Nasdaq Testing Facilities


The Nasdaq Testing Facilities provide the ability for firms to test their automated systems that integrate with Nasdaq services. This service supplies firms with multiple venues to test upcoming Nasdaq releases and product enhancements. In addition, firms may use the Nasdaq Testing Facility to test their new software development prior to implementation.

The Nasdaq Test Facilities are available in two locations: Ashburn, VA, which includes services related to Post Trade, and Carteret, NJ, which includes services related to our Equities, Fixed Income, Futures and Options markets.

How the Testing Facility Works

The Nasdaq Testing Facility in Carteret, NJ supports Market Data and Order Entry for:

  • Equities (NASDAQ, BX, PSX)
  • Options (PHLX, NOM, BX) – LIVE 10/26/15
  • eSpeed
  • NFX

The Nasdaq Testing Facility in Ashburn, VA supports:

Trade Reporting

  • ACT
  • ACES
  • MFQS
  • UTP
  • FINRA TRAQS Web Application
  • Options (PHLX, NOM, BX) – thru 1/29/16

Market Data

Please refer to our IP address details for source/multicast IP addresses required to receive each NTF Market Data Feed.


There are multiple ways to connect in to our NASDAQ Test Facilities in Carteret and Ashburn, as detailed below.


  • Cross-connect within our Carteret data center to either a colocated cabinet, or a customer direct connect router.
  • Extranet
  • Site-to-site VPN though the Internet (limited to order routing only, no market data).



  • Customer Direct Connect telco circuit
  • VPN access through the internet or an extranet provider
  • Dial-up (via a v.90/ISDN modem or AS 5300 connection and test service delivery platform located at Nasdaq Data Center, CTCI Only)

    Testing Facility Availability

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., ET.
    • Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., ET.
    • Scheduled appointments are available on weekends.

    Who can Participate

    All firms that connect, or are setting up a connection, to Nasdaq via:

    For Equities/Options:

    • OUCH
    • SQF
    • FIX
    • FIX Lite (FLITE)
    • DROP
    • QIX
    • ITCH


    • CTCI
    • FIX
    • QIX
    • FINRA TRAQS web application

    For eSpeed:

    • FIX
    • ITCH
    • Legacy API and Legacy Multicast 

    What is the Pricing?

    The pricing is listed on the Pricing Page.

    How to Subscribe

    Get set up to test

    Technical Support

    Contact Information

    Saturday Testing Policy