Projects

Collaboration

Introduction

Project collaboration is a real-time coding experience with other members of your team. Collaborating can speed up your development time. By working with other members in an organization, members within the organization can specialize in different parts of the project.

Video Demo

When there are multiple people working on the same project, the cursor of each member is visible in the IDE and all file changes occur in real-time for everyone. The following video demonstrates the collaboration feature:

Add Team Members

You need to own the project to add team members to it.

Follow these steps to add team members to a project:

  1. Open the project.
  2. In the left navigation menu, click the QuantConnect icon.
  3. In the Collaborate section of the Project panel, click Add Collaborator.
  4. Click the Select User... field and then click a member from the drop-down menu.
  5. If you want to give the member live control of the project, select the Live Control check box.
  6. Click Add User.
  7. The member you add receives an email with a link to the project.

If the project has a shared library, the collaborator can access the project, but not the library. To grant them access to the library, add them as a collaborator to the library project.

Collaborator Quotas

The number of members you can add to a project depends on your organization's tier. The following table shows the number of collaborators each tier can have per project:

TierCollaborators per Project
FreeUnsupported
Quant ResearcherUnsupported
Team10
Trading FirmUnlimited
InstitutionUnlimited

Toggle Live Control

You need to have added a member to the project to toggle their live control of the project.

Follow these steps to enable and disable live control for a team member:

  1. Open the project.
  2. In the left navigation menu, click the QuantConnect icon.
  3. In the Collaborate section of the Project panel, click the profile image of the team member.
  4. Click the Live Control check box.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Remove Team Members

Follow these steps to remove a team member from a project you own:

  1. Open the project.
  2. In the left navigation menu, click the QuantConnect icon.
  3. In the Collaborate section of the Project panel, click the profile image of the team member.
  4. Click Remove User.

To remove yourself as a collaborator from a project you don't own, delete the project.

Intellectual Property

All individuals on QuantConnect own their intellectual property (IP) on our platform. Your code is private and only accessible by people you share the project with and with support-engineers when you submit a support ticket. At no point does QuantConnect ever claim ownership of user IP. The only case where algorithm code becomes public domain is when they are shared to the forum. In this case, algorithms need to be made public domain to allow the sharing of the algorithm code.

It is common when companies hire engineers to write software, they require their employees to sign an agreement that gives the company IP ownership of any code written for work. They need this because they're paying you to write software, and the company needs to sell that software to turn a profit. Similarly, the Organizations feature allows you to control who holds IP ownership over a project. Each type of organization has its own mechanisms for handling project IP ownership.

Individual Organizations

The Free and the Quant Researcher tiers only allow single-member organizations. This means you can't collaborate with anyone else inside the QuantConnect platform. Simply put, you own the IP for any projects you work on since you are the sole collaborator.

Team Organizations

For organizations that allow multiple users to collaborate on projects, the user who created the project owns it; this can be you or one of your teammates. If you add a teammate/collaborate, they can clone it, but the original project belongs to the person who first created it.

Trading Firm & Institution Organizations

For Trading Firm and Institution organizations, which are generally used by companies and funds, the firm owns all employee projects. This is made to suit firms that wish to hire consultants and need to ensure the code remains with the company when the consultant work is finished. You have to explicitly create a project in an organization for it to be created on the organization's account.

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