The Best Candlestick Pattern Indicator for MT4

Candlestick Pattern Indicator for MT4

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a candlestick pattern indicator for MT4 that could help you identify good candlestick signals? Well, there is. In fact, there are many.

The problem is most of them are terrible.

I recently tested a bunch of the most popular indicators of this kind to find out which is the best candlestick pattern indicator for MT4.

Personally, I don’t need an indicator to help me identify candlestick patterns anymore.

Also, since I apply my own filters to qualify good candlestick patterns, simply pointing out candlestick patterns isn’t necessarily very useful to me.

See one of the updated articles in my candlestick trading course to see what I mean.

However, when I first started trading candlestick patterns, a good candlestick pattern indicator for MT4 would have been very useful to me, so I figured some of you would find this useful.

The Best Candlestick Pattern Indicator for MT4

I chose the 3 indicators below after testing many candlestick pattern indicators for MT4. Many of the indicators I tested were junk. Others no longer worked.

The indicators that I could get working were ranked by their ability to identify strong reversal patterns.

Keep in mind that just because an indicator made it onto this list doesn’t mean that I’m endorsing it. In fact, I’m only recommending one of these indicators and even it isn’t perfect.

I’ll explain more below.

The screenshots used are from the same broker, timeframe, and section of the chart. My hope is that this provides a fair comparison.

Below are my top 3 picks, including the best candlestick pattern indicator for MT4 that I could find:

#3 Pattern Recognition Master

I noticed a few other websites recommending this indicator, so I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the hype.

The Pattern Recognition Master indicator claims to identify 10 popular candlestick patterns (5 bullish and 5 bearish patterns).

Each individual candlestick pattern can be turned on or off. Alerts for each individual pattern can be turned on or off as well.

It also has the option to set a separate color for each pattern.

Note: Of the 3 indicators listed on this page, this is the only one that allows you to assign a separate color to each candlestick pattern.

It uses abbreviated labels, which keeps the chart less cluttered, and includes an onscreen legend to help you identify each pattern that is highlighted.

Pattern Recognition Master
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Sounds good, right? So… what’s the problem?

Actually, there are several problems with this indicator that kept me from ranking it higher.

For instance, the indicator doesn’t identify the morning star or evening star patterns (including the doji star patterns which are the same thing) for some reason.

This indicator also seems to think almost anything with a long wick is a shooting star or hammer, regardless of how large the real body is.

It also doesn’t identify the hanging man or inverted hammer, although this is by design. As a result, it will label any hanging man as a hammer and any inverted hammer as a shooting star.

On a more general note, this indicator works on candlestick shapes alone – not context.

Candlestick patterns are useless if they are not traded within the proper context of the market.

#2 Candle Patterns Indicator

The next candlestick pattern indicator for MT4 is slightly better in terms of identifying patterns, although it falls short in every other aspect.

Candle Patterns Indicator was designed to identify over 30 popular candlestick patterns.

Unfortunately, you can’t turn each individual candlestick pattern on and off. Instead, you chose from strong reversals, weak reversals, continuations, and unclassified patterns.

You have to turn these patterns on or off in groups, which I found to be problematic (more on this later).

Morning star and evening star patterns are identified by this candlestick pattern indicator, which is an improvement over the previous indicator.

It can identify hanging man and inverted hammer patterns as well, so the hammer and shooting star patterns are identified more accurately.

Example: In the section of the chart pictured below, there were no hammer patterns. The indicator did not identify any hammer patterns, which is accurate.

Compare that to the previous chart, where 4 hammers where identified incorrectly.

It uses full labels (except with the morning star and evening star), which can look messy, but that’s just my personal preference.

Candle Patterns Indicator
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It’s not perfect, but so far there are no deal breakers, right? So why am I not recommending this indicator?

There are several serious problems with this candlestick pattern indicator that keep me from ranking it higher.

For instance, it considers the inverted hammer, hanging man, dark cloud cover, bullish piercing, and other weak to moderately strong patterns to be strong reversal patterns (which they are not).

Earlier, I mentioned that you can’t turn each pattern on or off individually, which means you’re stuck with this mix of strong and weak patterns no matter what you do to the settings.

If you’re new to candlestick trading, this could be confusing.

Just like the last indicator mentioned, this one also identifies candlestick patterns out of context, although it does a better job at identifying hammers and shooting stars.

Add to the fact the chart is already crowded, because the indicator has no option to use abbreviated labels, the labels also crowd the candlesticks that they’re identifying (see the image above).

This can make it difficult to, for instance, measure from the high or low of a candlestick using the measuring tool.

You also get random candlesticks with just an arrow and no label from time to time (see the image above – bottom right).

#1 Nison Candle Highlighter

This is the only indicator that I can recommend for identifying candlestick patterns. I believe it is, by far, the best candlestick pattern indicator for MT4.

Update: You can now read my full Nison Candle Highlighter review for more information about this indicator.

Steve Nison is THE authority on candlesticks. He is responsible for introducing Japanese candlestick trading to the Western world.

The Nison Candle Highlighter is designed to identify 28 candlestick patterns according to Steve’s own specifications, so you know the patterns are accurate.

It has the ability to turn each individual candlestick pattern on or off, so you can focus on just the patterns that you’re interested in trading.

You can use full or abbreviated labels (pictured below), so you can keep your charts uncluttered.

Nison Candle Highlighter
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The sales page has a legend that you could reference or print out if needed, although the abbreviated labels are pretty self-explanatory.

Example: -E = bearish engulfing pattern and +E = bullish engulfing pattern.

This is the most logical and elegant abbreviation system that I encountered while I was testing these candlestick pattern indicators.

As you can see from the image above, the labels don’t crowd the candlesticks either.

Okay, so enough about labels. How well does it identify candlestick patterns?

For starters, it actually identifies all 28 patterns that it’s designed to identify.

The Nison Candle Highlighter accurately identifies each candlestick pattern, as you might imagine, but it also identifies each candlestick pattern within the proper context of the market.

In other words, it won’t identify a hammer (bullish reversal pattern) after a bullish price movement. None of the other indicators that I tested could do that.

Of course, it’s not perfect.

For instance, if you look at the chart above you can see a couple of engulfing patterns that were nothing more than a small real body candlestick engulfing a doji or spinning top.

Although those are technically engulfing patterns, they aren’t worth considering because their size is so small relative to the previous candlesticks.

Final Thoughts

I tested many indicators to find the best candlestick pattern indicator for MT4. All of the free candlestick pattern indicators that I tested were terrible.

Most of them seemed to have a problem with their labels in one form or another, which may not be a big deal to you.

I like to keep my charts as clean as possible.

More importantly, the free indicators identified candlestick patterns on the shapes of the candlesticks alone.

They did not accurately identify candlestick patterns within the proper context of the market, which is crucial to candlestick trading.

There is no substitute for experience and actually learning to identify these candlestick patterns for yourself. However, an accurate candlestick pattern indicator could be very beneficial, especially to traders who are new to candlestick trading.

The Nison Candle Highlighter accurately identifies candlestick patterns within the proper context of the market, which is why I believe it’s easily the best candlestick pattern indicator for MT4.

26 thoughts on “The Best Candlestick Pattern Indicator for MT4”

  1. I agree as I’ve also tried most of the free candlestick pattern indicator and didn’t find it reliable. It also clutters the screen with its labels.
    I’ve given it up and decided to identify it myself, which is actually not that difficult after a while.

    • Thanks for the comment, Andrew. It’s unfortunate that the free indicators fall so short. I usually try to find free indicators to recommend on this site, but none of them were any good.

      It’s good that you’re identifying the patterns on your own. If you have the experience, that’s definitely the way to go.

        • Sorry for the late response, Ami. I get asked this question all the time. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The best timeframe to trade is the one(s) that consistently gives you the best results. What works for you will depend on the trading system that you are using and how much screen time you can commit to each day, among other things.

    • Thanks for the comment, Craig. I’m glad you’re enjoying the website. I am a fulltime trader and I’m consistently profitable, although trading is not my only source of income.

    • I downloaded and tested all of these candlestick pattern indicators last year. It’s possible that there have been updates, but I didn’t write the article 11 years ago. Of course, the Nison Candle Highlighter is updated from time to time when necessary because it’s a premium (pay-to-use) indicator.

  2. Hello all. It good to be here,it nice candlestick info. am searching for the mean to identify the point where high or low will begin in the candlestick before the candlestick close.

    • I’m not sure if I understand your question, but there’s no way to determine exactly where a candlestick will close before it actually happens. Lots of movement can and does happen in the last few minutes or seconds before a candlestick closes. That’s why we don’t base candlestick trades on open candlesticks. If that wasn’t your question, please clarify.

    • I would recommend checking out Steve Nison. He’s the authority on candlestick trading in the West and has several books out. I’ve used a lot of his courses and software. They’re good. He’s got a free basic course here as well.

      In case you haven’t already found it, I also have a free price action course on this site that doesn’t require a signup or anything. Just free information. The stuff I teach there is based largely on what I’ve learned trading Steve Nisons techniques over the years, along with some of my own insight and techniques.

  3. Hi bro. Thanks for your web, there is valuable information on it 🙂
    I am learning about Forex. Apart your excelent free course, Which premium courses do you recommend? Thanks…

    • Hi. Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you’re finding this site useful.

      As far as premium courses, I usually recommend DTFL to everyone. It teaches a really good day trading technique and there is a lot of ongoing education with that membership.

      If you decide to sign up for DTFL, be sure to check out my review page. I’ve worked out a deal with the owner to save my readers some money with a discount code.

      Good luck with your trading and thanks for reading!

  4. Just saw your site. The Nilson #1 is too expensive w/o being able to try before buying; the advantage of #2 is it’s FREE (thanks for the D/L). But when put on a chart, it gives a deluge of warnings in the experts tab: “Candle Patterns Indicator: not initialized string”.

    Do you happen to have the code (.mq4 file) for this? If so I would be happy to fix that, and add options for display each pattern type.

    • You can try it for a month for $69 (at the time of me writing this). That’s not too expensive.

      The only files I have for the 2 free options are the ones you can download from this page. I wrote this a while back. They were working then. That’s another advantage of the Nison indicator, i.e., they keep it updated.

      Sorry. Good luck!

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