify trading and market data applications for CME Globex. To assist and support your efforts, we provide two CME Globex testing environments:

  • Certification supports testing current products, messaging and functionality
  • New Release supports new product, messaging and functionality prior to production launch


  • Automated CME Globex certification tool
  • Ensures that all trading applications conform to CME Globex specifications and adhere to CME Group requirements
  • To view video overview of AutoCert+ Client System Certification click here


The Certification Support for Electronic Trading team (CSET) handles inquiries, issues and support requests from customers testing or certifying to the CME Globex and CME ClearPort services, including:

  • Interface development, testing and certification support for CME ClearPort and Cleared trades services
  • CME Globex AutoCert+ certification tool
  • CME Direct
  • Network connectivity for the test environments
  • Market operations
  • Functional, regression and market data performance testing for client applications
  • End-to-end testing
  • Partner Exchange testing and certification

CSET is available from 3:00 p.m. CT Sundays through 4:00 p.m. CT Fridays, in the U.S. at +1 312 930 2322, in Europe at +44 20 3379 3803 or in Asia at +65 6593 5593

Partner Exchange testing and certification is also available.

Test Environments Availability

Certification and New Release are available from 12:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. CT. Daily maintenance windows occur from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CT.


Contact Us

Global Account Management
U.S.: +1 312 634 8700
Europe: +44 20 3379 3754
Asia: +65 6593 5505

Global Command Center
U.S.: +1 800 438 8616
Europe: +44 20 7623 4747
Asia: +65 6532 5010
GCC Website

Certification Support for Electronic Trading (CSET)
U.S.: +1 312 930 2322
Europe: +44 20 3379 3803
Asia: +65 6593 5593

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