Indicators in NinjaTrader 8: Step-by-Step Installation Guide | 4xdev

Follow our step-by-step guide to install indicators on NinjaTrader, including minimum system requirements| 4xdev

26 August 2020


NinjaTrader® comes with a lot of amazing features, including great charts that platform users can easily customize. The trading platform is suitable for both Forex and futures trading, especially if you’re looking for a trading platform with efficient technical analytic tools.

* NinjaTrader® is one of the most popular platforms in the trading community.

Individuals with funded NinjaTrader accounts can have free access to the platform’s charting and market analytic tools.

The platform comes with convenient strategy or indicators automation functionality — partial and complete automation.

You can design your trading strategy or indicator if you’re an experienced programmer. Alternatively, you can get a NinjaScript programmer here to assist you to develop one.

Step by step indicator installation tips on NinjaTrader

This guide assumes that you have already installed the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 on your PC. If you haven’t, please, install it using the above link.

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How do I download Ninjatrader 8 and open a demo account for free?

Please, follow these steps to download NinjaTrader 8 and open a demo account for free:

Step 1: Go to the NinjaTrader website.

Step 2: Type your email address in the corresponding field and click download.

NinjaTrader download page

Step 3: Click on the ‘Yes’ button in an appeared popup window, asking if you want ‘FREE live market data’.

Step 4: Fill out your personal information in the expanded popup window that opens.

Live free market Data subscription window

Step 5: Click ‘Submit’ to move to a new page.

Step 6: Select ‘NinjaTrader 8’ on the dropdown menu.

Step 7: Click ‘DOWNLOAD’.

What are the minimum PC requirements for running NinjaTrader?

Before installation, check to ensure that your PC meets the following Specifications:

Operating system: Windows 8 OS, Windows 10 OS, Windows Server 2012 OS, and newer models of Windows.

Your PC processor must have at least one gigahertz (GHz) or speedier 32-bit or 64-bit.

  • 2 GigaByte RAM.

  • Pre-Installed Microsoft .NET Framework.

  • Screen resolution at least 1024 x 768.

  • Graphic card supported by DirectX10.

While the above are the minimum PC requirements, if you want to get better performance, go for the following recommendations:

  • 2 (GigaHertz) or 64-bit processor quad core which comes with faster performance.

  • 8 GigaByte RAM.

  • Graphic card compatible with DirectX 10.

  • SSD Hard Drive.

How do I install NinjaTrader on my PC?

Follow these steps to install NinjaTrader 8 after Download:

Step 1: Decide the folder where you want to save the file you downloaded.

Step 2: As soon as the download is over, navigate to the file location on your PC and click on the file ‘NinjaTrader. Install’ to launch the installation process.

Step 3: Follow the prompts and click ‘Next’ once it opens. Review and give your consent to the terms of the agreement by checking the box.

Step 4: Click on the installation folder and choose the default location.

Step 5: Click ‘Install’ to initiate the installation process.

Step 6: Click on the ‘Finish’ tab after the installation process.

Step 7: Launch the application by clicking twice on the NinjaTrader icon either on your application menu bar or on the desktop.

To ensure excellent performance, make use of NinjaTrader (64-bit).

NinjaTrader 8 Icon

How do I install an indicator into a NinjaTrader chart?

NinjaTrader 8 comes integrated with many indicators that you can add to your chart.

To install an indicator into a NinjaTrader chart, do the following:

Step 1: Right Click on the chart to reveal the popup menu in the screenshot below and click on ‘indicators’.

Indicator’s pop-up menu on the chart

Step 2: Click on the indicator you want to load in the ‘Available’ window of the indicator menu.

NinjaTrader Indicator Menu

Step 3: Move your cursor to the ‘Configured’ button and click on the add option. When you do this, the indicator you selected will show up in the ‘Configured’ panel.

Step 4: Customize the properties as needed in the ‘Properties’ window.

Step 5: Click ‘Apply’ to transfer the indicator into your chart.

How do I import indicators into Ninjatrader?

NinjaTrader equally features a lot of free indicators you can use. Besides the inbuilt list of indicators, the NinjaTrader community presents a large collection of custom indicators you can download free.

If you want to develop your own Forex indicator or EA, ask us for help — 4xdev forex tools developers. Our expertise is custom Forex indicators and EAs.

Follow the steps below to import indicators into NinjaTrader:

Step 1: Download your chosen indicator from any of the available resources.

Step 2: Click on ‘Tools’ in the ‘Control Centre’ panel.

Step 3: Click ‘Import’ and then on the ‘NinjaScript Add-On…’ from the dropdown menu that appears as shown in the screenshot below:

NinjaTrader Control Center

Step 4: Locate and choose the indicator you want to import into NinjaTrader 8. When you do this, it’ll reveal a warning box.

Step 5: Click ‘OK’ on the ‘Warning’ menu to move on. When you finish installing the indicator, you’ll see an ‘Import’ tab to notify you that you have succeeded in importing the indicator.

Step 6: Click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 7: Integrate the indicator into any chart following the provided steps in the section: Adding indicators to NinjaTrader charts: Step By step Tips.


There you have it. Step by step tips you can follow to install Indicator or strategy in NinjaTrader 8. Hope you’ll have fun with the guide. Do give us a shout in the comment section if you require any further help. We’ll be glad to help.

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