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Retrieve MarketPrice from FixServer using QuickFix

, 5 Aug 2012 CPOL
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Retrieve MarketPrice from FixServer using QuickFix (FIX)

This is in continuation to the previous post on QuickFix which explains how to connect to FIX Server and send order to Fix Server.

I don’t have any environment to test now. I just want to give an idea about how can we get market price from FIX server if broker/exchange is sending market price in FIX messages.

I am assuming session has been setup with Fix Server. You can go thorough the previous post to understand the steps to setup the session.


Once session has setup, Fix Initiator application needs to send MarketDataRequest message to FIX server.

Response can be different messages:

  • MarketDataRequestReject

    This is reject response of MarketDataRequest message.

  • Market Data – Incremental Refresh (MarketDataIncrementalRefresh)

    This message contain incremental update of market price. It’s real time message for MarketDataRequest.

  • Market Data – Snapshot / Full Refresh (MarketDataSnapshotFullRefresh)

    This message will be one per MarketDataRequest message. It contains snapshot of market prices.

Fix Initiator

Source Code

var marketDataRequest = new MarketDataRequest();
            marketDataRequest.set(new QuickFix.MDReqID(Utility.GetNewUniqueId()));
            marketDataRequest.set(new QuickFix.SubscriptionRequestType('1'));
            //if market depth require
            marketDataRequest.set(new QuickFix.MarketDepth(1));
            marketDataRequest.set(new QuickFix.MDUpdateType(1));
            marketDataRequest.set(new QuickFix.AggregatedBook(true));
            var noMDEntryTypes = new MarketDataRequest.NoMDEntryTypes();
            var mdEntryType_bid = new QuickFix.MDEntryType('0');
            var mdEntryType_offer = new QuickFix.MDEntryType('1');
            var relatedSymbol = new MarketDataRequest.NoRelatedSym();
            relatedSymbol.set(new QuickFix.Symbol(instrument));
//Send message
Session.sendToTarget(marketDataRequest, _admin.TradeSessionId);

MarketDataRequest Message Fields

  • NoRelatedSym: This is a list of instruments for which you want to receive market prices.
  • MarketDepth: If you want market depth in price, then set it to 1.
  • MDEntryType: Type of Market Data prices like Bid, Offer, Trade Price, Open price, etc.

You can read more about each field here:

Capture MarketData Response

Once Marketdatarequest message is sent to FixServer, fix initiator expects marketdata response in:

  • MarketDataIncrementalRefresh
  • MarketDataSnapshotFullRefresh
  • MarketDataRequestReject


You can read more about this message:

Source Code

public override void onMessage(MarketDataIncrementalRefresh message, SessionID session)
                MDReqID mdreqid = new MDReqID();
                NoMDEntries nomdentries = new NoMDEntries();
                QuickFix42.MarketDataIncrementalRefresh.NoMDEntries group
                    = new QuickFix42.MarketDataIncrementalRefresh.NoMDEntries();
                MDUpdateAction mdupdateaction = new MDUpdateAction();
                DeleteReason deletereason = new DeleteReason();
                MDEntryType mdentrytype = new MDEntryType();
                MDEntryID mdentryid = new MDEntryID();
                Symbol symbol = new Symbol();
                MDEntryOriginator mdentryoriginator = new MDEntryOriginator();
                MDEntryPx mdentrypx = new MDEntryPx();
                Currency currency = new Currency();
                MDEntrySize mdentrysize = new MDEntrySize();
                ExpireDate expiredate = new ExpireDate();
                ExpireTime expiretime = new ExpireTime();
                NumberOfOrders numberoforders = new NumberOfOrders();
                MDEntryPositionNo mdentrypositionno = new MDEntryPositionNo();


                message.getGroup(1, group);

                int list = nomdentries.getValue();

                for (uint i = 0; i < list; i++)
                    message.getGroup(i + 1, group);
                    if (mdupdateaction.getValue() == '2')
                    if (mdupdateaction.getValue() == '0')
                    if (mdupdateaction.getValue() == '0')

                Console.WriteLine("Got Symbol {0} Price {1}", 
            symbol.getValue(), mdentrypx.getValue());
            catch (Exception ex)


This message will be one per MarketDataRequest message. It contains snapshot of market prices.

Source Code

public override void onMessage(MarketDataSnapshotFullRefresh message, SessionID session)

            string Symbol = message.get(new Symbol()).getValue();

            NoMDEntries noMDEntries = new NoMDEntries();
            var group =
              new QuickFix42.MarketDataSnapshotFullRefresh.NoMDEntries();
            MDEntryType MDEntryType = new MDEntryType();
            MDEntryPx MDEntryPx = new MDEntryPx();
            MDEntrySize MDEntrySize = new MDEntrySize();

            message.getGroup(1, group);

            message.getGroup(2, group);

            Console.WriteLine("Symbol {0} Price {1}", Symbol, MDEntryPx);

Market Data Request Reject

It is used when the broker cannot honor the Market Data Request, due to business or technical reasons.


  • MDReqRejReason: Reject reason code
  • Text: Reject reason text

I hope this post gives an overview of how to capture Market Price from FIX server.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Neeraj Kaushik1980
Architect Saxo India Pvt Ltd
India India
• Solution Architect /Sr. Lead Developer with 11+ years of professional experience with more emphasize on .net technology and open for any emerging technologies.
• Strong experience in drafting solutions, stakeholder communications and risk management.
• Proved strong coding and designing skills with agile approach (TDD, XP framework).
• Delivered many projects with involvement from inception to delivery phase.
• Strong experience in high performance, multithreaded, low latency applications.
• Have strong experience in web oriented technologies.
• Playing vital role in technical foundation of projects and delivery.
• Ability to communicate with the business and technical stake holders effectively.
• Strong experience in technologies for Capital Market Domain: Front Office & BackOffice (Algorithm Trading tools, messaging framework, Enterprise bus, integration of FIX APIs and many proprietary trading APIs).
• Functional knowledge of Wealth Management System, Equities, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Forex.
• Practical knowledge of building and practicing agile delivery methodologies (SCRUM & TDD).

Technical Expertise: Solution Architectures, Low Latency applications, Algo/ Properietary Trading Systems, Messaging Framework, Integration via FIX protocol APIs (QuickFix, QuickFix/N), ActiveMQ, MSMQ, C#, WinForms, ASP.NET MVC, Jquery, WCF, Sql Server 2008, TFS, TDD

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