Welcome to the how-to section of our documentation! Here, you’ll find some examples of how to do specific tasks using the Alpaca API in supported programming languages.
Before running these examples, it is recommended that you set the following environment variables to the corresponding values found on your dashboard. Please be aware of whether you’re using the values for your paper trading account or for your live trading account.
APCA_API_BASE_URL APCA_API_KEY_ID APCA_API_SECRET_KEY
On Linux, this can be done with
export ENV_VAR_NAME=DASHBOARD_VALUE. (You’ll probably want to add them to
~/.bash_profile so they stay set when the machine restarts.) On Windows, you can instead
setx ENV_VAR_NAME "DASHBOARD_VALUE". After running these commands, you’ll want to open a new command
prompt window so the variables are available.