Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started

Welcome to PineConnector — let’s get you set up fast!
Demo Demo Demo, Before Live Before embarking on your trading journey with PineConnector, we recommend a meticulous three-step process:
  1. Start with a Demo: Initiate your trading automation experience by familiarizing yourself with PineConnector through a demo account.
    • Utilize this opportunity to explore the various features and functionalities of PineConnector.
    • If you have any questions or require assistance, our PineConnector support team is available 24/5 to assist you.
  2. Forward Testing: After becoming familiar, conduct a forward test for your trading strategies on your demo account.
    • Regularly monitor all trading activities to ensure they are functioning as intended.
    • Ensure that your TradingView alerts trigger correctly, that alert messages are configured properly, and that stop-loss (SL) and take-profit (TP) levels calculated by PineConnector are accurate, among other things.

    • Dedicate as much time as necessary during this phase, whether it's a few weeks, several months, or even a few years.
    • Make any required adjustments to PineConnector and your strategy based on the results of your forward testing.
  3. Go Live, Cautiously: Once you are confident and satisfied with the trading performance on the demo account, consider transitioning to a live account. If not, continue with Step 2.
    • Start with a small amount in your live account.
    • As your strategies consistently perform successfully on your live account, gradually allocate more risk capital—funds that you can afford to lose without causing undue stress.

"In trading and investing, it's not about how much you make, but rather how much you don't lose." — Bernard Baruch

1. Register for a PineConnector Account

To get started, register for a PineConnector account for access to the members’ portal. The members’ portal contains the PineConnector Expert Advisor (EA) downloadable, your license information and more.

2. Ensure that you have TradingView Essential Plan or Higher

TradingView’s plans as of September 2023
TradingView’s plans as of September 2023

To automate your TradingView strategies, indicators or scripts, you will require TradingView Essential, Plus, Premium or Ultimate. Being on either of those plans will enable you to send webhook alerts.

Using TradingView’s Trial? If you are on TradingView's free trial under the Essential, Plus, Premium, or Ultimate plan, you will be allowed to send webhook alerts, which satisfies this condition. With the Premium plan, you can send up to 400 alerts, and second-based alerts are enabled. Compare TradingView’s Plans.

3. Ensure that you are Using a Compatible Operating System

PineConnector is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • MacOS
  • Windows 10 and 11
  • Windows Server 2016, 2019 and 2022
MetaTrader Stability on MacOS While you may run MetaTrader on your MacOS, some have faced stability issues such as MetaTrader crashing with the endless loading wheel. If you face such issues with your Mac, we recommend that you opt for a Windows VPS.
Microsoft Remote Desktop If you are using a MacOS, we recommend that you use Microsoft Remote Desktop (MRD) to navigate your VPS.

Efficient Mac Shortcut Save time and streamline the process of copying the PineConnector EA and License ID to your VPS by using the "CMD + C" and "CMD + V" keyboard shortcuts.

Here's how:

  1. Download the EA to your Mac.
  2. Copy the EA using "CMD + C".
  3. Open the MRD window on your Mac.
  4. Paste the EA to your VPS using "CMD + V".

Similarly, you can easily copy your License ID on your Mac and paste it into the EA running on your VPS.

The following Operating Systems are not compatible:

  • Windows 8 or older → Update your OS to Windows 10/11
  • Windows Server 2012 → Upgrade your VPS to Windows Server 2016/2019/2022
  • MetaQuotes VPS → Use a different VPS provider such as this

Checking Windows Version

To check the Windows version you are using, press the Windows logo key + R, type “winver” in the Open box and select OK.


PineConnector-compatible VPS

If you are looking for a PineConnector-compatible VPS, you may opt for the PineConnector VPS which costs $30/month or less.

Optimizing VPS Location for Your Broker: A Quick Check

Optimize your VPS location to trade with as low as 1ms latency, saving up to 200ms.

Find the best spot for your broker:

4. Use one of the recommended brokers

Optional, but recommended to streamline and maximize your trading potential: To ensure optimal trading performance, we recommend using the same broker that we use for PineConnector testing.

PineConnector Broker-VPS Program Get a free PineConnector-compatible VPS, 3 months of PineConnector, and 14% reduced trading fees (worth over US$884!) when you sign up with our broker of choice. Why a VPS is essential: For serious traders, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is not a luxury — it's a necessity. It provides a stable connection, reduced latency, and enhanced security, ensuring uninterrupted trading. Learn more about the program here.

The following is a list of broker that we recommend:

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