The E*TRADE Developer Platform provides a sandbox environment where developers can safely experiment with the REST API and perform limited testing of applications, without executing any actual transactions in real markets involving real securities or money.

Here's how it works:

  • No actual transactions are executed.
  • If you submit a request that contains a syntax error, you receive an appropriate error message in response.
  • If you submit a valid request, you receive a sample response from stored data.

Sandbox responses use stored data that's intended to provide typical responses for basic use cases. So the responses you receive will not contain current data, and may not exactly match your requests in other ways. For instance, you might request quotes on GOOG and MSFT, and receive AAPL, ORCL, and CSCO instead.

The sandbox provides a simple way for you to check your syntax, test your deserialization code, see how data appears on your UI, and so on.

Sandbox Samples

Extensive samples of sandbox requests and responses are included in this documentation for reference purposes.

Accessing the Sandbox
Sandbox login

To access the sandbox, you need an OAuth consumer key and secret for the sandbox. OAuth is explained separately under Authorization, and the process of requesting a consumer key is explained in the Getting Started guide.

To "log in" to the sandbox (i.e., to acquire an OAuth access token and secret for the session), use your sandbox consumer key and secret, but otherwise use the same OAuth procedure that you would normally use for actual production data, and the same authorization server.

The access token and secret that you receive in response to this request will only work on the sandbox environment, not in the production environment. So as long as you are using your sandbox credentials, there is no chance of accidentally triggering an actual market transaction, even if you accidentally send your request to a production URL.

Sandbox URLs
Calls to the sandbox use a slightly different syntax than calls to production. The table below shows both. The sandbox syntax is different in two ways - the name of the server is different, and "/sandbox/" is included in the path after the module.
Environment URL
Production https://etws.etrade.com/{module}/rest/{API}
Sandbox https://etwssandbox.etrade.com/{module}/sandbox/rest/{API}
Sample URLs

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