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NinjaTrader 8 Connection Instructions
NinjaTrader 8 Connection Instructions
Updated over a week ago

Follow these steps to connect to your Topstep NinjaTrader Trading Combine!

You will use your personal NinjaTrader account credentials to login to the NinjaTrader platform. The username and password provided in your 'Topstep Account Credentials' email will be used to complete your Rithmic connection within NinjaTrader, and to connect to R-Trader Pro. (Screenshot examples are included below)

NinjaTrader 8 Connection Steps

Before getting started...

  • The login credentials that Topstep provides in your 'Topstep Account Credentials' email are for Rithmic (R|TraderPro) only and will not work for logging into NinjaTrader.

  • The NinjaTrader connection process begins with successfully installing and connecting to R|Trader Pro. You must download this version of R|Trader Pro and follow these instructions to connect to your Trading Combine successfully.

  • You must always log in correctly to R|Trader Pro before logging in to NinjaTrader, or you will be unable to trade on NinjaTrader.

  • When trading in NinjaTrader, you will ALWAYS monitor your NET P&L in R|Trader rather than NinjaTrader. This is because R|Trader automatically calculates commissions and fees, while NinjaTrader does not display your Net P&L accurately in real-time. Topstep Trade Reports are calculated using the data from R|Trader.

  • During installation, you may receive a pop-up to install .Net Framework. Please allow access to this installation for your platform to install properly. .Net Framework installations should be available in your Windows Updates or by conducting a web search for the specific .Net Framework the platform is requesting to be installed. If your computer is up to date, your platform should install without this pop-up message.

  • Trades placed in SIM101 will NOT be sent to us. To avoid losing progress, be sure to trade under the Topstep account name found in your Dashboard -- not the SIM101 account. Even though they are associated companies, you will not be able to connect to NinjaTrader and Tradovate at the same time.

Connect to R|Trader Pro

  1. Download RTrader Pro from the following link: R|Trader Pro (Version 17.1.0.0 or above)

  2. Launch RTrader and enter the credentials found in your email with the subject line 'Topstep Account Credentials' or 'Account Credentials and Billing Information'. Your personal NinjaTrader account username and password will not be entered on the R|TraderPro Login screen. Your R|Trader Pro User ID is all lowercase, and the Password is six characters, all uppercase beginning with 'TST___'.

  3. Select TopstepTrader as the System & Chicago Area as the Gateway as shown in the two screenshots below. You must do this twice, on both the top and bottom menu options. Both System and Gateway Fields must show 'TopstepTrader' & 'Chicago Area' for your connection to be successful.

  • Make sure Orders is [ON] (if not, click to switch it on)

  • Make sure Market Data is [ON] (if not, click to switch it on)

  • Click Allow Plug-ins so it's switched to [ON]

  • If these 3 settings are not correct, your platform connection will fail. Be sure to double-check that your market data, allow plug-ins, and orders are all switched to ON.

4. Take a moment to make sure your login screen matches the screenshot below 👇 Remember, you must use the credentials provided to you in your 'Topstep Account Credentials' email for this login screen. All lowercase for the User ID, and your Password will start with "TST_ _ _"

5. Check the following to confirm your setup is correct:

  • ✅Rithmic User ID & Password are entered correctly twice

  • ✅System set to TopstepTrader twice

  • ✅Gateway set to ChicagoArea twice

  • ✅Market Data is [ON]

  • ✅Allow Plugins is [ON]

    Once you've confirmed your setup is correct, close down any open NinjaTrader sessions you have before clicking 'Login'. R|Trader Pro must be set up correctly BEFORE NinjaTrader is open, so make sure to start R|Trader first and have it running for NinjaTrader to be able to connect.

*If you receive a 'Login Failed. Please contact Administrator' error message, this could mean that your User ID or Password is incorrect. Search "Topstep Account Credentials" in your email to locate the correct credentials for this step. If you confirm that the credentials are correct yet still receive this error message, please check here: Why can't I log in?


After connecting to R|Trader Pro, continue here if you do not have a NinjaTrader Account.

  • If you already have a personal NinjaTrader account, please skip to this section. If you don't have a personal NinjaTrader account, then complete the following steps:

1) Visit NinjaTrader's registration page and create a personal NinjaTrader Account.

Type your email address manually, and DO NOT sign up using the Google or Apple path since it may cause your account setup to fail.

2) After verifying your NinjaTrader Account via email, create your personal username and password. **If you receive an error message saying the username is already registered, you must select a new username different from your Tradovate username.

3) Click 'Additional options' and then 'Import License Key.'

Enter Topstep's NinjaTrader License Key, which is free to use in the Trading Combine, and click 'Import': @TST-COMB-INE1-RITH-MICF-REE2-LIVE-SIM3

After importing the license key, it should return you to the previous page; if it does not, you can click back.

4) Click 'Additional Options' and then 'Download Desktop Platform' and download the most recent release.


​After NinjaTrader is installed, open the platform and log in to your NinjaTrader Account.

  • Go to Tools>Options as shown above.

  • Under General>Preferences check 'Multi-provider' and click 'Apply' then 'OK."

Now close and restart your NinjaTrader platform for this change to take effect.

Next, add the Topstep Rithmic connection:

  • Click 'Connections' (above screenshot)

  • Click 'Configure'

  • Click 'Rithmic for NinjaTrader Brokerage'

  • Click 'Add'

Make sure to fill in the fields on the right-hand side with the following information:

  • Connection Name -- change to 'Topstep'

  • Check 'Connect on Start-Up'

  • The Username and Password you'll use here are the same ones you used to log in to R|Trader Pro

  • System: TopstepTrader

  • Plug-in mode for market data

  • Click Apply

  • Click OK

  • Close Account Connection Set Up window


    ​Reload NinjaTrader to begin trading! 🥳

  1. Make sure you're successfully connected to R|Trader Pro

  2. If you selected "Connect on Start Up" you should be able to connect automatically. If not, you can go to the NinjaTrader Control Center, click Connections and click Topstep®

  3. You should now see a green circle on the bottom left of your NinjaTrader Control Panel and another one next to Topstep when clicking on Connections.

  4. If you selected "Connect on Start Up" you should be able to connect automatically. If not, you can go to the NinjaTrader Control Center, click Connections and click Topstep®

  5. You should now see a green circle on the bottom left of your NinjaTrader Control Panel and another one next to Topstep when clicking on Connections.

If you are seeing a yellow circle on your NinjaTrader Control panel rather than a green one, please log out of both R|Trader Pro and NinjaTrader and confirm you have the 'Allow Plugins' set to [ON] on the R|Trader Pro login page. Once you've confirmed you have 'Allow Plugins' switched to [ON] in R|Trader Pro, you can proceed with logging back into R|Trader Pro first and then NinjaTrader to complete your connection.




After connecting to R|Trader Pro, continue here if you DO have a personal NinjaTrader Account

1) Go to NinjaTrader’s login page and log in with your personal NinjaTrader account credentials.

2) Once you’re in your NinjaTrader Account Dashboard, click the user icon in the top right corner and select “Settings”:

3) Under the “Plans” tab, select “Import a license key”:

Note about personal license keys

  • If you have a personal paid license key that you’ve already imported into your account, please make sure it is enabled for Rithmic. If you’re not sure if your license key is enabled for Rithmic, you can confirm with NinjaTrader Support at support@ninjatrader.com

  • If you have a personal paid license key that you haven’t imported into your account, you can enter it at this step.

You can also use Topstep's NinjaTrader License Key, which is free to use in the Trading Combine, and click 'Import': @TST-COMB-INE1-RITH-MICF-REE2-LIVE-SIM3

Now it's time to make sure you've installed NinjaTrader's desktop app (and if you already have it, that you're using the latest version). Until this point, the setup has been on the NinjaTrader website, but from this point on, all of your trading will be done on the NinjaTrader desktop app.

1) On the bottom of the left sidebar of your NinjaTrader.com profile, click “Download” in the “Download our award-winning desktop platform for free” popup

2) If you do not have NinjaTrader downloaded to your device, click “Download”:

3) If you do have NinjaTrader downloaded to your device, check the latest release version number below the “Download” button

4) Open and log in to your NinjaTrader Desktop. From the Control Center in NinjaTrader Desktop, select "Help" > "About..." and locate the Version number similar to the example below



After NinjaTrader is installed, open the platform and log in to your NinjaTrader Account.

  • You must enable Multi-Provider so you can add your Topstep Connection.

  • Go to Tools>Options.

  • Under General>Preferences check 'Multi-provider' and click 'Apply' then 'OK."

  • You will need to close and restart your NinjaTrader platform for this change to take effect.

Next, add the Topstep Rithmic connection

  • Click 'Connections' (above screenshot)

  • Click 'Configure'

  • Click 'Rithmic for NinjaTrader Brokerage'

  • Click 'Add'

Make sure to fill in the fields on the right-hand side with the following information:

  • Connection Name -- change to 'Topstep'

  • Check 'Connect on Start-Up'

  • The Username and Password you'll use here are the same ones you used to log into RTrader Pro

  • System: TopstepTrader

  • Plug-in mode for market data

  • Click Apply

  • Click OK

  • Close Account Connection Set Up window

Reload NinjaTrader to begin trading!🥳

  1. Make sure you're successfully connected to R|Trader Pro

  2. If you selected "Connect on Start Up" you should be able to connect automatically at start up. If not, you can go to the NinjaTrader Control Center, click Connections and click Topstep®.

  3. You should now see a green circle on the bottom left of your NinjaTrader Control Panel and another one next to Topstep when clicking on Connections.

  4. If you are seeing a yellow circle on your NinjaTrader Control panel rather than a green one, please log out of both R|Trader Pro and NinjaTrader and confirm you have the 'Allow Plugins' set to [ON] on the R|Trader Pro login page. Once you've confirmed you have 'Allow Plugins' switched to [ON] in R|Trader Pro, you can proceed with logging back into R|Trader Pro first and then NinjaTrader to complete your connection.


More NinjaTrader Resources

How to: batch roll contracts in NinjaTrader 8

NinjaTrader allows batch rollover of the contract expiry of all instruments across all instrument lists and windows on all open workspaces. To perform this batch rollover please see the steps below.

  1. Select the Tools menu within the Control Center followed by the Database menu item.

  2. The grid for the Rollover futures instruments section will show each instrument that is eligible to be rolled over. A contract is eligible to be rolled when today's date is greater than or equal to the rollover date defined for the instrument's next contract month.

  3. When selecting Rollover, any instrument with a checkmark in the Update column will be updated to the contract month in the New Expiry column.

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Note: Rolling over futures instruments will update the expiry of the instruments across all instrument lists and windows using the instruments on all open workspaces. These changes on workspaces will need to be saved should you wish to preserve them. If there are areas you still wish to use the old expiry with please be sure to switch them back to the old expiry or do not roll over at this time.

Note: NinjaScript strategies are not rolled forward and must be manually rolled over.

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