Export Bar and Study Data


Export Chart and Study Data for Backtesting

Multiple methods available, I will demonstrate #1 and #2:

  1. Standard export method from title bar
  2. Using study “Write bar and study data to file”
  3. ACSIL

Standard Export:

  • Select the chart to export data from
  • Title Bar: Edit > Export Bar and Study Data to Text File
  • A window pops up. Type a name under File Name or leave it as is
  • Press Save
  • A Notepad ++ window will pop up
  • Click anywhere in the text and hit Ctrl + A then Ctrl + C to select all then copy to clipboard (or Title Bar: Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy)
  • Paste where needed. Excel for example

Tip: When pasting CSV data into Excel. It may all paste into 1 cell. If this occurs follow these steps:

  • Click the cell with all the data
  • Switch to Data tab in Excel
  • Click Text to Columns button
  • Select Delimited, click Next
  • Select Comma, click Next
  • Click Finish

Export Data Using a Study (Refreshes Automatically)

Using this study, data and studies from the chart will save in a CSV file automatically. This is not real time data. This updates happen as the same time frame the chart is set to itself. Example 5 minute chart should update the CSV every 5 minutes.

To get started:

  • Select the chart to export data from
  • Title Bar: Analysis > Studies > Write Bar and Study Data To File > Add
  • With the Chart Studies window still open, click the Write Bar and Study Data To File study
  • Press the Move Down button until the study is all the way to the lowest study, it should not be first
  • Now hit Settings (for the Write Bar… study)
  • Input Value for Path and File name needs a name, using “export-1” for example

Now, it’s time to switch over to the User/SierraChart/Data folder:

  • Right click anywhere in the folder
  • Hover on New
  • Select Text Document to create a new text document in the Data folder
  • Change the name to “export-1.csv” or whatever name you set from Sierra Chart, it must end in CSV

All setup! Data from the chart with the study applied will download to that file. It’s likely the desire is to send that to Excel.


  • Open Excel, a new sheet
  • Switch to Data tab
  • Click From Text/CSV
  • Find the CSV file that was just saved to the User/SierraChart/Data folder, press Open
  • Press Load, or if there is data to be transformed then click Transform Data and make those changes

Tip: To refresh, setup an auto-refresh or press Refresh All under the Data tab of Excel

Excluding Studies or Subgraphs From Export

It’s possible to exclude entire studies, or just specific subgraphs within the study, as sometimes not all are needed.

To exclude entire study:

  • Title Bar: Analysis > Studies (or click Studies on Control Bar)
  • Select by clicking the desired study to hide
  • Click Settings
  • Un-check Include in Spreadsheet
  • (Check the Hide Study box to hide the study)

To exclude specific subgraphs of study:

  • Title Bar: Analysis > Studies (or click Studies on Control Bar)
  • Select by clicking the study that contains the desired subgraph to exclude
  • Click Settings
  • Switch to the Subgraphs Tab
  • Select the desired subgraph to hide from the list of subgraphs
  • Switch Draw style to Hidden
  • Uncheck Include in Spreadsheet box

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