How To Download Historical Data on MetaTrader 4

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform allows you to download historical data for all pairs, at 1-minute intervals.

To download all historical data from MetaTrader 4, perform the following steps:

Tools > Options

A window will open, click the Charts tab

MetaTrader4 Historic data options menu

In the fields Max bars in history and Max bars in the chart, enter the largest number allowed (9999999999999), to obtain the maximum available data. After you click OK, the system will change this number to 2147483647 – the Maximum bars the system can display.

Click OK.

MetaTrader4 Historic Data Options

Now close MetaTrader, and re-open it.

Click Tools > History Center

A window will open. Click Forex and mark the pair you wish to update, for example, EURUSD, double click the selected pair and mark 1-Minute (1M), ensure that it is marked as appears in the image.

MetaTrader4 Historic data history center

Verify that the header at the top of the window lists the desired pair and time frame. (History Center: EURUSD, M1)

MetaTrader 4 Historic data history center EUR/USD

Now, click Download.

A window will open. Click OK and the data download process will begin.

MetaTrader4 Historic data history center process

At the end of the download process, note that the number of records has changed after the download, increasing from 4,188 to 3,782,978.

MetaTrader4 Historic data history center done

Shut down and restart MetaTrader 4 an additional time.

Once the software restarts, open a chart for the pair and time frame you have downloaded and verify that historical data is on the chart

Historical data for EUR/USD at the time frame of M1 starts on September 30, 1999, or thereabout.

This process may be carried out for all the pairs and time frames that you want.

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