I really wish TOS would distinguish themselves from the other trading service and support Linux. Regardless, I have TOS running on 16.04. Here is how I did it. The majority of the instructions are from the TOS website with a minor change or two.

  1. Load your system with Java 8

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

2. Download the installer 

3. install

cd /Downloads
sh ./thinkorswim_installer.sh

4. When you are going thru the wizard, install the thinkorswim software here: I believe that is the trick that worked for me, was to install the app into:

    /usr/local/bin/thinkorswim

The installer should start the application for you.

The TOS small box will pop up and say that it is intalling updates. This seems to take a long time, like 5 minutes? So go do something else for a few. Then you should get login screen after a while.

When it’s time to shutdown and start from stratch use:

    sudo ./thinkorswim

Note: If you find any discrepancies or tips please leave them in the comments. I will do my best to post them, as this blog post and the other Ubuntu / TOS get a lot of hits, there are people out there that need hits.

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3 Responses to Think or Swim on ubuntu 16.04

  1. Tenderfoot56 says:

    I too have been running TOS on Ubuntu 14.04 for a couple of years now.

    The only real problem I have noticed is that when I start it up, it will never automatically load the screens up the way they were when I shutdown. Even selecting a “Saved Configuration” doesn’t seem to work properly. I was able to finally get it to stop showing the initial Splash Screen however.

  2. Ismael Rodriguez says:

    I get stuck on step number 3, it doesnt look like an installable file and I get an error.

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