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⚠️ This software is very outdated and is not recommended for use in new setups ⚠️

We will keep this project up and with the documentation for the parts that remain for those users who are still using this, but we suggest migrating to another tool until we perform a major refactoring of this project to bring it up to speed. If this is something you'd like to see please reach out to us to let us know!

The docs below still talk about zipline and Quantopian however Quantopian has since gone out of business and the below hasn't yet been updated to reflect this.

If you're looking for another modern alternative to zipline, we recommend checking out zipline-reloaded in the meantime while we review committing to a major refactor of this project.

Zipline Pipeline Extension for Live Trading

pipeline-live is an extension for zipline pipeline independently usable for live trading, outside of zipline. While zipline is a great backtesting library, the default Pipeline API requires complicated setup for data bundle, which is often challenging to average users. Quantopian's proprietary data sources such as Morningstar is also not available to many. This library is to address this issue by using online API data sources and simplify the interface for live trading usage. The interface complies the original zipline/pipeline for the most part. For more details about the Pipeline API, please see Quantopian's tutorial and zipline document.

If you are looking to use this library for your Quantopian algorithm, check out the migration document.

Data Sources

This library predominantly relies on the Alpaca Data API for daily price data. IEX Cloud data is also supported, though if too much data is requested, it stops being free. (See the note in the IEX section below.)


pipeline-live is a PyPI module and you can install it using pip command.

$ pip install pipeline-live

This module is tested and expected to work with python 3.6 and later


Here is a simple pipeline example. Please make sure to first set your API keys to these environment variables:

using python

import os
os.environ["APCA_API_KEY_ID"] = <ALPACA_API_KEY>
# if you use the paper endpoint:
os.environ["APCA_API_BASE_URL"] = ""

(or do it with bash if you prefer)

from pipeline_live.engine import LivePipelineEngine
from import list_symbols
from import USEquityPricing
from import AverageDollarVolume
from zipline.pipeline import Pipeline

eng = LivePipelineEngine(list_symbols)
top5 = AverageDollarVolume(window_length=20).top(5)
pipe = Pipeline({
    'close': USEquityPricing.close.latest,
}, screen=top5)

df = eng.run_pipeline(pipe)

AAPL   215.49
AMZN  1902.90
FB     172.90
QQQ    180.80
SPY    285.79

Data Cache

Since most of the data does not change during the day, the data access layer caches the dataset on disk. In case you need to purge the cache, the cache data is located in $ZIPLINE_ROOT/data/daily_cache.

Pipeline API


This class provides the similar interface to zipline.pipeline.engine.SimplePipelineEngine. The main difference is its run_pipeline does not require the start and end dates as parameters, and returns a DataFrame with the data for the current date (US/Eastern time). Its constructor accepts list_symbol function that is supposed to return the full set of symbols as a string list, which is used as the maximum universe inside the engine.

Alpaca Data API

The Alpaca Data API is currently the least-limited source of pricing data supported by pipeline-live. In order to use the Alpaca Data API, you'll need to register for an Alpaca account here and generate API key information with the dashboard. Once you have your keys generated, you need to store them in the following environment variables:


This class provides the basic price information retrieved from Alpaca Data API.

Where Did the Polygon integration go?

Alpaca used to offer an integration with polygon, however with the removal of that integration from the Alpaca api we removed the polygon integration here as well.

IEX Data Source API

To use IEX-source data, you need to sign up for an IEX Cloud account and save your IEX token as an environment variable called IEX_TOKEN.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IEX data is now limited for free accounts. In order to avoid using more messages than you are allotted each month, please be sure that you are not using IEX-sourced factors too frequently or on too many securities. For more information about how many messages each method will cost, please refer to this part of the IEX Cloud documentation.

This class provides the basic price information retrieved from IEX Chart API.

This provides the DataSet interface using IEX Company API.

This provides the DataSet interface using IEX Key Stats API.

It is important to note that the original builtin factors from zipline does not work here as is, since some of them rely on zipline's USEquityPricing class. This package provides the same set of zipline's builtin factor classes using class. For the complete list of builtin factors, please refer zipline document

A shortcut for IEXCompany.sector.latest

A shortcut for IEXCompany.industry.latest