B. Ninjatrader 8 Connection Guide

NinjaTrader version

Create a free account on the NinjaTrader website at https://account.ninjatrader.com/register.

Confirm your email address and create a username and password according to the criteria provided. 

When you land on the page where it requests that you choose between a live account or simulated account, scroll down a bit lower and there is a link that says "download desktop platform for unlimited free use"; click that link and follow the download instructions. 

When you launch the NinjaTrader platform,  it will ask you to login. Use the credentials you just created when you signed up on the NinjaTrader website.

Utilize the same steps included below in section 7 through 20 to complete the connection.

If you have not updated your NinjaTrader software to version, use the instructions below.

1.  First- make sure you have installed and connected successfully to R|Trader Pro
  • (Otherwise you will NOT be able to connect to Ninjatrader)
2.  Download NinjaTrader 8.  Copy and paste this link in a new window.  http://www.ninjatrader.com/ninjatrader/nt8/NinjaTrader.Install.msi

3.  NinjaTrader Control Center – Click Help 

4.  Click License Key

5.  If you do not have your own paid Ninja license key, feel free to use the SIM key that you will find in your Leelootrading.com membership area.  (Log In Info?) If your paid Ninja Key does not offer a Rithmic/Rithmic Paper Trading connection (Step 9), contact Ninja for your options*, or use our key instead. (CLICK HERE for our exclusive discount to upgrade your paid license key)


6.  Erase the current key and paste the SIM key provided by Leeloo™. 
(Key's purchased prior to 2015 may not work due to old tech, etc. - Contact Ninja)

7. Click OK and Restart Ninja 

8.  From Control Center click Connections
9.  Click Configure

10.  The Connection Options menu will pop up and click Rithmic for Ninjatrader Brokerage

11.  Click Add

12.  Click My Rithmic for NinjaTrader Brokerage

13.  Connection Name: My Rithmic for NinjaTrader Brokerage (or type Leeloo, etc)

14.  Connect on startup (leave unchecked for quicker loading of NT8)

15.  Username (ie. LL000907 . Your Rithmic/Platform User ID will begin with LL and is sent via Welcome email after purchase.  It is NOT the username you chose when you registered for LeelooTrading.com)

16.  Password (sent to you via Welcome email after purchase)

17.  System : Choose ‘Rithmic Paper Trading (Chicago)’

18.  Plug in mode:  Do NOT select Plug-in mode unless you need to connect and  trade on multiple platforms at the same time.  (Click Here for info on how to use Plug-in mode) 

19.  Click Apply

20.  Click OK


Enable Connection

Each time you open your NT8 platform, you will enable your connection as follows:
  1. From Control Center – Click Connections
  2. Click My Rithmic for Ninjatrader Brokerage

3.  A Green Dot will appear validating your connection. A Yellow or Red dot may indicate an issue on your end with a firewall or invalid License Key if you are using your own.

Important Notes

Disable Global Simulation Mode
Be sure you are selecting to trade your ‘Natural Trading’ account and not Sim101.  The Sim101 is for practice only and does NOT count toward qualification.  If you are trading the Sim101 account you will not see those trades register in R|Trader Pro.  If Global Simulation Mode is checked, it will not let you trade any account but the Sim101 account.

1.  Click Tools
2.  Click on the checkmark to the left of Global Simulation Mode to remove

Net P & L 
Your current updated account balance is listed under the 'Net Liquidation' header of your NT8 Control Center.  Commissions have been deducted.  It should, but might not match your R|Trader  Pro Account Balance.  The true authority of the current status of your account balance is found in your Trader Dashboard of R|Trader Pro under the 'Account Balance' heading.
Adding Commission values
Commissions are already subtracted and factored into the ‘Net Liquidation’ value.  The Chart Trader feature in NT8 ONLY shows Gross Profit and does not allow a Net Profit view.  The Trade Performance tool/analyzer likewise will only show profit without factoring in Leeloo™ commissions, however you can import our commission template into your platform and all future trades will display commission fees.  
CLICK HERE for download and instructions. 

Contract Expiries
Be sure you are updating your futures instruments regularly to the current front month contract.
Ninjatrader 8 allows batch rollover across all instruments on all open workspaces.  How To Video
NinjaTrader Support | Customer Service
Ninja Trader offers tech support for their platform.  If you are able to login successfully and see your account in R|Trader, then issues you are having with Ninjatrader can not be resolved by Leeloo™ Trading. 
For support, send an email to platformsupport@ninjatrader.com and include the following:
  • Name
  • Email
  • NinjaTrader license key
  • Version of NT8 in use
  • Issue you are experiencing
  • Rithmic login credentials

Warning: Do NOT engage in any trading activity with money you cannot afford to lose. Day trading can be extremely risky and offers no guarantee for success. You should not fund day-trading activities with retirement savings, student loans, second mortgages, emergency funds, funds set aside for purposes such as education or home ownership, or funds required to meet your living expenses. 

If you engage in day trading activities, set a budget and do not spend beyond your set budget.


cual es la licencia para ninja trader?
Salvatore Agnello (6/21/2022 at 5:54 AM)
I have asked this on your social media feed and in a support chat, and both times I was told that we can use the new Ninjatrader mobile app. The app only connects to the new ninjatrader account, but nowhere no how is there anywhere to log in to your rithmic account with the mobile app. Please advise
Anton Nel (3/19/2023 at 9:44 AM)