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Download historical data

In MetaTrader5 (MT5), you can download historical data in 21 different timeframes, as well as tick data. Downloading tick data, the smallest unit that represents price, is not available in MetaTrader4 (MT4), but only in MT5. In MT5, historical data gets downloaded automatically for backtesting, so there is no need to manually download them beforehand.

Step 1

First, increase the number of bars on charts. Click "Tools" on the menu and select "Options". (Shortcut keys: "Ctrl"+"O")

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Step 2

Set "Max bars in chart" to "Unlimited" in the "Charts" tab. Click "OK" and relaunch MT5.

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Step 3

Next, download the historical data. Click "View" on the menu and select "Symbols". (Shortcut keys: "Ctrl"+"U")

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Step 4

Download historical bar data

In the "Bars" tab, set the symbol, timeframe, and period for the historical data to download and click "Request".

Download historical bar data Download historical bar data

Download historical tick data

In the "Ticks" tab, set the symbol, timeframe, and period for the historical data to download and click "Request".

Download historical tick data Download historical tick data

Number

Item name

Descriptions

1

Symbol

Select the symbol for which you want to download the historical data.

2

Type

To download the historical bar data, select one of the 21 timeframes. To download the historical tick data, select the type of tick data.

3

Period

Specify the period of the historical data to download.

Step 5

Once downloading is completed, you will see the number of downloaded data under the symbol field and also the historical data beneath that. It might take some time depending on the amount of data.

Download historical bar data

Download historical bar data Download historical bar data

Download historical tick data

Download historical tick data Download historical tick data
caution If it says "limited by charts settings"
If it says limited by charts settings If it says limited by charts settings

If you see the message, "limited by charts settings" under the symbol field, the historical data of the specified period hasn't been fully downloaded. To fix this, you must adjust the settings to increase the number of bars displayed on the chart. Check/adjust your settings and restart MT5 to download all the historical data.

point Difference in historical data of MT4 and MT5

The downloaded historical data of MT5 differs from those of MT4. When downloading historical data on MT4, the app downloads the data from the history center of MetaQuotes. Since these are price data provided by MetaQuotes, they will not match the price data provided by the actual forex broker. In MT5, there is no history center. All price data comes directly from each forex broker. However, please note that some of their old data may come from price data provided by MetaQuotes.


Date

Created

 : 2022.09.09

Update

Last updated

 : 2022.10.18

Writer

Takayoshi Nakamaru

Manual production consultant, MBA

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Takayoshi Nakamaru

Nakamaru is a manual production consultant at FINTECS, a company that specializes in creating manuals for their clients.
With a wide range of experience from fintech to entertainment, he presents what user-friendly manuals should be like.
He works with numerous large corporations as an external manual production project manager.

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http://www.fintecs.co.jp/profile/

Supervisor

Akira Takagi

Systems engineer, MetaTrader administrator

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Akira Takagi

After graduating from Computer Science at the Uninove, Brazil, in 2014, he has worked on various systems development projects.
He participated as a developer in the launch of forex services in 2019. Since then, he has also been involved in the development of MetaTrader plugins and APIs. He is certified by MetaQuotes as a MetaTrader5 Administrator and active in consulting and advisory as well.

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