How to Create Custom Time Frames in MetaTrader 4

MetaTrader 4 Custom Timeframes

Have you ever wanted to create your own custom time frames in MetaTrader 4? I’m going to show you how to do just that with a cool, easy-to-use MT4 period converter. Creating custom chart periods is easy with the free MetaTrader 4 platform.

MetaTrader 4 is an award winning Forex trading platform and is the most popular trading platform on the market today. With MetaTrader 4 (MT4), you can create custom trading robots called Expert Advisors (EAs), and you can automatically backtest trading strategies.

Users of MetaTrader 4 also enjoy a community of traders that program and freely share their own EAs. In fact, most of the custom indicators, scripts, and Expert Advisors are built and distributed by this tech savvy user community. Almost anything can be found, and just about any trading strategy can be programmed.

Even with all its flexibility, MetaTrader 4 does have its limitations. For one, constant volume charts (also known as tick charts) aren’t available for MT4 by default. I’ve written an article on how to create tick charts in MT4, but I’m still keeping my eye out for a more practical solution.

I still haven’t found a single tick chart solution that doesn’t have to be rebuilt each time the custom tick chart or the MetaTrader 4 platform is closed. If you switch between profiles often, then something like that is simply not practical.

That being said, there are some features that MetaQuotes (creators of MT4) overlooked that can be implemented fairly easily, and without a big headache from a practical standpoint. One such feature that we can add is custom time frames, using a simple custom indicator for MT4 called a period converter.

Note: MetaTrader 4 comes with a PeriodConverter script, but it has to be reapplied to your charts every time you restart the platform. The indicator downloaded from this page does not need to be reapplied to your charts after each restart.

Use the 7-step process below to create custom time frames in MT4:

Create Custom Chart Times with this Easy-to-Use MT4 Period Converter Indicator

Step 1 – Download the custom P4L PeriodCon 509 indicator.

Step 2 – Move the extracted file to your Indicators folder (File > Open Data FolderMQL4 > Indicators).

Step 3 – Start or restart MetaTrader 4.

Step 4 – Open a chart of the currency pair that you would like to make a custom time frame for.

Step 5 – Open your “Navigator” window (Ctrl+N), if it’s not already open, and drag the custom MT4 period converter onto your desired chart.

MT4 Period Converter

Step 6 – Adjust your settings under the “Inputs” tab, if needed and click “OK”. The only setting that most of you will need to adjust is the value for the “PeriodMultiplier” variable.

Note: Under the “Common” tab, make sure “Allow DLL imports” is checked or else this indicator will not work.

In the picture above, the “PeriodMultiplier” variable is set to a value of 2. This number can be changed to whatever you like. The chart that you apply this indicator to will be multiplied by this number.

Example: If you apply the MT4 period converter with the setting of 2 (above) to a 5 minute chart, this would produce a 10 minute chart. If you change “PeriodMultiplier” to 4, that same 5 minute chart will produce a 20 minute chart.

You can also add multiple instances of the indicator to one chart. In other words, you could create your 10 minute and 20 minute chart from the same 5 minute chart. You would just have to add two of the period converter indicators to your original 5 minute chart.

Custom Chart Times MT4

Step 7 – To use your custom time frames in MetaTrader 4, you must find and open them. All of your custom time frames can be found in your offline charts (File > Open Offline). See the picture above.

Navigate to and open your newly created custom time frames (see the picture below). Your new custom chart times will stay active, as long as the original chart (the one that you applied the MT4 period converter to) stays open.

Custom Time Frames MT4

Important! You must keep the original chart(s) open (the ones that you applied the indicator to) or else your newly created custom time frames will not update in real time.

How I Trade with this MT4 Period Converter

If I’m setting up my charts to trade a multiple time frame strategy, I could create groups of 3 custom time frames that are 3 periods apart from each other. Something like this: GBPUSD 8 Hours – 1 Day – 3 Days (8 Hours x 3 = 1 Day x 3 = 3 Days).

To accomplish this, I open a GBPUSD chart and select the 4-Hour default time frame in MetaTrader 4. Then I apply the custom MT4 period converter to my 4-Hour time frame with the “PeriodMultiplier” variable set to 2. This creates an 8-Hour custom time frame.

Since the 1-Day time frame is available by default, I simply need to open a new GBPUSD chart and set it to D1. Next, I apply a second instance of the custom MT4 period converter to my original 4-Hour chart. This time I set the “PeriodMultiplier” to 18, which produces a 3-Day chart.

Note: I could also apply the custom period converter to my 1-Day chart and set the “PeriodMultiplier” to 3 to produce a 3-Day chart.

Now, I have a short, medium, and long time frame group for swing trading setups. Lastly, I would save this as a separate profile for this currency, and call it something like GBPUSD 8H-D1-D3 or GBPUSD Swing Trade.

This way I can open other charts and profiles, but you can always come back to my custom GBPUSD profile without having to go through these steps again. I personally use a separate profile for each currency and relative time frame (e.g., GBPUSD Short, GBPUSD Medium, GBPUSD Swing Trade, etc…).

Note: Although this custom MT4 period converter is a big improvement over the default script, it can still be resource hungry when many custom charts are open at once. Setting up groups of custom chart times in separate profiles can save you some headaches, and your CPU will thank you.

Multiple time frame trading is a popular technique. It’s great for timing entry triggers and making fractal energy observations.

In the past, I used these custom chart period groups in MT4 regularly, so I figured you might find this guide helpful.  Now you know how to create your own custom time frames for MetaTrader 4 by using this free MT4 period converter. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. I’m happy to answer them.

120 thoughts on “How to Create Custom Time Frames in MetaTrader 4”

    • I’ve used them on offline charts before, but I’ve heard it both ways. I guess it depends on the EA. If it’s an EA that just needs to be run on the chart you are using, you could always just open another regular chart for your pair to run the EA on. 

      Also, the reason people usually say that EA’s don’t work on offline charts is because the offline charts don’t receive tick data, but this period converter gives the offline charts that you create tick data, so… I think most EA’s should work.

      Do you see what I’m saying? You are essentially creating active, custom charts out of offline charts using the period converter. My guess is that any EA should work on these. The few that I use do.

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      • Hi Chris,
        You mean I must open regular chart with EA if I want to use offline chart with EA? For example, if I want to use 2 hour chart with EA, I should open 1 hour chart with EA? It this case, EA is working for what chart? 1 hour or 2 hours?

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  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks, this indicator is really useful.

    Do you know if there is an indicator where you can pick the time you want the period to start? e.g. I would like to set up a 12 hour period and have it starting at 9am and 9pm, instead of 0:00 and 12:00

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    • Yes. This updated indicator (on this page) has a time shift feature. Take a look at the options under the “Inputs” tab. You can see them all in the first image of this article (not including any ads). You should be able to do what you are wanting to do with this indicator.

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  2. thanks for the converter. does the offline chart need to be continually refreshed or will it update just like a regular chart? I can’t seem to get it to give me real time data without refreshing.

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    • It gives you real time data (no need to refresh), but you have to keep the base chart open. In other words, if you’re multiplying a 5M chart by 4 to get a 20M chart, you have to keep the 5M chart open (with the converter attached).

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  3. Go to scripts in mt4 and there is exactly the same period converter that you can drag on to your chart , then open offline chart with converted time.

    YOU CAN HAVE TICK CHARTS ON MT4

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    • Hello Damien,

      Thanks for commenting. The PeriodConverter script that comes with Metatrader 4 has to be reapplied every time you start the platform up again. The indicator on this page doesn’t need to be reapplied each time.

      As for your second statement, I’ve created an article on how to create tick charts in MT4, but that is not a default feature. Of course, I’m talking about full tick (also known as constant volume) bar or candlestick charts – not the little tick chart in your order window.

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  4. Hi Chris: I have download the period converter and for some reason my platform is stuck. I can not click other window. How do I get rid off the offline window? Thanks

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      • Hi Chris i just tried the period converter, i checked the common tab but did not see what you said should be cleard before the converter works, i mean the confirm DLL fuction calls

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        • Yeah. Sorry about that. I recently updated this article. There were still some old instructions for the original indicator that was downloadable from this page, although I had already switched the download to a new, working indicator. I hope you got it working anyway.

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  5. This period indicator does not seem to work on the new build 604. Any advice to make it operational? I want to activate my Renko Charts on a 2 minute offline chart.

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    • Dave, sorry for the late response. I had to update this page with a working indicator recently. It should work for you now. I hope you haven’t given up.

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  6. Hi I am having problems with getting this indicator to work on my MT4 I put it in the experts/ indicator file close and reopen my MT4 see it on the customized list of indicators put when I click on it or drag it nothing happens? please help?

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  7. I found the answer on a different blog: Because of the new mt4 upgrade to 600+ i think thats why its not working.. But the period converter thats in the code base of your mt4 platform work .. Its under the scripts section .. I just tried it out and works ..

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    • Hello Jon,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the PeriodConverter script that comes with Metatrader 4 needs to be reapplied to your charts each time you reopen the platform. The new indicator that I’ve uploaded to this page does not need to be reapplied, and it works in the newest builds of MT4 as well.

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  8. After add period converter example 2 hours, go to another profile 4 hours chats and come back to 2 hours charts profile, offline charts are not showing real time data. Again need to reload(drag period converter) to see real time data. Is any other ways offline charts still updated without reload period converter indicator

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    • You always have to use offline charts when creating new timeframes, but they should work just like your regular charts. As far as switching profiles goes… I do this all the time without a problem.

      1. Make sure you’re using the custom MT4 period converter from this page – NOT the PeriodConverter script that comes with MT4.

      2. Make sure you save your profiles, and be sure you’ve included the original chart that has the custom period converter attached to it.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you’re still having trouble.

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  9. It’s so frustrating that MT4 creates a distinction between ‘standard’ timeframes, that can be opened immediately, and timeframes that are created by a script into a datafile.
    I am trading on multiple currencies, and my main EA takes decisions by looking at different distances to the market, I need at least 3 timeframes for each currency. When I realised that an indicator is able to take any of the enumerated timeframes BUT returns 0 if it’s not M1, M5, M15, M30, H1 etc, I was so disappointed. MT4 isn’t even able to return an error message to state the chart isn’t available.
    This article is very, very useful. Thank you.

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    • EAs work with offline charts, you just need to go to the chart Properties (F8) and deselect the “Offline chart” box under the “Common” tab. For some reason Metaquotes added this checkbox a few years back. Just uncheck it, and everything should work like it used to.

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      • Chris, I have unchecked the “offline chart” box and the EA works find, but if I change my profile or close the platform I lose all the “offline chart” price data when I return. The offline chart turns into a standard H1 chart. Any idea on how to keep the box unchecked while saving the information during profile switching?

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  10. Ok, I have now imported this custom indicator into my Oanda MT4. If I attach it to a chart, nothing happens. No error message. No message in logs.
    Is it really compatible with MT4? as I see it was written in 2005.

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    • Hello again Sylvain. Yes… the old indicator I had up on this page stopped working with some of the newer builds of Metatrader 4. I’ve updated this page a few times, though. The current indicator is working fine in the newest builds.

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  11. Hi, I have MT4 build 765 using the built in periodconverter script. The problem is the script gets removed when I close the platform. Is there a way to keep it on the chart when closing and reopening MT4?
    Thanks in advance

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    • I know I confused some folks, because I was recommending that traders temporarily use the built-in PeriodConverter in MT4 while I found a suitable replacement for the old indicator I had up here. Unfortunately, the built-in script has to be reapplied to your charts each time your reopen the platform, or even switch profiles. The new indicator that I’ve added to this page fixes that problem.

      Hopefully Metaquotes will add a built-in period converter indicator in the future, so that I does not need to be reapplied over and over. Better yet, let us just create custom time frames by default.

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      • thanks for the reply. Its been a while since I’ve used that script, but I sure thought it stayed when opening and closing the platform. And thanks for the conformation I’m not going bonkers… yes hopefully this will get fixed. Maybe removing this script on close is by design, anyway to confirm that?

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        • You’re right… the old indicator that was on this page was basically the built-in MT4 period converter script that someone had turned into an indicator. It used to remain attached to a chart after reopening, because it was an indicator.

          All scripts are removed from your charts when you close charts, switch profiles, or exit the platform. I’m not sure why they don’t just allow you to keep scripts attached to your charts. Sometimes I think they don’t want it to work too well, because they want us to switch to MT5.

          I would be fine with that, BTW, if I could get the few indicators and EAs that I need to work in MT5. My broker needs to support it too, because I want to continue trading from my charts.

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  12. Good news! I found a script that doesn’t need to be reapplied each time you open MT4. I’ve uploaded it to the site, and linked to it in the updated article.

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  13. yep, script dropping is a pain – Have set up snapshots of 12 charts each with a different pair as an overview on M3, based on M1 multiplier of 3, and have to reload script on all 12 charts. I would be interested on updates if this is solved.
    Just spotted your update Chris THANKS

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    • Yes. It can be. I address that in my updated article. I only group 3 time frames for a single currency in each of my profiles.

      You probably just have too many charts open at once. You might try saving a handful of them in separate profiles or something similar.

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    • No. Sorry. There was a script floating around, but it was impractical for me to use. You had to let the script rebuild the chart every time you restarted MT4. I may eventually try to find it again (or something similar), and put it up on the site.

      Edit: I’ve added a tutorial on how to create custom tick charts in Metatrader 4.

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  14. yes too many charts open! (the P4L ….. 509 indicator).
    I am just after a market overview various pairs so I can quickly zero in on what I wish to trade.
    Hi Chris, Had to open up data files and set aside half of the charts at a time in the profile so I could re-open platform and regain control to do adjustments. My indicator set up also resource hungry.
    A little bit here and a little bit there have optimised everything.
    I have adjusted the refresh rate to 3000 ms, stripped all my charts down to bare minimums, and split one profile into 2 – and now it is acceptable.
    Thanks for pointing out the indicator in pref to the script. too many charts to refresh the script each time. You have provided really good service to people over many years – champion!

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  15. Hello.
    Do you have any experience with renko charts? On old versions I could just add a renko ea on 1m chart and would automatically generate m2 offline with renko chart) but since the new version the ea doesn’t generate m2 and when I use the scrip to generate m2, renko is missing.
    Thanks

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  16. Thankyou Chris really easy to use and set-up. I was getting annoyed with having to re set it up every time I restarted mt4. Now I just wish metatraders had better data feeds lol but that would be wishing too far. Really helpful tool mate 🙂

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    • Thanks for the kind words, Jono. Yes, it’s annoying to reapply the script over and over again. I’m glad I found this one, and I’m glad you found this article useful.

      I agree on data feeds. Although, for the kind of trading that I do (mostly swing trading), I doubt that I would see much improvement with a better feed.

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  17. Hi Chris,

    Any idea as to why when using P4L PeriodCon 509 when using 1 minute data and creating say 30 or 60 min data, the data created starts at 10:00 am and ends at 23:00 pm? Where is the rest of the hours between 23:00pm and 10:00 am?

    Thanks,
    Ross

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    • I have no idea. I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered that problem. It’s not necessary to use the 1 Minute chart to get accurate results with this indicator. Just apply it to a longer time frames, if you need to, to get longer custom time frames.

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    • Are you checking “Allow DLL imports”? I’m not sure what the problem is. Try the built-in script in MT4. If you can get that to work, this should also work.

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  18. It does not work.
    When compiling there is an error in line 1030 ” ‘gwstr’ – parameter conversion not allowed

    MT4 Build 840

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    • Hello Mark,

      Thanks for commenting. If you’re compiling, you didn’t download the indicator from this site. I’ve uploaded the ex4 precisely so we wouldn’t have to compile. The mq4 file doesn’t work. The ex4 file still works on the newest mt4 builds. Just download the indicator from this page, delete or remove the one you have in your MT4 installation, and you should be good to go.

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    • I didn’t have the mq4 file before, but I found it recently. If anyone wants to try and update it for us, leave me a comment. I’ll send it to the email address you use.

      FYI, the ex4 file still works for now. I’m still using it.

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  19. Converting a m1 Chart to a e.g. m10 Chart worked very well. How can I store the new m10 data list as a csv-file? (when pressing F2 always the timeframes of the historical data of the Broker will appear, missing m10).
    Please help.

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    • The script and indicator mentioned above both create modified offline charts. I guess, when exporting to a csv file, offline charts are not available. I’m not really sure if that’s the problem, but that would be my guess. I’ve never tried to do this.

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  20. Hi,

    I found so useful this period converter, thank you.
    My only problem, that I do not know how can I use this for EA in offline charts?
    There is not possible to select M2 timeframe in the Strategy Tester built-in MT4.

    Can you help me?
    Thank you!

    Kind regards,
    Attila

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    • Sorry Attila. I’m not sure. Have you tried deselecting the “Offline chart” checkbox under “Common” in your offline chart’s Properties (F8)?. You may have to manually backtest strategies involving your custom time frames.

      I think you can use custom functions to get desired time frames in your EA, but I really don’t know how that would work in backtesting. I’ve never personally used Strategy Tester with any seriousness. I’ve always been a manual trader.

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  21. Many thanks for your work, Chris! One question I have though – how could I create multiple offline charts in parallel (all at once), when just applying the indicator to a 1Minute chart once? I have a high number of currency pairs I would like to have created many offline charts against, though I would like to find a way to accomplish the same with just dragging the indicator to a 1-minute chart once, not having to re-apply the indicator each time and then having to manually enter the new time-frame for the offline chart. Can this be accomplished in some way?

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    • Hello Revald,

      You can apply the indicator to your 1 Minute chart multiple times. For instance, you can apply the indicator and change the multiplier to 10 to get a 10 Minute chart, and then apply the indicator again, to the same chart, and change the multiplier to 20 to get a 20 Minute chart.

      As far as not having to re-apply the indicator each time, once you set it up once the way you need it, just save that setup as a profile. That way you can switch away to other chart setups and always come back to that setup without redoing anything.

      Keep in mind that using this indicator to create many custom time frames at once can slow down MetaTrader 4, so it’s helpful to split your charts into groups in separate profiles if you use many charts. For instance, make a separate profile for your EURUSD, GBPUSD, etc., or separate them by short, medium, and long time frames.

      I hope that helps. Good luck!

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  22. Hey Chris,

    Thanks for supplying this custom indicator as it is exactly what I have been looking for. Do you have any documentation on how to apply the other inputs in using it. The reason I ask, is that I’m trying to change the candle open time as per one of the earlier comments above, and I’ve been playing around with the time shift and candle shift without much luck. Nt sure what I should be doing here or exactly how it works. I’m also curious about the other settings that refer to inverted etc. Thanks.

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    • Hey Jim,

      I’m glad you found this indicator useful. I didn’t create this indicator, so I’m not sure about documentation. You can shift time by hour and minute with TimeShiftAdd_in_HptMM (1.3 = 1 Hour and 30 Minutes forward), or you can shift time by bars with TimeShiftAdd_in_Bars (-2 = 2 bars backward).

      I’m not sure about the inverted output feature. That may have something to do with exporting your history. You’ll have to play around with it.

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  23. Avoid this BS indicator. Crashed my MT4 cannot get my charts and settings back. Freezes and locks up immediately. This converter/indicator is garbage. dont waste your time with this. Just trade the charts MT4 offers you,

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    • Hey Jo,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry you’re having a problem. After reading your comment, I downloaded this indicator again and installed it. Everything is working fine, as usual, so it sounds like it’s an issue on your end – maybe a conflict between MT4 and another one of your installed programs.

      You could try to reapply this indicator to a fresh install of MT4 after backing up your templates and other indicators.

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  24. hi Chris, i have done everything as your guide but when i fresh my chart it still look the same, what happen? I actually wanted to have 2hour chart but MT4 doen’t has it, so find that your add on indicator will be very usefu for me but unfortunately it i don’t get as what you guide. please advice thanks

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    • Hello emma,

      I just redownloaded the indicator to make sure everything is working right and it is, so it would appear to be an issue on your end.

      I think it’s probably one of two things. When you said, “I fresh my chart” it makes me think that you believe the indicator changes the chart you apply it to, but that’s not the case.

      1. Be sure to see Step 7. It’s a little farther down than the rest of the steps. In that step, I explain that, after applying the indicator to your chart, you need to find and open your newly created custom chart by going to your offline charts (File > Open Offline).
      Scroll down to the currency that you applied the indicator to and your custom chart should be in that list (Example: GBPUSD, H2).

      2. If you already went through all 7 steps, it’s possible that you missed an important setting. On the chart that you applied the indicator to, bring up your indicators list (Ctrl+I). Select the P4L PeriodCon 509 indicator and click “Edit” to bring up the original menu you saw when dragging the indicator onto your chart. Alternately, you can just delete the indicator and reapply it again.

      Under the “Common” tab, make sure “Allow DLL imports” is checked. If it isn’t checked this indicator will not work.

      Let me know if one of these steps solves the issue for you.

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  25. Thank you Chris.

    I have been a silent reader but I truly appreciate you sharing all this. All your MT4 EA and Indicators have helped me a lot as well as your guide to import data to ForexTester.

    Keep up the good work.

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    • Hey sara,

      Thanks for the kind words and for reading. I’m glad I’ve been able to help you. You’re using Forex Tester, so it sounds like you’re on the right track. Good luck!

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  26. Hi Chris,

    Thank you very much for sharing this excellent tool.
    I’m trying to use this tool for backtesting purposes where I want to use historical data from an external source. I set up a fresh MT4 instance, connect to a demo account once and then block the connection by defining a non-existing proxy server.
    Now via the History center, I delete any history data still in memory and use the import button to import my M1 historical data (CSV file).

    After this, I restart MT4 and use the period converter script to create M5, M15, H1, H4, D1 and W1 data from the M1 data. I also tried to use your tool for this job, as it would potentially save a lot of time running the script time and time again.

    Unfortunately the indicator gives the error messages: “No offline chart because it already exists: EURUSD,M5 (shift 0min)”. I checked the offline chart window (“open offline”) which shows only the M1 chart.

    Is there a workaround for this? I do realize that I’m trying to use the tool for something it was not designed to do!
    Thanks, David

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    • Hey David,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I didn’t create this indicator. I just shared it here for you guys because I found it useful. There may be a workaround for what you’re trying to do. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience doing what you’re trying to do.

      Sorry, I can’t be more helpful. Good luck!

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  27. Hi Chris,
    I am trying to set up an EA that runs on 10 pairs and 6 different TFs, which includes 4 offline charts. I have been using your indicator to set up the offline charts, and in doing so it is by far the best indicator I have seen. However, my EA is not taking any trades on the offline charts. My coder has told me that the EA is not receiving the tick data on the offline chart so it is not able to take the trade. During the set up I have restarted MT4 many times, when I restarted MT4 should I reload your indicator onto the charts? I don’t understand the EA not receiving the tick data as I can see price changing on the offline charts. Any help you give me is much appreciated.

    Fergal.

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    • It’s not my indicator, Fergal. Some EAs work on offline charts and some don’t. It has to do with the code of your EA. A couple of years ago, MT4 got an update from Ansi to Unicode. I’m not a coder, so I don’t know much more than that. If your EAs are using the outdated method of generating a fake tick, they probably will not work.

      You could try to de-select the “Offline chart” checkbox in the chart properties (F8) of your offline charts. That sometimes works. Aside from that, your EAs need to be updated.

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    • Hello, mito. I haven’t used this in a while. I’ll have to take a look at in when the market re-opens.

      Update: This still works. You did something wrong. Make sure you don’t close the chart you applied this indicator to. In other words, if you applied this indicator to the 1-Minute chart to create a 2-Minute chart, you can’t close the original 1-Minute chart or else your new 2-Minute chart will not update.

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  28. Hello Chris,
    Can i possibly create a 3min chart with this and set it with indicators that have alerts?
    Would it work?
    Also what will be the timing between the chart and real data updates?

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    • Yes, Victor, you can multiply a 1-Minute chart by 3 with this indicator and add any other indicators you want. The timing, as far as I know, is instantaneous or nearly so. There’s not enough of a delay that it would ever affect your trading in any case.

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  29. I have gone through the above mentioned procedure and now I have H4, M3 and M2 charts on my Mt4 platform. But actually it does not update and the chart does not move. I wonder if there is any way to update the chart? If not what is the use of outdated chart?

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    • I just tried this indicator again on the latest build (1090). I downloaded this indicator and installed it per the directions on this page. It works for me. My created charts update in real time. You’re doing something wrong. Remember, you have to keep the chart(s) that you attach this indicator to open or else your created charts will not update.

      “Your new custom chart times will stay active, as long as the original chart (the one that you applied the MT4 period converter to) stays open.”

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  30. Hi, thanks for the indicator 🙂
    I just have problem when I apply the indicator on the monthly chart and try to create 3, 4 or 6 month timeframes….it keeps creating a candle non stop……….

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    • I’m not sure why it does that. I never noticed it before. The longest time frame that I’ve applied it to is the Daily chart to make a 3-Day chart.

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  31. Thank you Chris. I definitely need time frame converter. Your program is very useful. If I couldn’t find it, I paid to fake developer. Thank you so much again.

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  32. Hi Chris,
    I reviewed some comments about time frame converter. I am still curious. If I makes EA working at offline chart , do you think I must open the regular chart with EA first? For example, if I want to use 2 hour offline chart with EA, I must open 1 hour chart with EA? In this case, EA is working on what chart? 1 hour or 2 hours?

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  33. Hi,

    I’ve had this indicator for a while, but it seems to be factoring in the weekend when there is no trading.

    For example, I want to create 2 Day charts but it’s factoring in the weekend days of no trading activity, so it’s not accurate. So for example; Friday and Saturday will produce just the “Friday” daily candle instead of the “Friday + Monday” candle.

    Ive been using it by opening a daily chart and then change the multiplier by “2”.

    I’ve also tried it by opening a 1 hour chart and changing multiplier by “48”, but the result is the same.

    Am I missing something?

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    • Hey John,

      This indicator cannot create ticks where your broker has none, so it sounds like the weekend data issue is a broker issue.

      As for your “Friday + Monday” candle comment: You don’t want that anyway. A combined-day candle chart is wrong. MT4 brokers were known for doing that stupid stuff in the past, but most use charts with a 5-daily-candle week these days.

      That’s how it should be. It depends on the kind of trading you’re doing, but it’s extremely important in certain trading methods, like candlestick trading, to use 5-daily-candle charts with NY close on the Friday candle.

      Like I mentioned, most MT4 brokers do use the correct charts these days. If your broker doesn’t, don’t use their charts for trading decisions. Just use them for order entry. You’re just shooting yourself in the foot using bad charts. You can always use another broker’s demo for charting if you still want to use this indicator.

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  34. how can run micro time frame like 5 seconds chart using backtest with fast speed,
    i have FlexiChart_2.0.ex4 expert can run micro time frame using backtest but is not fast and take cpu, and i have FX Blue – Custom Timeframe Generator.ex4 not work with backtest but is really fast on live
    plz help to find any good solution for backtest
    thank you

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    • I’m not familiar with either of those EAs. To be honest, I’m not the person to ask about MT4’s backtesting feature. I’ve always done manual trading and manual backtesting myself.

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  35. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the indicator. i just have a problem. when i make a quarterly time frame. 2x of 1 month. the candles dont start from the beginning of the month. it starts from 14th, 25th or something random. how can i fix this please? i hope you are still following up with this post 🙂

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  36. HI, Chris.. I am having an issue where the new offline chart doesn’t ever advance any new candles in real time. I dragged the converter to USD/JPy 1 hr and set up to multiply 12 with advance of 1 and then go to offline chart and open USD/JPY offline 12 H +1 chart and all loads, but the chart never moves forward. I always keep the original chart up that the converter script is using. Please help me get this working as this could make or break my strategy. Thanks a bunch in advance.

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    • If you followed the instructions exactly and the indicator is not working for you, that means Metaquotes updated MT4 in a way that broke the indicator again. In the past, I’ve edited the code to get it to work, but that can take a long time. I don’t have that kind of time right now. You’re welcome to give it a shot.

      Edit: It’s working for the guy below you… at least he’s getting his custom charts to display.

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  37. Chris, I have unchecked the “offline chart” box and the EA works find, but if I change my profile or close the platform I lose all the “offline chart” price data when I return. The offline chart turns into a standard H1 chart. Any idea on how to keep the box unchecked while saving the information during profile switching?

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    • It sounds like you’re not saving your profile again after getting your charts the way you want them. If you don’t, they will revert back to their last saved state.

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  38. Thanks for this awesome article.
    Please, what’s the Entry point for;
    – 1hr
    -2hr
    – 4hr
    For all day trading Sir.
    Thanks

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    • Hello Joyce,

      I’m not sure what you mean by “entry point.” Are you asking for tips on entry triggers. In other words, are you asking for advice on trade setups?

      If so, a large portion of this site is dedicated to that answer, and it’s not something that I could explain in one answer to your comment.

      However, price action is a good starting point for learning trade entries. Even if you don’t ultimately use price action for entry triggers, it’s still good to understand the concepts. They may give you clues that help you in the future, regardless of what trading system you end up using.

      I have a free price action course on this website. You can find it from the homepage, or just click here.

      If that’s not what you meant, please give me more details.

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  39. Hi Chris. I was really excited to find your indicator. I use 2, 8, 6, and 12 hour charts so MT4 vanilla is pretty useless to me.

    However, your indicator doesn’t seem to work.

    Here’s the message I get after applying it to a 1-hour chart with a PeriodMultiplier of “2”:

    //
    P4L PeriodCon 509,GBPJPY,H1 :Do File->Open_Offline of chart: GBPJPY,H2 (offline) (Time shifted 0min) and KEEP this Source H1 OPEN!
    //

    However, the chart still shows “H1” and the chart data looks exactly like my other vanilla 1-hour chart. Seems to have done nothing.

    I’d love to get it to work. Any ideas?

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    • Honestly, this indicator probably doesn’t work with your version of MT4. I didn’t create this indicator, but I used to update the code from time to time to make sure it was compatible with the latest versions of MT4. I haven’t had time to do that lately.

      It’s fairly simple to do, though. MetaEditor will tell you which lines are conflicting with the new version. If that’s too difficult for you, you can always pay a programmer to update it for you.

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  40. Hello Chris, thank you for your hint in regards to the period converter. I would have the following question regarding timeframes: I know it is possible to create a 10 day chart ( timeframe ) with the period converter tool and it just works fine. Due to a specific trading strategy I would need a “10 day and 30 minutes” timeframe. A coach showed it on the platform thinkorswim, which he is using, but claims that the trading strategy would work on any platform which can trade forex. My question: Is there any way to create such 10days 30 minutes timeframe on the MT4?

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    • Sure, Kris. You could just apply the period converter to a 30 minute chart and change the multiplier to 481. 10 days and 30 minutes = 14430 minutes / your 30 minute chart = 481.

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  41. Hi Chris, Thank you for sharing your P4L PeriodCon 509 indicator. I downloaded it and it works perfect, which means I do not have to download all the indicators daily on the offline graph. Regards

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  42. I followed the directions. Yet, my H2 Period looks exactly like my H1 after loading the indicator and choosing the DLL option in Inputs. If you can help with what may have gone wrong… Thanks!

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    • Sorry for the late response. Had to be back at my home computer to check this out. Works fine for me. You must have done something wrong.

      Keep in mind that this does not work for MT5 – only MT4. You need to keep the chart open that you applied the indicator on and keep it on the time period you want multiplied as well.

      Sounds like you were expecting the indicator to modify the chart you applied it to, but it doesn’t work that way. It creates a new chart for you to open.

      The new chart you created will be in File > Open Offline. It’s all there in the instructions above. Just double check everything.

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