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Trading settings

Select which pairs to trade, and configure the strategy to use. Each trading pair can have it's own individual settings. Settings can be changed at any time, as soon as you save changes it will be reflected in trading behavior.

Active pairs#

Active pairs are pairs that are currently configured with a trading strategy.

When trading is started, all enabled pairs in the list of active pairs will get processed.

Pair settings#

The strategy settings for an individual pair from the active pairs list, shows all active strategy settings for that pair. You can use this dialog to change settings while the bot is still trading using the currently saved settings.

To start using new or changed settings, apply and save them. You can also prepare changes to many active pairs, once applied and saved these new settings will be used to trade.

Pair actions#

When you disable a pair it will no longer be traded until it gets enabled again. The pair stays on the list of active pairs, settings are kept.

To remove a pair means that it is no longer traded and it's settings are removed.

Adding new trading pairs#

Trading with Gunbot works by selecting one or more trading pairs, and assigning strategy settings to these pairs. The bot then 'cycles' through these pairs perpetually, fetching new market data and processing the 'trading rules' the strategy sets.

Most supported exchanges allow selecting pairs from an overview with market data, some exchanges require manual pair name entry.

Markets overview#

The markets overview helps you select interesting pairs to trade. Pairs are categorized by the 'base' coin they are traded with, for example USDT, EUR or BTC.

You can use and compare preview charts to quickly check detailed market data before deciding to trade a pair.

Manual entry#

For some exchanges the markets overview is not available to select pairs from. On such exchanges you can enter the pair name directly.

Pair naming conventions#

Gunbot uses a standardized format for entering trading pairs, this allows you to use the same syntax for all exchanges you might use.

Where possible it uses this notation: BASECOIN-QUOTECOIN

All pairs with BTC as base currency are written like: BTC-ETH, BTC-ATOM, BTC-ETH

All pairs with USDT as base currency are written like: USDT-BTC, USDT-ETH, USDT-XMR


The base coin in Gunbot is the one used to buy another asset. Be aware that some exchange display pair names in the exact reverse order.

Pair naming for futures exchanges#

The long and short sides on Bybit are split into separate pairs in Gunbot. Use USDT-BTC-LONG for the long side of your strategy and USDT-BTC-SHORT for the short side of your strategy. Each side pair can only open positions in that direction.

Pairs on Bitmex use almost the same symbols as on Bitmex itself, but with a hyphen-minus between the two asset names. Example: XBT-USD

Pairs on Kraken Futures follow the following conventions:

  • Perpetual contracts: XBT-USD, ETH-USD, LTC-USD, etc.
  • Monthly futures: XBT-MONTH, ETH-MONTH, LTC-MONTH, etc
  • Quarterly futures: XBT-QUART, ETH-QUART, LTC-QUART, etc

Other supported futures exchanges do not require manual pair name entry. Gunbot will list them in their correct format.

Strategy settings#

The strategy editor is where you can configure strategy settings for new pairs, adjust settings for running pairs, copy settings and everything else related to strategy management.

Because many strategies work differently on spot or futures markets, the editor will only show relevant strategy options for the pair you are adding or editing.

Creating a strategy#

When you select a new trading pair, a dialog opens where you can configure the strategy settings to trade with.

Any settings change is saved for the selected pair only. If you want to use the same settings (or parts of it) on multiple pairs, you can copy the settings to/from other pairs. To re-use settings in the future, you can also save pair strategy settings as a preset.

Built-in strategies#

Some strategies have their own set of settings, and require the buy and sell method to be identical.

These 'built-in' strategies are listed in the strategies dropdown, for example stepgrid or spotgridadvanced. You can configure them individually, although not all inner workings are disclosed. Such strategies do not share the common settings parameters with other kinds of strategies in Gunbot.


The 'builder' strategy lets you configure a strategy using a common set of settings parameters, each documented in detail.

The chosen buy and sell method can be different, for example buy with bb and sell with tssl.


If you like one of your customized strategies, you can save it as a preset for easy future use. A preset shows in the list of available strategies, next to the built-in strategies.

There is no limit to the number of presets that can be saved. Presets can be removed when no longer in use by an active trading pair.

Copy actions#

Bulk changes are possible by copying settings from or to other pairs.

Copy from / to#

Copies the complete pair settings: the assigned strategy plus all customized parameters.

Copy individual parameter#

Copies the value of an individual parameter to one or more pairs.