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i just like to share the link for some Elliottitians AmiBroker users :smiley:

Elliott Wave for Amibroker

Add on software for Elliott Wave Automatic analysis with Amibroker


JB Marwood ( that I suppose here in the Forum is @marwood) has a section of his website dedicated to AmiBroker where he posts and comments the results of some of his findings testing indicators, simple strategies, and trading ideas.

Here is a sample post:
Five Stock Market Timing Indicators Put To The Test

While the content seems more oriented to general audience, some of his articles could be the starting point to do your own further explorations.

He is also the author of multiple Udemy courses (and also of a book) where he uses AmiBroker/Nortgate Data to present and back-test his trading systems.


This blog link was originally shared by @insaneike in a VSA/VPA related thread.

This author shares some interesting .afl formulas and comment them in his blog.

You can download all his AmiBroker indicators formulas here in a single .zip file.


Another site to follow is the one of @empottasch (Edward Pottasch) a very well known and prolific author of some handy formulas.

Content For Trading

While he continues to generously share his brilliant .afl creations in this forum (and did the same in the old Yahoo group), he now also uses this site (that seems still a work in progress) to provide additional information (articles, links, and videos) about his current projects and interests.


What I agree with @HelixTrader.

This is a relatively brief book (168 pages) that is quite to the point and IMHO provides a very remarkable summary of the best practices for developing profitable trading systems using a rigorous, scientific approach.

Moreover, another great plus is that this publication is very affordable both in the Kindle and in the paperback edition!

If you are not yet familiar with Dr. Howard Bandy (@howardbandy) work, you could enjoy this YouTube presentation on The importance of Being Stationary.

He discusses the lack of stationarity of financial data and of trading systems, and why that matters if you want to develop trading systems that are robust in spite of it.


If you are interested in "Rotational Stragegies", you might like the following recommendation

The excellent code that @TrendXplorer wrote (see the link in the above referenced forum thread) is based on the top-downloaded paper of all time on SSRN, published 10 years ago by Meb Faber.
He is also the author of many well documented short books on asset allocation and investing (and from time to time he makes one or more of them available to be downloaded for free).

Since approximately a year he also is the host of the The Meb Faber Show Podcast where "each week he discusses the craft of investing, helping you uncover new and profitable ideas in the global equity, bond, and real asset markets. (with some of the top investment professionals in the world as guests)".

Recently he dedicated an entire episode (#86) to revisit the original paper and he performs his 10-year post-mortem analysis!

More in general, I like to listen to this podcast, since often it provides me ideas to explore (nothing specific to AmiBroker) but IMHO anyway worthwhile.


Please note that this free plugin is now available for download from another location as detailed here by its author @awilson

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Started a free Videoblog about Amibroker in Youtube. It's about basics of the programm, about importing data mainly from Metatrader and basics about programming with afl. In the end I will show how to find a trading-system and as an example I will use one system for forex-market that I published in a german magazin called "Traders".
Furtheron I'm running a webside with a forum and more than 40 trading-systems are published in the user-area there. But everything is in German so I will repeat a shortcut of this post in German also.

Ich habe einen kostenlosen Videoblog auf Youtube eingerichtet, der die Entwicklung von Handelssystemen in Amibroker zum Ziel hat.
Weiterhin gibt es ein Forum mit vielen beschriebenen, in Amibroker getesteten Systemen.


For the users that prefer to learn how to use AmiBroker/AFL visually, this is a free video course that was recently cited :

Let’s Learn Amibroker!

it is a FREE Amibroker and Trading Systems Video Course hosted on YouTube and created by Dave McLachlan (

At the time of this post, there are 17 lessons dedicated to the use of AmiBroker, 13 regarding the development of Trading Systems, 8 Q&A videos plus another 8 in the Market Research section.
Each lesson has a dedicated page that further expand the topic covered in the video (in particular it is beneficial for the Trading System section).

While the main content was posted some years ago (mainly from 2012/2013 with some more recent entries in 2016) it still seems an attractive choice for people that want to learn by watching - and following along - how to use AmiBroker and how to develop and backtest some trading system using AFL.


I agree with Glennc and have taken AB101 and soon starting 201. Cesar is a top notch guy IMO. I would recommend his online courses to a beginner , with no programming skills, like myself . It has helped me out a lot ! Just my 2 cents .


Larry Connors is a well-known book author, who has published multiple titles with systematic trading ideas (and the widely used ConnorsRSI).

His most recent book (at the time of this post) is:

Buy the Fear, Sell the Greed: 7 Behavioral Quant Strategies for Traders (TradingMarkets Publishing - July 10, 2018 - ISBN-13: 978-0578206509)

A preview of the first chapter is found here.

Customer reviews on the book (on Amazon) are a bit discordant. One of the main complaints is that the book does not include the ready-to-use code, which is optionally sold on the author's website (in the AFL version, as a bundle of 7 strategies or individually):

On the associated online store, you can also purchase introductory and advanced courses on the AmiBroker programming language.

Even if you are not planning to buy anything, the Connors Research site probably deserves a visit to read some of the published articles, which often relate to quantified trading strategies that, with a bit of coding, can be implemented and backtested in AmiBroker.


Free online trading/investment conferences are quite popular nowadays, but in many occasions the presenters are just taking part to sell their costly untested methods, trade room subscriptions, etc., providing very little useful content.
Moreover, it is rare to see systematic traders that use AmiBroker for their daily work to support with backtests the proposed strategies.

One pleasant exception IMO was one of the sessions hosted by Cesar Alvarez (@CesarA) at the TradersFest2018, an online event organized by Rayner Teo (a Singapore based swing and position trader and a quite popular blogger).

After contacting Cesar, I wrote to the organizer, and he very kindly agreed to provide specifically for this forum a public link to the "Quantitative Trading for Retail Traders" video presentation. Thanks to both of them.

The webinar is geared to a wide audience of traders (probably most of them discretionary ones), so it touches some general topics like the truth about quant trading, what it is and what it’s not, how to develop a quant trading strategy, the tools, and steps required with AmiBroker in primis.

Dulcis in fundo, it includes an interesting mean reversion trading strategy with rules and backtested results, to be used as a "jumping point" to develop your own system.

I found it well structured and IMO it was also an excellent opportunity to make the name of AmiBroker known to those who may never have never heard of it.


Very thoughtful and very very kind of you @beppe , thanks .
Btw, this thread has become a treasure of invaluable info/resources.


My skype username is tedpenner

I jumped off the deep-end with a good programmer, but one of the worst communicators I have ever met. He just doesn't see the need to communicate or answer my questions, so I am still looking for additional resources and have created a Skype group for the purpose of looking for someone here

Assistance via Skype is greatly appreciated.

As you probably know, India is probably the country where AmiBroker is most popular (although recent Google trends indicate Hong Kong and Vietnam at the top).

So it comes as no surprise that during a search I came across a FREE video course hosted on a site that aims to be the largest community of algo traders in India (the teacher speaks with a native accent but comprehensible English):

Guide to Quantitative Investing and Algorithmic Trading

Here is the course description from the above link:

This course has beginner to intermediate level curriculum, with advanced level insights. But, the course starts from zero level, and gradually, takes you to the advanced level.

Course contains 30+ video tutorials, assignments, AFL templates and a lot of other resources with forum based query resolution support.

See more details

Section 1 of the course teaches you, what exactly is algorithmic trading. Also, I specify, why I am using Amibroker, among all other software tools, to teach you algorithmic trading.
In Section 2 , we learn basics, how to install and where to click; before we actually start some serious stuff.
Section 3 , is an AFL coding primer. If you are coming from a non-programming background, it gives you a solid foundation, to learn programming trading strategies.
Section 4 , is exclusively quantitative investing. It teaches Ranking strategies, rotational strategies, economic indicators, custom index, and composite indicators.
Section 5 takes you the advances level. In this section, I will teach you professional insights which cannot be found in help manuals, internet articles, or even trading books.
Section 6 is the last session, where I teach you how to execute trades in a completely automated environment.

In this course videos, I have used data for US stocks, UK stocks, Indian stocks, and Forex. Also, I have shown analysis ranging from chart studies to explorations and backtesting. I have shown both trading and investment strategies. I have used as many varied examples as possible to give you a comprehensive understanding. To start your own trading, you will need to pick the pieces which are most relevant to your trading or investing style.

I just took a quick look at the contents of the videos and then I can not express a detailed opinion, but from what I saw it seems a good introduction to the use of the application and AFL programming.
In the course presentation page, there is also a link back to this Community as the official support channel to learn more about the software and to get the best support on AFL programming!

The AlgoJi website also publishes some interesting articles focused on AB / AFL strategies and in particular about the orders execution automation.

IMO, another good point in favor of this website is a page with clear instructions that links to the official AmiBroker resources for those who want to test the trial version before buying a genuine license (clarifying that there is no AmiBroker authorized dealer in India).


For what it is worth, contrary to views expressed here, top countries among AmiBroker users are USA and Australia. Google trends are not representative to software purchases.


Hi All,

At times while writing AFLs, contrasting Colors further beautify the lines, shapes, histograms, bars and what not else that we code. As usual with the help of its native functions, AmiBroker gives complete freedom in this regards too - ColorBlend, ColorRGB and ColorHSB.

Or, may be one sees a good color while surfing the internet ( and wonder how to pick it for any other purpose - like preparing a presentation, colors for headlines, tables, cells, etc..

Well, found a simple color detection tool while browsing - Instant Eyedropper - that might help us!


Thanks for reading,

P.S. Some weekend babble on colors.

(Disclaimer: Not affiliated to the product)



Below are few market-related books that have kept me busy for a long-time now.

If you don't mind, please share some of your interesting reads, I am yet to find my poison and need some fresh food for my thoughts....:slightly_smiling_face:

Authors Titles
Welles J. Wilder New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems
John J. Murphy Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets
Mastering the Trade John F. Carter
Martin Pring Pring on Price Patterns
Barry Rudd Stock Patterns for Day Trading
Barry Rudd Stock Patterns for Day Trading II (Advanced Techniques)
David Beckett Linton Trading Success with the Ichimoku Technique
J. Peter Steidlmayer Steidlmayer on Markets
James F. Dalton, Eric T. Jones, Robert B. Dalton Mind Over Markets
James F. Dalton, Robert Bevan Dalton, Eric T. Jones Markets in Profile
Anna Coulling A Complete Guide to Volume Price Analysis
Pascal Willain Value in Time
John L. Person Candlestick and Pivot Point Trading Triggers
Frank O. Ochoa Secrets of a Pivot Boss
Perry J. Kaufman Trading Systems and Methods
John F. Ehlers Rocket Science for Traders
John F. Ehlers Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures
Burton G. Malkiel A Random Walk Down Wall Street
Gregory L. Morris The Complete Guide to Market Breadth Indicators
James Cordier, Michael Gross The Complete Guide to Option Selling

Thank you for reading!


The only product I even delivered was in machine code, because my boss didn't know why anyone would need a compiler. At m y age, megacoding is sliding past me. We are talking 60s-70s.....
Here a are could of useful sources with some money saving hints:
Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities monthly: I used this to y learn how to write code, as their monthly section is backed up by other vendors who rewrite the featured arrival code for a different program. In fact, that is where a learned about AMIBROKER - the shortest code to gat something done.
Luckily we have the master coder of our time - the BossMan of Amiboker as one of their long time stalwards. So why subscribe. A one year subscription for $90 gets you access to the downloadable history of the magazine for decades back - get to read some articles on some of the same folks you list and others in the same class. I get the 5 year plan.... great ideas there. I learned enough from it that at least I can understand the wonderful code you find in the AMIBROKER forum.
Howard Bandy started off writing a early Amibroker tutorial book and then about 4 more. His 2nd, and 3rd books get into some really high powered theory on his short term trading using Amibroker. He's the kind of guy who wants to turn money about 24 x per year at small deltas for a handsome annual profit. Tough reading for us lowly folks but with a lot of Ami code to lead the way. Also tutorials in 'Modeling Trading....." book which takes your from Vegas gambling to using stocks instead of the wheel. Things like how to know if your system is broken......
Another is Bulkowski. He has been writing books for decades. Trouble is some of them are rewrites with upgrades and even the older editions are not cheap.
For starters drop in at his free web site (ThePatternSpot) which has loads of sections up to class room tests and more. Then see what interests you before spending money.
While at it, since many of these authors have written years ago, drop by It is a UK site that does two things - you can look up any book / author // title to see the going price for new and used books. You can order from them, or use the listings to find out where else to go and even get a choice of books from worn to new.
Also look (ebay?) for books sold by GoodWill in the western US. The library buys a book when someone asks about it - and this might be the only reader who takes it out - eventually they sell it off. I have gotten a couple of out of print books that I could never find........


I use the Data from Worden TC 2007 series (not TC 2019) Worden let's you download the data and Amibroker has the code breaker to smoothly suck it into Ami. In fact, the newest 2019 version such the data entirely from on line. They mentioned to me that the kept the old version doing as they knew many folks did this.
Beware the fact that some mostly free sites draw the first 15 /20 minutes from essentially free sites to avoid the exchange charges - After that delay, it is all free from the exchanges. Any time you see cheap data, that is a factor to ask about.........
A real sidebar - if you can find it, it is interesting to see the trading for four house after the close and two and a half in the next morning. Generally it is light - but there are bursts of fraction minutes where hundred thousands shares trade. I've done a few trades reading a trend for tomorrow. More fun with a Market at Close trade. Worth a little study to see if you can get a tip on the future.....
Another factor is found in the international trading of securities. Remember, there is an overlap between PM in Europe and Moening in NYC. Apparently domestic Mutual Funds/ETFs get a jump on NY morning trading. Not the IB claims the search all markets for the best price. Even if you get a partial file, they may search up a fill on the other side of the pond. Most Introducing Brokers will not change the placement if you get a partial fill and have to hope for a final fill at the same broker (did anyone say kickback) The SEC has a site where you can see each brfokerages profile on things like this........