MACD Metatrader 4 Forex Indicator

MACD is short for moving average convergence/divergence, it is one of the most popular Metatrader 4 forex indicators and used in a lot of forex trading strategies and trading systems.

The indicator is composed of two exponential moving averages and one simple moving average with default period set to 9.

The MACD oscillator fluctuates above and below the zero level.

The trend is considered to be bullish when the MACD is trading above the zero line and considered to be bearish when it is trading below the zero line.

This indicator is used for scalping, day trading, swing trading and position trading.

It is used for all forex pairs including majors, cross pairs and exotics.

Free Download

Download the “MACD.mq4” MT4 indicator

Example Chart

The EUR/USD H1 chart below shows the MACD forex indicator in action.

Basic Trading Signals

MACD trading signals are simple to interpret and goes a follows:

Buy Trade: Go long when the indicator trades above the zero level from below, trend changes from bearish to bullish.

Sell Trade: Go short when the indicator trades below the zero level from aboce, trend changes from bullish to bearish.

Tip: Sometimes the MACD indicator is also used to trade divergences between MACD and price.


Download the “MACD.mq4” Metatrader 4 indicator

MT4 Indicator Characteristics

Currency pairs: Any

Platform: Metatrader 4

Type: chart pattern indicator

Customization options: Variable (Fast EMA Period, Slow EMA Period, Signal SMA Period) Colors, width & Style.

Time frames: 1-Minute, 5-Minutes, 15-Minutes, 30-Minutes, 1-Hour, 4-Hours, 1-Day, 1-Week, 1-Month

Type: Oscillator


Copy and paste the MACD.mq4 indicator into the MQL4 indicators folder of the Metatrader 4 trading platform.

You can access this folder from the top menu as follows:

File > Open Data Folder > MQL4 > Indicators (paste here)