How to install Thinkorswim on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

Here we will show you how to download and install the popular ThinkorSwim Trading platform on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Zorin, Debian, CentOS, and others using command terminal.

What is Thinkorswim?

Thinkorswim is an online trading platform developed by TD Ameritrade to allow users to trade in various stock, options, futures, and equities. Apart from the web-based trading platform, the company also provides a dedicated desktop application for Windows, macOS, and Linux to trade efficiently with advanced tools, screeners, and charts.

The application is available free of cost and can be used with TD Ameritrade and few others. Well, once the installation of Thinkorswim is completed on your Linux Desktop you will have free real-time quotes, hundreds of chart studies, options risk graphs, and more.

Although the interface of this trading platform is complex and meant for advanced users still beginners or less active traders can also use it to invest.

Steps to install Thinkorswim on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

The commands and other steps given here will be the same for the latest Ubuntu 21.04 and previous Ubuntu 18.04 including other Linux distros.

1. Open Command terminal

The first thing you need is the command terminal. For that either go to Application launcher and search for it or use the keyboard shortcut i.e Ctrl+ALT+T.


2. Download Thinkorswim Linux Desktop App

As I said at the beginning of the article there is a dedicated version of this trading platform that we can install on any Linux easily. Hence, download its installer script using the below-given command.

sudo apt install curl -y
curl --output


3. Install Thinkorswim on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS linux

Now, we have the script on our system, the next step is to run it under sudo rights to install on your Linux platform. It doesn’t matter what Linux system you are using the command will the same for all.

If you already have java on your system then you can skip this command, otherwise first install JDK using the given command:

The error without JDK the system will generate:

No suitable Java Virtual Machine could be found on your system.
The version of the JVM must be at least 1.7.
Please define INSTALL4J_JAVA_HOME to point to a suitable JVM.

To install OpenJDK:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Next, run the downloaded script:

sudo sh


4. Setup Wizard

As you run the script, a graphical installation wizard for the ThinkorSwim Linux desktop application will open. Press the Ok button.

Start Thinkorswim installation script

Let the default Destination Directory be selected and simply click on the ‘Next¬†button to move forward.

Select Destination Directory

Select your Account provider. If you are new and want to use ThinkorSwim paper trading then simply let the default account option be selected.

Select Account provider

Again let the “Create desktop icon” option be selected and hit the Next button.

Create Thinkorswim Desktop Icon Installation is completed


5. Thinkorswim Linux Interface

As you finish the installation, the application will get started. After updating it will ask you to enter your account username and password. If you don’t have then go to the official website of this trading platform and register one.

Thinkorswim dekstop interface on Ubuntu 20.04 install thinkorswim ubuntu 20.04


6. Create Desktop Shortcut

In case, you didn’t get the Desktop shortcut after installing the Thinkorswim on your Ubuntu, here are the steps to follow.

sudo mv thinklogo.png /opt/thinkorswim/
nano ~/Desktop/Thinkorswim.desktop

Now, Copy-Paste the following code in the file:

[Desktop Entry]

Save the file by pressing Ctrl+O and then exit it Ctrl+X.

Create Desktop Shortcut for ThinkorSwmin Linux Ubuntu

Also, create an Application launcher shortcut for the same:

sudo cp ~/Desktop/Thinkorswim.desktop /usr/share/applications/

Make the Desktop shortcut executable:

Create Thinkorswim Desktop Linux

Desktop Shortcut Linux

If you are using Linux Mint, then right-click on the icon, select open. After that select “Mark as Trusted“.

Thinkorswim install Linux Mint

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