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Comparing Bloomberg Connections

Datafeed Toolbox™ uses these different Bloomberg® services to connect to Bloomberg. To learn about the connection functions and the data access functionality of each service, see this table.

You need a valid Bloomberg license to work with each Bloomberg service.

Bloomberg Service

Bloomberg Desktop

Bloomberg Server

Bloomberg B-PIPE®

Bloomberg Data License

Connection function

blp

blpsrv

bpipe

bdl

Data access

Applications obtain data from the Bloomberg Data Center by connecting locally to the Bloomberg Communications Server

Applications obtain data from the Bloomberg Data Center using a dedicated process that optimizes network resources

Provides entitled users access to permission data from the Bloomberg Data Center through the Bloomberg Appliance

Provides access to Bloomberg data using custom request files

Each connection function has a different syntax for creating a Bloomberg connection. The connection objects created by running these functions have different properties. For details, see the respective function reference page.

For details about these services, see the Bloomberg API Developer’s Guide using the WAPI <GO> option from the Bloomberg terminal.

For details about Bloomberg Data License, see the relevant guides by entering DLSD and clicking <GO> in the Bloomberg terminal.

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