CME Globex offers a range of connectivity options and trading applications. The following steps will guide you through the connection process for the CME Globex platform.
To access CME Globex, customers must have:
We encourage individual traders to connect to CME Globex through their futures broker. Brokers can provide both the required clearing firm guarantee and trading infrastructure.
If you need to find a broker, please view Find a Broker.
If you are planning on:
Please contact Global Account Management at +1 312 634 8700 in the U.S., +44 20 3379 3754 in Europe and +65 6593 5505 in Asia.
Network connectivity fees are charged for connecting to the CME Globex platform for trading. These fees are detailed in Schedule 1 to the CME Connection Agreement.
To compare the options side-by-side:
You can establish an indirect connection to CME Globex through:
To connect directly to CME Globex, customers must complete the CME Customer Connection Agreement and relevant schedules.
Data Centers that provide connectivity for customers must complete a Data Center Agreement.
Since not all products are cleared by CME Group, you will need to contact your clearing firm to access the Hosted Exchanges or exchanges that are available via an order routing agreement (e.g., BM&F BOVESPA).
An iLink Session ID is a logical connection to CME Globex for order entry and is based on the FIX 4.X protocol. iLink Session ID usage guidelines can be found at www.cmegroup.com/ilink.
Please review the iLink Technical Specifications.
All new applications must complete certification to iLink via the AutoCert+ tool.
To complete certification, your application must demonstrate the ability to produce an audit trail, with all required fields, in the format specified by CME Group.
Questions concerning the certification process of your audit trail can be directed to email@example.com.
All applications must also provide adequate credit controls in accordance with the CME Globex Interface Credit Control Certification Requirements, found in Appendix 1 of the Schedule 6 to the CME Customer Connection Agreement at www.cmegroup.com/connectionagreement.
Market Data Platform (MDP) 3.0, a low latency and direct data access solution designed to improve customers’ ability to process and act on real-time price information.
Please review the Market Data Technical Specifications.
All new applications must complete certification to MDP 3.0 on the Market Data Platform via the AutoCert+ tool.
Development and certification support is available by contacting the Certification Support Electronic Trading team (CSET) in the U.S. at +1 312 930 2322, in Europe at +44 20 3379 3803, in Asia at +65 6593 5593, or firstname.lastname@example.org. CSET is available 3:00 p.m. Sunday through 4:00 p.m. Friday Central Time.
CME Group has two customer testing environments: New Release and Certification. The New Release environment is used to introduce new products and functionality prior to their production launch. The Certification environment is intended to mirror production for testing and is used by firms to test their software against the current production release.
Your CME Global Account Manager can give you access to both test environments once you have completed and signed Schedule A and Schedule B to the Interface Development Agreement, available at www.cmegroup.com/connectionagreement.
iLink session IDs for the Certification and New Release environments are issued only after we have received Schedule A to the Interface Development Agreement. Your CME Global Account Manager will set up your firm’s profile, listing the name of your application, type of application, version and all individuals who will be testing.
Note: You must have access to both test environments in order to use the AutoCert+ certification tool. The following connectivity options are available for access to the Certification and New Release environments:
The CERT VPN and Cert Data Center* are provided free of charge. All other costs can be found on the Interface Developers Agreement Schedule A at www.cmegroup.com/connnectionagreement.
Please Note: There is a one-time cross connect fee of $500 for Cert Data Center access at CME Aurora. Customers are responsible for any additional fees assessed by other data center providers the customer will access from Cert Data Center.
To view video overview of AutoCert+ Client System Certification click here.
We offer risk management tools, designed to protect CME Globex customers and clearing firms.
To connect directly to CME Globex, customers must complete the following:
Data Centers must also complete the following:
Global Account Management (GAM)
U.S.: +1 312 634 8700
Europe: +44 20 3379 3754
Asia: +65 6593 5505
Certification Support for Electronic Trading (CSET)
U.S.: +1 312 930 2322
Europe: +44 20 3379 3803
Asia: +65 6593 5593