Connect to Free Forex Real Time Historical Data Files

This page describes the Forex Data Downloader Program (FXDD1).

The data downloader program uses the FXConnectAPI to download free real time FXCM Forex data into simple text historical data files.  This data can be read in real time by the Ramp Pattern Recognition Program or any other third party Windows application.

Sample 5 minute bar data can be seen in the data file image below.
Free Forex Real Time Historical Data Files
The data downloader is a free Windows Application that contains no adware or malware.  It is provided for users of the Ramp Pattern Recognition Program at but can be freely used by anyone with a account who wants to capture Forex real time historical data for their own use.

Forex real time data downloader

The image above shows you the Forex Data Downloader Program interface main screen.  Each control is explained in detail below.


Installing the Program
To install the FXDD1 program for use with Ramp or for your own use install the Ramp Pattern Recognition Program at  When you select FXCM Real Time Forex Data as your data source in Step 1 of the Ramp Program, Ramp will install and start running the data downloader program (FXDD1.exe).  You can do this in the Ramp Free trial mode if you like.  You do not need to be a Ramp subscriber.  You do need to register for a free or funder account to get you FXCM login information.

What does the flashing colored box mean near the top left of the form?
This box will be white when the program is off and not yet requesting data.  The box will be yellow when a request for a small data update is sent to the FXCM server.  This is a request for very few records to update or (top off) the current real time data file on your hard drive.  If for some reason your local data file needs to be replaced and a complete file needs to be created the XDD program will make the larger data request and the box will be blue, telling you that a large data request has been sent.  When the local data has been successfully updated the box will turn green.

What is the text to the right of the flashing color box?
In the example image above, I have requested real time data files for 41 FXCM Forex pairs in 13 timeframes, one minute through monthly bars.  That is 41 Forex Pairs x 13 timeframes or 533 data files.  The example text tells you that you are downloading data set number 56 of 533 required.  The L1 in the example says that you are in loop 1.  As soon as all data has been updated the updates will start over again and the L1 will read L2.  The last part of the text tells you that the current data request is for $$AUDUSD 30 min bars.

The Symbol List
In the example above the symbol list was created by the Ramp Program.  In Ramp, I simply asked for data on the 41 FXCM Currency Pairs for all 13 timeframes and selected the FXCM data source.  Ramp created the symbol list file and passed it to the FXDD1 Program.  You can create your own symbol list file outside of Ramp.  See the bottom of this page for more details on using the FXDD1 Program without Ramp.

Shift Time Zone
If you would like to shift the data file time any number of hours back or forward to match your local time zone you can do it here.  In the example, I am receiving data in Pacific Time and I have entered a 0 to display the data in the same Pacific time zone.

Loop Checkbox
The FXDD1 program will continuously update your local data files if you check the Loop Checkbox.  This is typically checked.

Auto Start Checkbox
If this is checked the FXDD1 program will start downloading data automatically every time you start the program.  Typically you would want it checked.

Auto Exit Checkbox
This is to tell the FXDD1 program to end as soon as all data has been updated.  If you have this checked you would not check Loop.

Currency Symbol Reference Button
You can use this button to look up FXCM Forex symbols.  Also note that the FXDD1 program will accept Forex symbols such as $$CADUSD.  This example is US dollars per Canadian dollar.  All currency pairs begin with a $$.  FXCM refers to this pair as CAD/USD.  Ramp uses the $$CADUSD format.

Data Folder Button
This button will open your local data folder.  For more information on the folder location see the info under Non Ramp Installations below.

Help Button
The Help button will bring up this web page.

Start Button
Use the Start Button to start collecting data if you have not checked the Auto Start checkbox.  If you check Auto Start you will not need the Start Button.

Stop Button
The Stop button will stop the program from collecting data.  It will not end the program.  After clicking on Stop you can restart again with the Start button.

Exit Button
The Exit button will save your settings and end the program.

Notes for Non Ramp Installations:

Dot Net Framework 4.0
The FXDD1 program requires that the Dot Net Framework 4.0 be installed on your computer.  Newer computers come with it installed.  If you are running an older machine you may need to Google "Install Dot Net 4.0" to get the download.  Just be sure that it comes directly from Microsoft.

Install the FXDD1 Program
The easiest way to install the XDD Program is to go to and install the Ramp Program.  When you select FXCM as your data source, Ramp will download the required files for you.  After you have done this, you can uninstall Ramp if you like.

Where can I find the FXDD1 program files after the download?
Look for the FXDD1.exe file in you Ramp application folder or simply search your hard drive for "FXDD1.exe".  The location is usually C:\users\your user name\AppData\Roaming\Ramp9\. 

What files do I need?
Each file you will need can be found in the above folder and is described below.  There are 11 total. You can save all of these files as a group anyplace you like.  Just keep them all in the same folder.

FXDD1.exe  This is the data downloader program itself.

FXDD1-Settings.txt  This is a simple text file to save your FXDD1 settings so that they are sticky.  The FXDD1 program will create this file to save your settings when you click on Exit.  FXDD1 will create this file.  You do not need to find it.

RTSymbols.txt  This is the list of symbol/timeframes  that the FXDD1 program will collect data for.  Note the required symbol format in the example below.  You can create this file or have Ramp create it for you.  This example requests 13 timeframes for $$AUDCAD.


The files below are from FXCM's FXConnect API and must be in the folder with the FXDD1.exe program.  You will find them with FXDD1.exe in the Ramp9 folder.


There are a total of 15 files.  If you have a FXCM subscription and have these 15 files in an application folder you can run the data collector.