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Import historical data

In MetaTrader5 (MT5), you can import historical data in 21 different timeframes, as well as tick data. Importing tick data, the smallest unit that represents price, is not available in MetaTrader4 (MT4), but only in MT5. You can increase the accuracy of backtesting by importing tick data.

Step 1

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

Click Tools on the menu and select Options Click Tools on the menu and select Options

Step 2

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

Set Max bars in chart to Unlimited in the Charts tab. Click OK Set Max bars in chart to Unlimited in the Charts tab. Click OK

Step 3

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

Click View on the menu and select Symbols Click View on the menu and select Symbols

Step 4

Import historical bar data

In the "Bars" tab, select the symbol of the historical data to import.

In the Bars tab, set the symbol In the Bars tab, set the symbol

Import historical tick data

In the "Ticks" tab, select the symbol of the historical data to import.

In the Ticks tab, set the symbol In the Ticks tab, set the symbol

Step 5

Click "Create Custom Symbol".

Import historical bar data

Import historical bar data Import historical bar data

Import historical tick data

Import historical tick data Import historical tick data
point Existing historical data can't be overwritten in MT5

In MT5, you cannot delete or overwrite existing historical data. When importing historical data, you must first create a new custom symbol. You can save multiple symbols using the same settings by changing the symbol name when creating a custom symbol to import historical data.

Step 6

In the custom symbol window, double-click the symbol name. Set a symbol name different from the existing ones and click "OK".

In the custom symbol window, double-click the symbol name. Set a symbol name different from the existing ones In the custom symbol window, double-click the symbol name. Set a symbol name different from the existing ones

Step 7

Import historical bar data

Select the symbol name you have set and click "Import Bars".

Import historical bar data Import historical bar data

Import historical tick data

Select the symbol name you have set and click "Import Ticks".

Import historical tick data Import historical tick data

Step 8

Configure the details of historical data to import. Click "OK" and historical data will be imported.

Configure the details of historical data to import Configure the details of historical data to import

Number

Item name

Descriptions

1

File

Click "Browse" to choose the historical data file to import. Available files include csv, txt, and prn.

2

Separator

Specify the character that separates each item in the data.

3

Skip

Specified rows and columns will not be imported. Specify the rows or columns if you don't want to import any data in the file.

4

Shift

Shift the historical data by set hours.

5

Tick volumes

Check this box when the historical data has tick volumes.


Date

Created

 : 2022.09.09

Update

Last updated

 : 2022.09.09

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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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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