# How to Count Number of Open long/short positions

Good afternoon forum,

As per the title of this thread, I want to limit my bot from firing in many, many positions into the market. I am happy to compound and build in to positions each time an order is triggered but I would like a maximum limit to be able to manage my maximum exposure.

Is there a nice, common method used to count the number of BuyOrders and SellOrders currently open on my account in order to use these variables as limits?

CPerry.

• Create some variables at the global scope.
• Reset them to 0 on every new tick.
• Cycle all your orders (MT4) or positions (MT5) and increase buy counter for each buy trade found, and sell counter for each sell trade found.
• Use your counters to check conditions and act according.

Good morning Fabio, sorry I didn't see you had replied.

I can do the first two steps and the last one but how do I 'find' the amount of buy trades and sell trades? What is the line of code I need to achieve this please?

CPerry.

CPerry #:
Good morning Fabio, sorry I didn't see you had replied.

I can do the first two steps and the last one but how do I 'find' the amount of buy trades and sell trades? What is the line of code I need to achieve this please?

CPerry.

Hi

I'm new here and just learnign myself, but one of the tutorials listed here https://www.mql5.com/en/forum/447439/page5 gave the following code that I found worked for me:

```//count open positions, also detects buy and sell orders
bool CountOpenPositions(int &countBuy, int &countSell){
countSell = 0;
int total =PositionsTotal();
for(int i=total-1; i>=0; i--){
ulong positionTicket = PositionGetTicket(i);
if(positionTicket<=0){Print("Failed to get ticket");return false;}
if(!PositionSelectByTicket(positionTicket)){Print("Failed to select position"); return false;}
long magic;
if(!PositionGetInteger(POSITION_MAGIC,magic)){Print("Failed to get magic");return false;}
if(magic ==InpMagicNumber){
long type;
if(!PositionGetInteger(POSITION_TYPE,type)){Print ("Failed to get type");return false;}
if(type==POSITION_TYPE_SELL){countSell++;}
}
}
return true;
}```
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pete sw #:

Hi

I'm new here and just learnign myself, but one of the tutorials listed here https://www.mql5.com/en/forum/447439/page5 gave the following code that I found worked for me:

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply Pete! I'll give this a try this week. Best of luck with all your future trading mate.