Getting Started Guide
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Step 1: Installation

You can install AmiBroker on a PC running Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, Millenium or 2000.

(In case of Windows 95 you will need to install Internet Explorer 4 or higher first. In case of Windows NT 4.0 you will need a Service Pack 4 or higher installed first.)

Install AmiBroker using it's setup program - it is available for download from http://www.amibroker.com/download.html. After downloading double click on the program's icon. This will launch the setup program - you can safely accept all default values by clicking "Next" on each page and "Install" on the last page. By default AmiBroker is installed to "C:\Program Files\AmiBroker" directory and this location is referred to as "main AmiBroker directory".

If setup program asks you to restart machine please do so to allow to replace system components.

After installation, you can start AmiBroker from Windows' standard Start->Programs->AmiBroker->AmiBroker menu.

Common questions:

Question Answer
Must I use Internet Explorer? Can I use Netscape Navigator, Opera, (other browser) instead?
You can use any browser. In case of Windows 95 Internet Explorer 4 (or higher) installation is needed because it updates some of the Windows components (common controls library, HTML help, scripting) AmiBroker uses extensively. But after the installation you don't need to use Internet Explorer.
Where is the help file (manual)?

User's guide is available from Help->Help topics menu in AmiBroker (accessible also by F1 key)

 

Troubleshooting:

Problem Solution
AmiBroker hangs at startup or frequent errors occur

Win 95: Please check if you have Internet Explorer 4 or higher installed (5.5 recommended)

Download and install the latest version of AmiBroker.

Win 95, 98, NT: Install the latest version of the Microsoft run-time files and operating system components available here.

Help (User's guide) is not accessible

Install the update to the HTML Help system available here

Scripts do not work

Win 95, NT 4.0: Install Internet Explorer 5 to activate Windows Scripting Host

 

Step 2: Getting quotes

NEW! Check out our new HOWTO: Setup complete US stocks database using free Yahoo quotes tutorial.

AmiBroker can handle virtually EVERY exchange in the world if only plain ASCII data for that exchange are available. See this table showing sample data sources and download methods for AmiBroker.

AmiBroker comes preloaded with sample DJIA components database. You can update this sample database (and any other US & Canada market databases) with a new quotes using supplied AmiQuote program.

PLEASE READ these detailed instructions on how to use AmiQuote before starting.

Common questions:

Question Answer
How can I edit my own ticker list (.TLS) file?

You can create or edit .TLS using Windows Notepad. When saving a file simply give .TLS extension to the file (instead of the default. TXT)

What about ready-to-use complete ticker lists for NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX?

There are following ready-to-use ticker lists available for download:

Troubleshooting:

Problem Solution
   
   
   

 

Step 3: Resources of interest

In case of questions/problems you may check the following resources:

Checking these places first will help me focusing on developing new features in AmiBroker. In case of problems not covered in above resources please don't hesitate to contact me at: support@amibroker.com.