Articles with MQL4 programming examples

Access a huge collection of articles with code examples showing how to create indicators and trading robots for the MetaTrader platform in the MQL5 language. Source codes are attached to the articles, so you can open them in MetaEditor and run them to see how the applications work.

These articles will be useful both for those who have just started exploring automated trading and for professional traders with programming experience. They feature not only examples, but also contain new ideas.

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MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS

Apple products have become very popular. MetaQuotes Software Corp. attentively follows the progress of the IT industry and has already released the special mobile applications for iOS-based devices -

How to conduct a qualitative analysis of trading signals and select the best of them

The article deals with evaluating the performance of Signals Providers. We offer several additional parameters highlighting signal trading results from a slightly different angle than in traditional

MetaTrader 4 on Linux

Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. Many home PC users prefer it to MS Windows series. Linux systems

How to build and test a Binary Options strategy with the MetaTrader 4 Strategy Tester

Tutorial to build a Binary Options strategy an test it in Strategy-Tester of MetaTrader 4 with Binary-Options-Strategy-Tester utility from marketplace

Price Action. Automating the Engulfing Pattern Trading Strategy

This article describes a process of creating an Expert Advisor for MetaTrader 4 based on the Engulfing pattern, as well as the pattern recognition principle, rules of setting pending orders and stop

Common Errors in MQL4 Programs and How to Avoid Them

To avoid critical completion of programs, the previous version compiler handled many errors in the runtime environment. For example, division by zero or array out of range are critical errors and

Angles in Trading. Further Study Required

In this article, we discuss the method of trading analysis by measuring angles in the MetaTrader 4 terminal. The article provides a general plan of using angles for trend movement analysis, as well as

Price Action. Automating the Inside Bar Trading Strategy

The article describes the development of a MetaTrader 4 Expert Advisor based on the Inside Bar strategy, including Inside Bar detection principles, as well as pending and stop order setting rules

Trading Ideas Based on Prices Direction and Movement Speed

The article provides a review of an idea based on the analysis of prices' movement direction and their speed. We have performed its formalization in the MQL4 language presented as an expert advisor to

Portfolio trading in MetaTrader 4

The article reveals the portfolio trading principles and their application to Forex market. A few simple mathematical portfolio arrangement models are considered. The article contains examples of

Theoretical Basis of Building Cluster Indicators for FOREX

Cluster indicators are sets of indicators that divide currency pairs into separate currencies. Indicators allow to trace the relative currency fluctuation, determine the potential of formating new

Practical Application of Cluster Indicators in FOREX

Cluster indicators are sets of indicators that divide currency pairs into separate currencies. Indicators allow to trace the relative currency fluctuation, determine the potential of forming new

Expert Advisor Sample

The principles of MQL4-programs development are shown on sample of creating a simple Expert Advisor system based on the standard MACD indicator

MQL4 Language for Newbies. Custom Indicators (Part 1)

This is the fourth article from the series "MQL4 Languages for Newbies". Today we will learn to write custom indicators. We will get acquainted with the classification of indicator features, will see

Offline Charts in the New MQL4

Updated MQL4 has the new format for storing historical data and provides the appropriate MqlRates structure for convenient storage of Time, Open, Low, High, Close and Volume values. For many years

Using Neural Networks In MetaTrader

This article shows you how to easily use Neural Networks in your MQL4 code taking advantage of best freely available artificial neural network library (FANN) employing multiple neural networks in your

MagicNumber: "Magic" Identifier of the Order

The article deals with the problem of conflict-free trading of several experts on the same МТ 4 Client Terminal. It "teaches" the expert to manage only "its own" orders without modifying or closing

ZUP - Universal ZigZag with Pesavento Patterns. Part 1

The article gives a short description of ideas underlying indicator ZUP - Universal ZigZag with Pesavento Patterns. The article also describes indicators of ZigZag embedded in ZUP

Meta COT Project - New Horizons for CFTC Report Analysis in MetaTrader 4

The article is about the use of CFTC report data (Open Interest) in MetaTrader. The article describes the proposed META COT project in details, shows how to load and process the necessary information

Protect Yourselves, Developers!

Protection of intellectual property is still a big problem. This article describes the basic principles of MQL4-programs protection. Using these principles you can ensure that results of your

How to create an indicator of non-standard charts for MetaTrader Market

Through offline charts, programming in MQL4, and reasonable willingness, you can get a variety of chart types: "Point & Figure", "Renko", "Kagi", "Range bars", equivolume charts, etc. In this article

MQL4 Language for Newbies. Technical Indicators and Built-In Functions

This is the third article from the series "MQL4 Language for Newbies". Now we will learn to use built-in functions and functions for working with technical indicators. The latter ones will be

MQL4 Language for Newbies. Custom Indicators (Part 2)

This is the fifth article from the series "MQL4 Languages for Newbies". Today we will learn to use graphical objects - a very powerful development tool that allows to widen substantially possibilities

Transferring an Indicator Code into an Expert Advisor Code. Indicator Structure

This article dwells on the ways of transferring an indicator code into an Expert Advisor Code and on writing Expert Advisors with no calling to custom indicators, and with the whole program code for

MQL4 Language for Newbies. Introduction

This sequence of articles is intended for traders, who know nothing about programming, but have a desire to learn MQL4 language as quick as possible with minimal time and effort inputs. If you are

Data Structure in MetaTrader 4 Build 600 and Higher

MetaTarder 4 build 600 features the new structure and location of the client terminal files. Now, MQL4 applications are placed in separate directories according to the program type (Expert Advisors

Applying fuzzy logic in trading by means of MQL4

The article deals with examples of applying fuzzy set theory in trading by means of MQL4. The use of FuzzyNet library for MQL4 in the development of an indicator and an Expert Advisor is described as

Secrets of MetaTrader 4 Client Terminal

21 way to ease the life: Latent features in MetaTrader 4 Client Terminal. Full screen; hot keys; Fast Navigation bar; minimizing windows; favorites; traffic reduction; disabling of news; symbol sets;

Managing the MetaTrader Terminal via DLL

The article deals with managing MetaTrader user interface elements via an auxiliary DLL library using the example of changing push notification delivery settings. The library source code and the

ZUP - Universal ZigZag with Pesavento Patterns. Part 2

ZUP - Universal ZigZag with Pesavento Patterns. Part 2 - Description of Embedded Tools

Upgrade to MetaTrader 4 Build 600 and Higher

The new version of the MetaTrader 4 terminal features the updated structure of user data storage. In earlier versions all programs, templates, profiles etc. were stored directly in terminal

MetaTrader 4 Expert Advisor exchanges information with the outside world

A simple, universal and reliable solution of information exchange between МetaТrader 4 Expert Advisor and the outside world. Suppliers and consumers of the information can be located on different

Displaying of Support/Resistance Levels

The article deals with detecting and indicating Support/Resistance Levels in the MetaTrader 4 program. The convenient and universal indicator is based on a simple algorithm. The article also tackles

Why Is It Important to Update MetaTrader 4 to the Latest Build by August 1?

From August 1, 2014, MetaTrader 4 desktop terminals older than build 600 will no longer be supported. However, many traders still work with outdated versions and are unaware of the updated platform's

Displaying a News Calendar

This article contains the description of writing a simple and convenient indicator displaying in a working area the main economic events from external Internet resources

Events in МetaТrader 4

The article deals with programmed tracking of events in the МetaТrader 4 Client Terminal, such as opening/closing/modifying orders, and is targeted at a user who has basic skills in working with the

Features of Experts Advisors

Creation of expert advisors in the MetaTrader trading system has a number of features

Secrets of MetaTrader 4 Client Terminal: Alerting System

How to be aware of what happens in the terminal and on your account without permanent looking at the monitor. System events; custom events; wave and executable files; electronic messages; setting up

Testing Features and Limits in MetaTrader 4

This article allows to find out more about features and limits of Strategy Tester in MetaTrader 4

Features of Custom Indicators Creation

Creation of Custom Indicators in the MetaTrader trading system has a number of features