Set Up

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Set Up

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The first step in creating a custom indicator is to use the custom indicator wizard. The wizard will generate the required NinjaScript code that will serve as the foundation for your custom indicator.


1. Within the NinjaTrader Control Center, select the New menu, then select the NinjaScript Editor menu item.

2. Right mouse click the "Indicators" folder in the NinjaScript Explorer section, then select the New Indicator menu item to open the New Indicator Wizard.


Defining Indicator Properties and Name
First you will define your indicator's name and several indicator properties. Begin by clicking the Next > button on the first page of the wizard to view the page shown below.




3. Enter the information as shown above

4. Click the Next > button


Setting Default Properties

The next page will allow you to set defaults for basic properties related to your indicator, including it's Calculate and Overlay settings. Click the More Properties button to expose additional properties. For this tutorial, we will not change any basic properties' defaults, and instead will leave them all set to the values shown below and move forward by clicking the Next > button.:





Adding Additional Data

The next page will allow you to configure one or more additional Bars objects for use by the indicator. For our purposes, we will leave this page blank and move forward by clicking the Next > button.





Adding Event Methods

The next page will allow you to pre-populate certain event methods into the NinjaScript code generated by the wizard. For our purposes, we will leave all of the checkboxes corresponding to different event methods unchecked, and will move on by clicking the Next > button.




Defining Input Parameters

The next page will allow us to configure user input parameters for the indicator. For our custom indicator, our eventual goal will be to create a simple plot that follows either above or below the bars based upon the Close price of a specified bar compared to the preceding bar. To allow for the variable selection of a number of bars ago, we will create one input parameter and call it "BarsAgo." This variable will then be used in place of a number when specifying which bar's Close price to use for the indicator's condition.




1. Clicking the add button on the "Input Parameters" page brings up the Input Parameters dialogue

2. The Input Parameters dialogue can be used to define user inputs


We specify a default value of 0, which will refer to "zero bars ago," or the current bar. We also specify a minimum value of 0 to ensure that we cannot enter a negative number for BarsAgo.


Defining Plots and lines

The next page will allow us to define plots and static lines for the indicator. For this indicator, we will define a single plot, called "MyPlot."




1. Clicking the add button on the "Plots and Lines" page brings up the Plots and Lines dialogue

2. The Plots and Lines dialogue can be used to define the plot


After this, click the Finish button, and the Indicator Wizard will generate a basic code structure implementing the parameters that you have set. You are now ready to move on to entering calculation logic in your code.