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Started:July 28th, 2013 (04:56 PM) by Noah787 Views / Replies:2,703 / 2
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How to get historical data for Multicharts

Old July 28th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to get historical data for Multicharts

Does anyone know where I can download historical data for starter edition?

I want to purchase a complete set of data and be able to load any day on a 500 tick chart.

I downloaded a sample file (.csv) of a complete data set both offered by Anfutures

They offer 10 years of emini S and P 500 data for 140 dollars in .csv format

I've been told you can import ASCII files but when trying to import the sample file they offered it just says no data

and shows a black screen with no chart.

I have a specific strategy that I NEED to manually backtest and I cannot find anyway to get historical data. Please

help. Anyway to get a couple years of data to show on a 500 tick chart would be great if anyone knows a way.

Thank you,


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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you must buy historical tick data from a vendor.
CQG and CME both sell tick data for futures.
there are others, but I only remember those 2 right now


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Old October 11th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Noah,

ASCII import was mostly broken prior to the latest 8.8 beta of MultiCharts.NET. I use a large amount of historical minute data which I import from ASCIIs, and I'm very glad to see that it's mostly fixed.

Assuming that you've got the file format correct (my fields are, as follows: Symbol;Date;Time;Open;High;Low;Close;Volume)- you should start up QuoteManager. I have read experiences of others having problems adding ASCII data for symbols that are pre-existing, so you may want to delete the offending symbols if MultiCharts added them automatically.

Go to Instrument -> Add Symbol -> Manually. Set Data Source: ASCII Mapping; and Symbol, Category, and Exchange as appropriate. Select OK. Highlight the symbol you just added. Right click it, select Import Data, ASCII. Point it to your data source, select OK, and it will read the file into the MultiCharts database. You should then be able to create your chart. It typically takes a few seconds for MultiCharts to read the data from QuoteManager's DB. I have had more success leaving QuoteManager open while running MultiCharts, but your mileage may vary.

I realize that this question was asked months ago, but I hope that it helps you, or someone else in your situation. The documentation on MultiCharts.NET is very sparse, so the more we write that's googleable for future generations, the better

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