ATR (backtestable) Median Renko bars

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1. OverviewATR Mean renko bars Ninjatrader


 We are proud to present the first ATR-based median Renko bar type for NinjaTrader. As many already know ATR stands for Average True Range and is commonly used to determine market volatility.

Many traders love Renko bars because they filter out much of the noise and provide a very clear picture of the market. Also, many indicators perform much better on Renko charts than on time/tick or volume-based charts.

However, until now many Renko traders struggled to find the correct Renko brick size. Markets are always changing and the Renko brick size you used an hour ago might not be the best one to use at this moment. 

If your Renko brick size is too small the bars form very quickly and you won't filter the noise out of the market. On the other hand, if your brick size is too big then you will have to wait a long time before a new bar is formed and your stop losses might become too big to tradeThis is why we designed the ATR-based Median Renko bar.

  • automatically adjusts the Renko brick size based on the current market volatility.
  • you never have to guess again what Renko brick size to trade.
  • always use the correct Renko size for current market conditions

During high volatility, this bar-type will automatically increase the Renko brick size. When the market returns back to normal or low volatility the Renko brick size will be lowered as well.

2. Backtestable for automated strategies

The biggest problem with median renko bars is that you cannot backtest them. This is because the open price of each median renko bar is fake and not accurate. This is fine when trading manually and because of this fake open price you get nice trending charts without any noise. However, if you want to backtest an automated strategy then you would like to have a real open price since many automated strategies open a trade at the opening of a bar. 

The ATR Median Renko bars come with a back-testable version which you can use when backtesting automated strategies. It will use the true open prices instead of fake ones. Below you can see the difference

3. ATR period and timeframe settings

You can choose the ATR timeframe (in minutes) and ATR period to use for calculating the optimal Renko brick size. By default, the Renko brick size gets calculated by using a 1min timeframe and 14-period ATR as shown in the screenshot below.


ATR Mean renko settings

4. Features

  • ATR based median renko bar
  • Backtestable to get accurate results when backtesting automated strategies
  • Automatically chooses the correct Renko brick size in real-time based on current market volatility
  • Allows you to change the ATR timeframe & period.
  • supports tick replay
  • Works with any market
  • Works with any NinjaTrader license



21-Aug-2022 v1.0.05

  • Added backtestable version of the ATR median renk

18-Aug-2021 v1.0.04

  • Fixed some bugs

18-Aug-2021 v1.0.0.3

  • Fixed weird bars when selecting RTH trading hours

22-Jul-2021 v1.0.0.2

  • added option to specify the ATR multiplier (in %)

22-jun-2021 v1.0.0.1

  • added the ATR renko status lines


  • released the first version



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