1. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Introduction
  2. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Software Installation
  3. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: NinjaTrader Control Center
  4. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Charts and Settings
  5. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Trading
  6. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Advanced Features
  7. Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: Conclusion

The NinjaTrader platform can be downloaded directly from the NinjaTrader web site (www.ninjatrader.com) or through one of NinjaTrader's partner web sites. Installation only takes a few minutes with a high-speed internet connection.

Note: While pre-installed on most PCs, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 must be installed in order to successfully run NinjaTrader. Directions for downloading and installing the Microsoft service pack can be found on www.ninjatrader.com. This installation must be completed prior to downloading NinjaTrader.

From the NinjaTrader web site, click on the Platform button on the upper right side of the page. Next, click the "Free to Use Download Now" button to begin installation. Current users can enter a license key, but are advised to first read the NinjaTrader Upgrade Guide if upgrading from an earlier version of NinjaTrader 7, or the Migration Guide if upgrading from version 6.5. Links to both of these guides are shown during the download process. (For more, see NinjaTrader Installation Guide.)

Figure 1: Downloading NinjaTrader

New users must complete several fields under "New Users Register Here" before clicking on:Review the minimum PC requirements (which include directions for downloading the Microsoft service pack), and select the desired NinjaTrader version. The first download link will be for the most current version of NinjaTrader (see Figure 1). An installation wizard will appear, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: The NinjaTrader Installation Wizard

Follow the step-by-step directions to complete the installation. New users will be prompted to enter a license key during the installation process. This number will be sent to the email address provided during the registration process. The license key is a long, alphanumeric code that NinjaTrader uses to activate a user's account. Enter the license key when prompted (copy and paste is recommended), and continue to follow the installation directions until the "Installation Complete" window appears. To open NinjaTrader, double-click the NinjaTrader icon that now appears on the computer's desktop:

Beginner's Guide To NinjaTrader: NinjaTrader Control Center

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