Think or Swim on ubuntu 16.04

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.

Why won’t Think or Swim work on ubuntu 15.10

Once again desperately trying to install TOS on ubuntu 15.10. But once again I get a big fail from TOS.

My previous post on 14.04 worked fine, but I haven’t been trading that much and I upgraded my linux box. 

Here is what I have done so far:

Thinkorswim needs Java7 to run. To install java7 on the machine:

  1. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

To install Thinkorswim:

  1. Click “Install thinkdesktop” to download the thinkorswim installer to a directory on your PC.
  2. After downloading open a shell and CD to the directory where you downloaded the installer.
  3. At the prompt type: sh ./thinkorswim_installer.sh

Once I get the program installed I get a new error message. There is no proxy to chose from as it just comes up blank. I’m not doing any thing fancy with proxy or firewalls so this shouldn’t be an issue.

think or swim fail

Any thoughts Think or Swim? or anybody else?

 

Update: 11/30 – 12/1

 

 

Screenshot from 2015-11-30 11-01-53

So if you go to https://216.105.249.176/suit/index.xml?whitelabel=tos  you get the following error message

{"error":"symbol is not futures"}

So if I getting a return message from the server then how can it be a 400 response code. Also I concerned that an organization such as TD Ameritrade isn’t using all https? I’m not an expert in this area but even my twitter bootstrap cdn’s are using https. (Of course I’m not but that’s a whole other story…)