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What can I do through automation?


Place orders
Initiate a NinjaTrader ATM Strategy
Change orders
Cancel orders
Close ATM Strategies and positions
Flatten accounts
Cancel all orders
Retrieve information on positions and orders


NinjaTrader provides three options for communicating from an external application to NinjaTrader for trade automation. The Email Interface requires absolutely no programming experience whatsoever, other options require various levels of programming/scripting experience.


tog_minusUnderstanding the three interface options

TradeStation Email Interface

The TradeStation Email Interface allows you to take advantage of TradeStation's email notification capabilities right out of the box. Run your TradeStation strategy in real time, order signals are emailed within your computer (never leaves your PC) to NinjaTrader which processes the order through to your broker.


File Interface

The File interface uses standard text files as input. These files are called order instruction files (OIF) and have specific format requirements. NinjaTrader processes the OIF the instant the file is written to the hard drive and subsequently deletes the file once the processing operation is complete.


DLL Interface

NinjaTrader provides a DLL named NtDirect.dll that supports various functions for automated trading.

tog_minusWhich interface option should I use?

TradeStation Systems

If you are not running your own strategies or you have limited or no programming experience you should use the TradeStation Email Interface
If you are running your own system and you are comfortable with EasyLanguage and want to have bi-directional control of your real-time order processing you should use the pre-configured TradeStation NinjaTrader functions that use the DLL interface.


eSignal Systems

You should use the pre-configured eSignal NinjaTrader functions that use the DLL interface


Other Charting Applications

You should use the DLL if your charting application supports that interface type or use the File Interface


Custom Applications

You should use the DLL interface