Etrade Pro Working On Linux

If you have an Etrade account and a Linux computer. Chances are you haven’t found clear cut instructions on how to get the EtradePro application to work under Linux.

Here are the instructions for Fedora Linux. With small tweaks it should work with any distro ( Debian, SuSe, Arch, etc.. )

  1. You need to install the latest JRE from the official java site. ( Don’t use ICEDTEA WEBSTART, I have never received consistent results with launching ETRADE PRO with ICEDTEA. ) Note: you may have to use the rpm command if you get conflict errors.
  2. Create/make sure that you have an etpro directory in your home directory:
    mkdir /home/your_username/etpro/
  3. Log into the etrade website and click on ETradePro. It will ask you to run the file or download. Download the .jnlp file, to the directory above.
  4. Create a file here ( you need to be root )
    /usr/share/applications/etpro.desktop
  5. Copy / Paste the entry below into the file you just created above.
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=EtradePro
    Comment=Etrade Pro Trading
    Keywords=etrade;trade;finance;etpro;money;stock;option;future;
    Exec=sh -c "/usr/java/jre1.8.0_211-amd64/bin/javaws /home/${USER}/etpro/etpro_launch.jnlp"
    Icon=/home/${USER}/etpro/etpro3.ico
    Type=Application
    StartupNotify=true
    Categories=GNOME;GTK;Finance;Money;Trading;
  6. Launch etpro.desktop from applications menu
CAVEATS: If you cannot RELAUNCH the application later.

Keep in mind that there is a SESSION string written in the jnlp file that you downloaded from etrade.  If you cannot launch the application.  Log BACK into etrade and REDOWNLOAD the jnlp file, overwriting the one in your /home/${USER}/etpro/ directory.  Then launch the app from your menu.

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