Metatrader Forex Data – Exporting and Importing

The following example provides step-by-step instructions for exporting Metatrader compatible data from the FxTickData Desktop Application and importing that data into Forex.com’s version of MetaTrader.

Note – some versions of MetaTrader may vary slightly. If you would like to test your strategies using the exact methods shown below, we suggest that you download a free copy of Forex.com’s version of MetaTrader.

Step 1

Open the Fx Tick Data application, right click the desired currency pair and then select Download Available Data.

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Step 2

Right click the downloaded data set and select Export...

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Step 3

From the Export window, select the appropriate time span and compression, and then select csv – MT4 compatible from the Format drop down menu in the Export Options section.

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Note: This example uses the 15 minute compression for simplicity. MetaTrader does not provide a direct method for using tick data, however, for those who require tick data there is a multi-step work around method.

Step 4

Click the Export button. By default the destination folder will open automatically in the following directory:

C:\ My Documents\Fx Tick Data User Files\Export

Step 5

Open MetaTrader’s History Center by selecting it from the Tools menu, or by using the F2 button on your keyboard, while in the Metatrader application.

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Step 6

With the History Center open double click AUDUSDFXF, then the 15 Minutes (M15) folder, since this is the data set we previously downloaded.

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With the AUDUSD 15 Minutes (M15) folder selected, click the Import button. Before browsing for your data first set the Separator value to space.

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Step 7

From within the Import window Browse to your storage file. By default it will be located in the following directory:

C:\ My Documents\Fx Tick Data User Files\Export\AUDUSD

Locate the downloaded AUDUSD_15m.csv file and double click to load it into the Import window. Data should now appear in the bottom section of the Import window.

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Click the Ok button. Accurate MT4 data is now loaded into MetaTrader’s History Center.

Summary  

  • Download data from the FxTickData application.   
  • Export data as csv – MetaTrader compatible
  • Import data into MetaTrader’s History Center.

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