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.

Step 5

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.