How to Convert CSV to MetaStock Format

by Joshua Laud

Comma separated value (CSV) files are plain text files that store information as separated by commas. MetaStock, created by Equis International, is software developed for market analysis of stocks and shares. Equis produces three versions of the software for end-of-day traders, currency traders and real-time traders. Equis International is owned by Thomson Reuters. The MetaStock software has built-in capabilities to convert CSV files for use with MetaStock.

Step 1

Open the MetaStock DownLoader that came with MetaStock (see Resources for link; scroll to "Symbol Database Files" and download "The DownLoader").

Step 2

Click "Tools" and then "Convert."

Step 3

Select "ASCII TEXT" from the "File type" menu. CSV files are plain text, so this will import correctly.

Step 4

Click "Browse" and locate the CSV file on your hard drive that you want to convert.

Change "Destination" file type, if you want something other than "MetaStock." Click "OK" to begin conversion. Your data will now be ready for use in MetaStock.


About the Author

Joshua Laud started writing professionally in 2008. During his three years at University he worked freelance for various music publications including "Clash Magazine" and "total:spec," and online Data Transmission and Music is Art. Laud also specializes in technology writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of London.

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