Make Your Own MACD Crossover Strategy with MetaTrader 5 and Python

James Hinton
8 min readMar 17
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You’ll be generating MACD Crossover Strategy signals like a pro by the end of this article!

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence Crossover Strategy is one of the planet’s most popular and well-known single-indicator strategies. Traders in the FOREX Markets, Cryptocurrency Markets, Stock Markets, and futures markets have used this strategy to increase their trading outcomes since it was created.

In this article, I’ll show you how to add this popular strategy to your Python Trading Bot.

Update August 2023

I could never have anticipated how popular this blog, along with a YouTube channel would become.

After a listening to my readers/viewers feedback, I realized that many people were spending huge amounts of time trying to solve installation/configuration problems — rather than experiencing the joy of algorithmic trading.

I want to change this narrative — and in so doing, open up algorithmic trading for everyone.

To do this, I’ve recently launched Tradeoxy: Trading For Everyone.

If you’re reading this, Tradeoxy will simplify 90% of this series, using a series of powerful API’s and easy to use tooling.

Currently it’s in the early-access / building stage and I’d be incredibly grateful if you’d join us on this adventure. Your feedback will help us shape a better product.

Join the early access program (for free) here.

You can also view our launch video, and follow our journey on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

By the End of This Episode

By the end of this episode, your MetaTrader 5 Python Trading Bot will be giving you trading signals based on the MACD Crossover Strategy. All of the inputs are customizable by you so that you can determine the most effective signals to generate a profit.

The complete code for this article, including my integration with MetaTrader 5, can be found on GitHub here. I’ve also included Gist’s to explain each step of the code throughout.

James Hinton

Passionate algorithmic trader and Cyber Security expert. Love developing helpful content.