The latest (and in good fashion) to arrive to Cryptolume’s arsenal of cryptocurrency tool is BitMEX. We’ve made a BitMEX analysis/trading tool that is now live to subscribers on the Cryptolume Platform. One might ask, why would we need a tool on top of BitMEX for our trading, the answer is to get information out of the market faster. With Cryptolume, you can now view BitMEX Open Interest Historical Data.

BitMEX Open Interest Trading & Analysis Tool

What is it?

Cryptolume provides advanced data metrics for many cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, Huobi etc. However, we’ve never provided any metrics for futures trading. We thought we’d start of with this by using Bitmex as a trial. It’s now live and you can access it on the Cryptolume platform.

With our Exchange Explorer tool, which taps into the API of cryptocurrency exchanges and collects price/volume and other information to provide faster analytics to users such as shorter timeframes, and the changes within them. Take a look at the below example, of the Bitmex trading tool in Cryptolume:

bitmex open interest

Firstly, we support all the standard futures pairs on Bitmex, however you can only choose one at a time due to the complex data metrics.

With Cryptolume you can:

  • See changes in 5, 15, 30 minute, 4 and 24 hour candles for Price, Volume, Open Interest.
  • See last 100 changes in Price,Vol, Open History changes instantly.
  • See current Price, Open Interest and Volume in a graph.
  • See active shorts and longs and their size easily and fluidly.

This is complete analytics of where shorts, longs are on Bitmex, together with the current metrics and changes for short timeframes.

Below shows an example of the open interest graphs we available:

bitmex volume changes

With this data, which we maintain history for, you can easily analyse all Bitmex contracts, including XBTUSD for Open Interest, Price and Volume.

For the smaller contracts, we also provide information on Order Book statistics such as bids, and ask size. See below for contract XRPZ18:

asking price and sizes for bitmex

What is “Open Interest” ?

The number of contracts or commitments outstanding in futures and options trading on an official exchange at any one time. Two measurements describe the liquidity and activity of contracts In the options and futures markets:

  • Volume refers to the quantity of contracts traded in a given period
  • Open interest denotes the number of active contracts.

Open interest indicates the number of options or futures contracts that are held by traders and investors in active positions. These positions have not been closed out, expired or exercised. Open interest decreases when holders and writers of options (or buyers and sellers of futures) close out their positions. To close out positions, they must take offsetting positions or exercise their options.

Open interest increases once again when investors and traders open new long positions or writers/sellers take on new short positions. Open interest also increases when new options or futures contracts are created.

Source: Investopedia

Which contracts do you provide historical data for on BitMEX?

We provide historical data for Open Interest on all contracts for BitMEX and update consistently with whatever new ones become available. This means we definitely provide historical open interest data for XBTUSD, ETHUSD, XRPUSD, LTCUSD, BCHUSD as well as any non-perpetual contacts throughout their lifecycle.

Do you provide BitMEX Open Interest data in CSV format?

We can provide this with a once-off fee, however, as a subscriber, you can access this data whenever on our Platform graphs. If you do require .csv format though. please contact us.

What’s next?

Cryptolume also provides cryptocurrency alerts for movements on technical indicators for our other exchanges that aren’t future based. Something similar will be implemented for Bitmex as well, however for now we’re gathering data and feedback to see what metrics would be the best to alert on and would be of interest to people. We’ll keep researching!


By seeing faster metrics, all on one page, and by seeing open interest – something that isn’t normally available you can gain more valuable insights into your futures trading at Bitmex through our cryptocurrency tool. If you have any questions, or you would like to reach out please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Comments (8)

  1. Sushanta Author November 5, 2018

    Is the Open Interest Data available on Bitmex API

    • Meruem Author November 5, 2018

      Hi Sushanta,

      It is available however it doesn’t contain the historical information only the current open interest. We have been collecting the data from Bitmex so we do have the historical information in Cryptolume.

  2. Sushanta Author February 5, 2019

    Which api gives the current open interest?

    • Meruem Author March 13, 2019

      The BitMEX official API will do this.

  3. trader zeus Author January 29, 2020

    good work, but its better if we can see at limited time before make an subsription

    • Meruem Author April 5, 2020

      Hi Zeus,

      We have a 48 hour money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the product we’ll send your money back. Our system has been abused before by giving trial accounts and we’d like to avoid that from now.

  4. Matthew Author July 21, 2020

    Hi are you still tracking open interest, and if so is historical data available to download for members? Also, do you track liquidations? Thank you!

    • Meruem Author July 21, 2020

      Yes we are still tracking it, since 2018 Oct.

      It’s available through the application only, we’ve extracted .csv reports for members before however, this is at special request with a fee.


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