Need help connecting Shrimpy to Bitstamp?

Make it easy to diversify and rebalance by connecting your API Keys to Shrimpy.

So you’ve got a Shrimpy account, a Bitstamp account, you know rebalancing could help you, but you don’t understand API keys or how to use them. Keep reading!

What are API Keys anyways?

An API key and API secret are like a username and password. These keys allow Shrimpy to communicate with the exchange in order to perform trades. Basically in order to rebalance and diversify your portfolio we need an API to talk to the exchange.

Before we start…

Shrimpy allows for any number of exchange accounts to be linked to a single Shrimpy account. That means if you want to have 10 Bitstamp accounts linked to Shrimpy, you are more than welcome. If you want to link 3 Bittrex, 1 Binance, 9 KuCoin, 5 Gemini, 7 Kraken, and 31 Poloniex exchange accounts, this is all possible inside a single Shrimpy account.

If you’ve already connected your API Key and would like to jump ahead, read about our research from over 200,000 tests on how portfolios would have performed with different numbers of cryptocurrencies. There’s a short summary at the end with a link to the research as well.

How to get Bitstamp API Key and Secret Key

Note: There are a number of confirmation and set up stages in-between each of these steps. Some of the missing steps include steps for setting up and entering 2FA codes. These were excluded because there were many of these intermediate steps.

Step 1

Log into your Bitstamp account. Once you have logged in, you will see a page that looks similar to the one shown above. You can navigate to your API keys by selecting the menu for "Security" then "API Access". 

Please take note of your Customer ID in the upper right hand corner of the screen here. This is the Customer ID that must be entered into your Shrimpy account when you are linking your BitStamp account. Once you've taken note of this Customer ID, continue on to the next step.

Step 2

Once you have navigated to the API Access page on Bitstamp, select the options for "Account Balance", "Open orders", "Buy limit/market order", "user transactions", "cancel order", and "sell limit/market order". These are all required to use Shrimpy. Then click on “Generate Key”. 

Step 3

You will now see a page which will show your API Key and Secret. These are the keys that you will be inputting into Shrimpy.

Note: You will not be able to see your Secret key again once navigating away from this page. Please copy it to a secure location at this time. 

Step 4

Now that you have completed the process to obtain your API keys. We must select to activate the keys. Now, will head over to Shrimpy where we will input our API keys into the application to start automate our trading strategy.

Step 6

Now that you have the 3 different components for your Bitstamp API Keys (The API Key, Secret Key, and the Customer ID), you can connect your account to Shrimpy. Please note the screenshot above is showing Coinbase Pro, but it's the same process where you will enter these 3 different pieces of information here.

Once you have logged into Shrimpy, select “Bitstamp” as your exchange and paste your “API key”, “Secret Key”, and "Customer ID" into the Shrimpy application. You can find the page to input new exchanges by navigating to “Settings” and then “Exchange”. Once the keys and passphrase have been copied into the correct fields, click the “LINK EXCHANGE” button.

At this time data should populate in your account dashboard. If it does not populate immediately, please allow up to 15 minutes for the data to populate. If it still does not populate after 15 minutes, please contact us at [email protected].

Step 7

Congratulations! You have successfully connected your API keys to Shrimpy.

It’s now time to experience the exciting features that are waiting for you inside the application. Starting with the “Allocations” tab. Clicking this tab, you will quickly see there are a list of assets which are available on the exchange you linked. This is where you should select the assets you would like to have in your portfolio.

These are the assets that will be bought or sold in order to reach your target allocations. The target allocations are the assets and percentages that are specified under “Your Allocations”. Anything that is not in your allocations will be sold in order to buy these assets. Essentially, treat this list of assets that you select as what you want your entire portfolio to become. Shrimpy will do the rest to reach this goal.

Step 8

The “Rebalance Now” button is the way you let Shrimpy know you want to perform trades immediately. Once you hit that button, it will perform all of the necessary trades to reach the target allocations that were specified on the “Allocations” tab. If your portfolio has already been created and is close to your target allocations, it will simply realign your allocations to match your target allocations.

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