Forex Tester allows downloading historical data from our server or importing it directly from the text files. We provide free historical data starting from 01/01/2001 until the current moment. This data can be downloaded via the Data Center window in the Forex Tester program or our site’s archives.
The software converts historical data to higher timeframes automatically, so we recommend importing 1-minute data into the program. In this case, you will be able to use this data on any timeframe in the Forex Tester program.
Historical data can be imported via the Data Center window only. To access the Data Center, please click the “Data Center” button on the Data tab:
Use the “Update from server” button to download data from our server and the “Import from a file” button to import the data from a text file.
Subscribe to the Standard data service if you want to use the historical rates:
If you mostly trade on M1 through M30 timeframes, the Super data package will suit your needs.
The Super data service allows:
Get more detailed information about historical rates.
The following dialog window will appear after clicking the “Update from server” button:
With its help, you can add your missing data (Forex Tester automatically determines which data is missing for the current currency symbol) or download data over some period of time.
1. Information block
Here appears the information about the currency pair, the available data range, and the type of data loading. The data server provides two types of data — minute and tick historical data. Tick history data is only available for Super members.
2. Date range block
Here you can define what part of history you want to download.
3. Select data to download block
Here you can define the type of data to download:
Please note: tick history is available only for subscribers of Super data service (more info about data service types).
Click the “Update” button to start the downloading process.
Please note: if you have selected a large amount of historical data to download, the server will need some time to prepare the files.
The start and end dates of downloaded data are displayed under the green bar:
To import the data from a file into the program, click the “Import from a file” button in the Data Center window.
Forex Tester can import data from any text file. The source data should contain bars for one timeframe; the higher timeframes will be generated automatically. We recommend importing data of a one-minute timeframe. If you use the higher ones, the lower timeframes will be displayed incorrectly, resulting in poor testing quality.
The following dialog window will appear after clicking the “Import history data” button:
Select a file to import by clicking the “...” button.
Download Data files from our site.
Once the file is selected, Forex Tester will try to determine the destination currency automatically and select it in the “Import to symbol:” drop-down menu.
If the file does not contain information about the currency, the program will not be able to determine it automatically, so you will have to select the currency from the list manually.
The Shift time (hours) slider allows changing the timezone of importing historical data. It is important if you want to import data from different sources (with different time zones) and have the same time zone for all data.
There is also the option to delete all previously imported data for the symbol.
Once everything is set, click the “Next” button.
You will see the dialog such above if the text format is selected. The program will try to determine all fields automatically, but you can also change them manually.
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Note: if columns are defined incorrectly, or some information is missing, you will see a red text indicating the number of errors.
To import historical data, click the “Import” button.
When Forex Tester finishes importing historical data, you will see the message below: