Best Support and Resistance Indicator for MT4

Support and Resistance MT4

What’s the best support and resistance indicator for Metatrader 4 (MT4)?  If you’re like me, and you scan several pairs in the Forex market for trade setups,  then you have probably found it to be quite tedious at times to manually plot out your support and resistance lines.

Manually plotting out your support and resistance lines (or zones) is usually the best way to go, assuming you know how to properly plot them.  However, many good indicators have been developed that can handle this task pretty well.

The importance of incorporating support and resistance into your trading cannot be overstated, as the market usually has, at least, a brief interaction with any important support or resistance level.

Note: Price will sometimes race right through support or resistance levels like they don’t exist, especially in the Forex market.
 
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Horizontal support and resistance levels are not the only levels that you should be concerned with either; often, moving averages (e.g. , the 50, 100, and 200 SMA) will provide dynamic support and resistance, although these levels are far less dependable.  In addition, trend lines often act as support or resistance.

You don’t need to download anything (other than MT4) to plot out dynamic support and resistance or trend lines, as the default trading platform is equipped with moving average indicators that you can just drag onto your charts, as well as trend line drawing tools.  For the purpose of this article, we will focus on horizontal support and resistance indicators.

Best Support and Resistance Indicator for MT4

I personally plot all of my horizontal support and resistance levels manually, and I honestly believe that is the way to go.  However, if you use pivot points, there are a few good, free indicators that can automatically plot these points for you in MT4.  The best one that I’ve seen is vS_PivotsD (pictured below).

Best Support and Resistance Indicator
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Note: I’ve also added the newer version of the indicator, vS_PivotsD_v4. I like the original version of the indicator more, but I’m adding the newer version here now in case some of you prefer that one.

This handy indicator automatically plots your pivot point, based on the Daily chart or Fibonacci levels.  It plots the previous day’s high and low, S1-S3, R1-R3, and all of the mid-range support and resistance levels. It can even plot inner and outer Fibonacci levels for you.

One of the reasons I believe this is the best support and resistance indicator for MT4 is the fact that there are a ton of options to customize this indicator to your preferences.  There are 80+ fields that can be edited under the “Inputs” tab alone.

Support and Resistance Indicator for MT4

Don’t let the abundance of options scare you away from this indicator, though.  It’s actually very simple to implement, while still providing options to change colors, display positions, custom session times, etc…. I only had to change a few settings to get the display in the chart above.

After installing, you’ll probably want to bring up your period separators (Ctrl+Y), and make sure the indicator’s new day is aligned correctly.  If it needs to be adjusted, simply edit the “LocalTimeZone” or “DestTimeZone” variables.  The default settings were correct on my charts.

Installation Instructions:

  1. Download and extract the custom vS_PivotsD or vS_PivotsD_v4 indicator.
  2. Place it in your “Indicators” folder (File > Open Data Folder > MQL4Indicators).
  3. Restart MT4.
  4. Open your “Navigator” window, if it’s not already open (Ctrl+N).
  5. Drag the vS_PivotsD or vS_PivotsD_v4 indicator onto your chart.
  6. Adjust the settings and colors, if needed, and hit the “OK” button.

You may have to play around with the settings for a bit to get the appearance you’re looking for.  Although there are many options, the lesser-used features are set to “false” by default.  I recommend setting the “ShowPanel” and “ShowDayCandle” variables to “false” for a cleaner chart.

In my experience, this is the best support and resistance indicator for MT4.  There are other indicators available, but I haven’t found any of them to be very good. Hopefully, you guys will find this one useful. Let me know in the comments below.

118 thoughts on “Best Support and Resistance Indicator for MT4”

  1. Good Day

    Just came across this indicator have not used it yet BUT it looks promising , just wanted to fine out whether it gives alerts when the SR lines are touched ,

    Thanks
    John

    • This may be a silly question, but did you extract it (unzip it) before you placed it into your folder? If you did, check that you placed it into the correct folder (follow the instructions above).

      I just re-downloaded and installed this (version 4) on a couple of my MT4 platforms. It works fine for me. I’m using updated MT4 platforms (build 1065 at the time of writing this). I also tried it on a build 950 version. Worked fine there too.

      It could be your broker’s version of MT4, but that’s unlikely. It’s more likely that you did something wrong during installation. Have you changed your computer’s UAC settings lately? Use the instructions I outlined above to make sure you’re putting the file in the correct folder.

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    • Thanks for the very kind words, Pakamisa. I do my best. I’m happy to hear that this website has helped you. Thanks for reading and sharing. Stay tuned. I’ll be adding more features, reviews, and (of course) free educational articles in the near future.

  3. Dear Chris,
    Thanks for your valuable article but i confuse about time setting comments you said to correct. My meta 4 time automatically set on my local time what should I put ?? Take in consideration THAT I know nothing about programming . Please write to me what should I put in indicator inputs. Thanks in advance

    • If you hit Ctrl+Y in MetaTrader 4 you will pull up your period separators (if they’re not already visible on your chart). Once on your chart, make sure the indicator starts the period in alignment with your period separators. If it doesn’t, you can make adjustments in the settings of the indicator to compensate.

    • Sure. The levels like mR1 and mS1 are midway resistance and support levels. They are not as important as the regular levels in my experience.

      YH = yesterday’s high / YL = yesterday’s low

    • Hello, Souheil. The “m” is used to denote the median level. So mR2 is the middle level between R1 and R2. The middle levels in these pivot point calculations are not typically as strong. However, price commonly has at least some interaction with these “m” levels, which is why many traders prefer to plot them.

  4. Holy cow! I just downloaded this and on the first sight of EURUSD price on support I took a call on binary options….I’m in the money! Chris Chris Chris! What a thing u’ve done for me…..now I got to read this comments and got to ask…..what levels do you think hold the strongest on this template…medium SR or main SR or both….bless u

    • Hey, Ben! I’m glad I could help you. Both types of levels are relevant, however, the main levels are stronger. The middle levels are plotted because price often reverses or bounces off of those levels.

  5. hi chris, can you please post instructions on what to change in the “input” column in the settings of the indicator. the one posted here is different to the one i have downloaded from the modified fixed one.
    thanks

  6. Hi,

    Is there any way I can get something that can show the Suppport/Resistance levels on MT4 phone app? As I use this far more than I do on Desktop….

    Thanks

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