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How To Set Backtest Date Range

Example how to select and set date range window to be backtested. Normally when you change chart period it changes the number of days being backtested which means as you increas the chart period (for example from 5min to 15min) you also increase the number of days traded, so you can not compare apples to apples for which period would yield best returns for your strategy. Now you can. Incorporate this code replacing buy and sell with your strategy, then simply input the From and To dates in Format -> Inputs, and then change the chart period to view updated results.

NOTE: There is a limit in backtesting to 2000 orders, so please be aware of this when setting your date ranges. If you set your range too high, you may be exceeding this limit on some periods and not on others, so this would yield incorrect comparison of returns per period. If you see in your backtesting results that you are nearing this limit for one of your periods you are testing, then reduce the date range to a smaller number of days.

Enjoy!

(Thanks to @Gesundheit "Adeel" for pointing me in the right direction on this!)
הערות שחרור: Changed default settings to remove need for setting present date if backtesting up to current moment in time.
הערות שחרור: Per requests added examples of:

- Using input statements for MA lengths.

- Using date range condition within execution.

- BONUS example of creating a function for date range.

Also added simple error checking to input statements for month and day.
הערות שחרור: Added "max_bars_back=2000" in top strategy line to prevent possibility of exceeding 2000 event limit. This will prevent that error from possibly occurring.
הערות שחרור: Statement in "Release Notes" immediately above is incorrect. Setting "max_bars_back=2000" in top strategy line does not prevent possibility of exceeding 2000 order limit. It instead is used to manually define how many historical bars are preloaded for indicator calculations. If you receive an ‘out of depth at index’ error this means something in your script calculations requires a certain number of historical bars and for some reason those bars were not automatically allocated. Raising this setting may help prevent that error from occurring.

For preventing the error on exceeding 2000 orders you must take steps to reduce the number of trades. Various means to do this include changing the range you are backtesting, changing the period, changing the frequency of how often your strategy trades, etc.
הערות שחרור: Updated for Pine Script v4.
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Hi,

Very nice code, but my trades don`t get filtered to the desired timeframe. On hourly I still have trades from 1.1.2017 even though I am using your time period from 20th April.

Any ideas?

Thank you

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Fonjacha Fonjacha
@Fonjacha, I just found a solution. Tnx anyway
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allanster Fonjacha
@Fonjacha, glad to hear you got sorted. I don't have any ideas why you would be experiencing that behavior. Dates are from midnight UTC time. I just loaded script to test and was unable to reproduce behavior described.
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Fonjacha allanster
@allanster, It was just weird. I used another script. Thank you anyway.
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Ah i really needed this! I tried implementing this on my strategy and i managed to get it to work on other charts but it wont work on BTC any chance you could help me troubleshoot this problem? Have a great day and thanks again for sharing
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@Sabito, just noticed I missed your question so apologies for never responding. I see that you are still active, but given the extreme delay in my answer I would assume you sorted this long ago. At the time you asked, when backtesting with cryptocurrencies it was necessary to use an order amount that was equal to or greater than the cost of the instrument being purchased or a script would never buy. This is due to the backtesting engine equating a single contract as being one whole coin, and at that time fractional purchases of cryptocurrencies were not able to be made within the engine.
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Sabito allanster
@allanster, Yeah i was unaware of this at the time thanks responding though maybe it will help someone else in the future! Have a great day!
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Thanks For the code.
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Hello, thanks for sharing this script however, as I am a beginner I have difficulties to include it in the script call : "Heiken Ashi + Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Strategy".

Where do I have to include the time range macro in the code to have the possibility to changes the number of days being backtested.

Thanks again
Have a nice day
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allanster emontmeas
@emontmeas, apologies I missed your message. The inputs and function lines must precede the strategy lines in the other script.
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