The Bloomberg API (BLPAPI) is a set of freely available software development kits (SDKs) that allow software developers to create applications that consume market data. The BLPAPI interface powers global market data distribution to desktops, workgroups and enterprise applications and is used daily by more than 100,000 Bloomberg customers.

This API is part of Bloomberg’s Open Market Data Initiative, which is focused on creating open standards for market data, covering symbology, programming interfaces, data schemas and, eventually, protocols.

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