7 Best TradingView Indicators updated 2022

In this post I’ll offer my opinion of the 7 best Tradingview Indicators.

Tradingview offers a huge selection of indicators. This list includes built-in indicators plus the best indicators in the Tradingview public library. It includes some of the most popular Tradingview indicators plus the best Tradingview indicators for day trading, intraday trading and swing trading. Plus the best free indicators on Tradingview.


If you signup for an annual Pro, Pro+ or Premium TradingView membership using the link. New users are eligible to get up to $30 towards new yearly plan and $10 towards monthly plans.


Table of Contents

  1. Where to access TradingView indicators?
  2. How many indicators are free in TradingView?
  3. How do I get more than 3 indicators on TradingView?
  4. 7 Best TradingView Indicators
  5. VWAP
    1. What is the VWAP indicator?
    2. What VWAP indicator is used for?
    3. Why use the VWAP indicator?
    4. How to add the indicator
  6. RVOL (Volume+ RVOL by time of day)
    1. What is RVOL?
    2. What is Volume+ (RVOL by time of day)?
    3. Why use the Volume + indicator?
    4. How to add the indicator?
    5. Customization options of Volume+
  7. Volume Profile
    1. What is the Volume Profile?
    2. Why use Volume Profile?
    3. How to add the indicator?
  8. Trading Session indicator
    1. What is the Trading Session indicator?
    2. Why use the Trading Session indicator? 
    3. How to add the indicator
  9. EMA indicator (Exponential Moving Average )
    1. What is the EMA indicator? 
    2. Why use the EMA indicator?
    3. How to add the indicator
  10. Relative Strength Index (RSI)
    1. What is the RSI indicator?
    2. Why use the RSI indicator? 
    3. How to add the indicator
  11. ATR Trailing Stop Indicator
    1. Why use the ATR Trailing Stop indicator?
    2. How to add the indicator

Where to access TradingView indicators?

TradingView indicators can be found with one click of a button on the chart.  

On the main toolbar, click Indicators, Metrics, and Strategies or simply the line chart with volume bars icon. See arrow below 

Shortcut: Type / on your keyboard to open the same indicators window: 

To add an indicator to a chart, simply click on an indicator from the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window. 

The selected indicator will instantly appear on the chart either as a chart overlay or in a new panel below the chart. 

Its value and customizable parameters will be displayed in the chart legend at the upper left of the chart. 

How many indicators are free in TradingView?

TradingView offers a comprehensive library of free indicators regardless of a user’s account subscription. 

There are 4 main categories of indicators: 

  • Built-ins [free] – named Technicals on the platform. 
  • Public library [free] – contains a list of community scripts created by TradingView users. Named Community Scripts on the platform. 
  • My scripts [free] – user-created scripts 
  • Volume profile [paid] 

All the categories –  but the volume profile – are free, and can be applied on the charts.

The built-in list alone contains more than 100 free indicators which includes the popular moving averages and oscillators. The tradingview public library indicators are a growing list of hundreds if not thousands of indicators. 

One thing to note is that although these large numbers of indicators are free, Basic plan users can only add up to a maximum of 3 indicators at one time. 

How do I get more than 3 indicators on TradingView?

TradingView allows users to add more indicators to a chart through its paid plans. 

See how each of the plan’s indicator limit stacks against each other see table below:

BasicProPro+Premium
351025

To take advantage of higher indicator limits, consider upgrading to Pro, Pro+ or Premium. 


If you signup for an annual Pro, Pro+ or Premium TradingView membership using the link. New users are eligible to get up to $30 towards new yearly plan and $10 towards monthly plans.


7 Best TradingView Indicators

TradingView’s indicator library is one of the most comprehensive – offering huge variety with its built-ins and community-made indicators. 

With over a thousand indicators, I’ve tested a handful, then compiled a list of 7 of the best TradingView indicators. Of course, curating such a list is subjective, hence the indicators below are mere suggestions of what TradingView has to offer. 

VWAP

Indicator Category: Technicals

What is the VWAP indicator?

Volume Weighted Average Price computes a period’s average price as weighted by volume. 

It’s calculated by taking the total dollar amount traded divided by the volume traded over a specified period.

VWAP is behaves as a moving average indicator that is weighted for volume opposed to being calculated as a simple average (SMA) or an exponential function (EMA).

What VWAP indicator is used for?

VWAP in itself is commonly used as a benchmark for institutional investors and market makers. 

As an indicator, traders use VWAP as a trend identifier and sentiment gauge. It functions similar to a moving average indicator but is adjusted for changes in volume though out the trading period. It applies more weighting to trading periods with higher trading volume.

Why use the VWAP indicator?

The VWAP indicator is a great confirmation indicator to support other signals and sentiments.

If you prefer making decisions based on trading volume; a key trading metric. Then consider using VWAP as an alternative to other moving average indicators. VWAP is one of the best Tradingview indicators for day trading in my opinion.

How to add the indicator

Follow these simple steps to add the VWAP indicator:

Step 1: Launch chart 

Step 2: From the main toolbar, click Indicators, Metrics & Strategies 

See circle below

Step 3: On the search bar, type Volume Weighted Average Price 

See black box below

Step 4: From the results, select the one under Technicals 

See black arrow below

The indicator will automatically appear on the chart in its standard and default settings. 

Illustration of VWAP indicator in intraday chart – Tradingview best indicators for day trading

 Illustration of VWAP indicator in Daily chart Tradingview best indicators for intraday trading

RVOL (Volume+ RVOL by time of day)

Indicator Catergory: Custom Script by ZenAndTheArtOfTrading

Volume+ (or RVOL by Time of Day) is one of the community-made scripts that anyone can access for free from the community library. 

What is RVOL?

RVOL is an indicator that compares current volume to the average trading volume in the past.

What is Volume+ (RVOL by time of day)?

This script is an enhanced version of the Relative Volume (RVOL) indicator. Volume + computes RVOL (current volume vs past volume), but instead of just basing it from the past’s average trading volume, the indicator is based on average volume at a certain time of day of a particular day period as chosen by the user. 

The Volume + indicator provides a volume comparison of related periods in the day (e.g., volume at the close or open in the past 10 days).

Volume + is a volume analytics tool that aims to create apples-to-apples comparisons. 

Why use the Volume + indicator?

This indicator is far more customizable and targeted than traditional RVOL indicators which is why we like it so much.

How to add the indicator?

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type RVOL by time of day

Step 4: Under Community Scripts, Click Volume + (RVOL By Time of Day) 

Here’s how the indicator looks when applied to a chart:

Customization options of Volume+

Volume+ has a handful of add-on features. A notable one to point out is that it offers four different bar color settings: 

Volume bar characteristic
HeatmapChanges to a brighter color when RVOL is higher
PriceChanges based on up and down price action

Bar color changes to green for up candle, and red for down candle
TrafficChanges color based on RVOL % 
Red – RVOL between 1.0 and 1.5
Orange – RVOL between 1.5 and 2.0

For a complete bar color description, click here
TriggerBar color changes to teal when alert condition is triggered

Volume Profile

Indicator Category: Technicals

What is the Volume Profile?

Volume Profile is a charting study focusing on the analysis of price and volume characteristics. 

Volume profile displays horizontal volume histogram bars at various price levels. Volume profile is a graphical tool that allows traders to quickly identify what volumes are being traded at specific prices.

TradingView offers four Volume Profile indicators: Fixed Range, Session Volume, Session Volume HD, and Visible Range. 

*Volume Profile is only available with an upgraded Pro, Pro+ or Premium plan. If you use volume profile or interested in using it in your trading then definitely consider upgrading to your Tradingview subscription.


If you signup for an annual Pro, Pro+ or Premium TradingView membership using the link. New users are eligible to get up to $30 towards new yearly plan and $10 towards monthly plans.


If you’d like to learn more about the other benefits of upgrading your tradingview plan check out my post ‘Is Tradingview worth it?

Why use Volume Profile?

Volume profile helps traders easily identify areas of highest of lowest trading volume.

Volume identifies price areas of highest supply and demand. High volume areas represent high demand low volume areas represent greater supply. This information can be used to identify price turning points or price ranges.

How to add the indicator?

Before we dive into the instructions, note that Volume Profile indicators are only available to Pro, Pro+, and Premium users. Only those with upgraded plans have access to all Volume Profile indicators. 

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type Volume Profile 

Step 4: Under Technicals, select Volume Profile Session Volume See box below

Here’s how the indicator looks when applied to a chart:

Trading Session indicator

Indicator Category: Custom script by ZenAndTheArtOfTrading

What is the Trading Session indicator?

The Trading Session indicator (or the TSI) applies a shaded chart overlay to represent user-specified time zones. 

TSI can be applied to various time periods to represent trading sessions.

TSI also offers alerts to signal the start and end of the session. 

Why use the Trading Session indicator?

This indicator allows users to quickly identify specific trading sessions or time periods.

It can be used to identify when a specific market opened. When it closed. If offers the ability to visually compare price action between sessions.

It also allows used to distinguish between sessions. For example different colors can be used to distinguish the Hong Kong trading session from the London or New York trading sessions.

I love this indicator. It organizes my charts by session for easy reference and comparison.

How to add the indicator

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type Trading Session

Step 4: Select the one from ZenAndTheArtOfTrading under community scripts 

See black box below

Screenshot of indicator with customized time zone:


EMA indicator (Exponential Moving Average )

Indicator Category – Technicals

What is the EMA indicator?

The Exponential Moving Average (EMA) is one of the most popular Tradingview indicators.

EMA indicator is a single line that tracks average price over a specific time period.

Moving averages are used to identify long, medium, as well as short-term price trends.   

The EMA is calculated by iteratively averaging historical price over a specific time period. The difference between EMA other MA’s, Is EMA’s assign exponentially greater weight to more recent price performance. This makes them EMA more sensitive to recent price movements.

Why use the EMA indicator?

EMA indicator offers a simple way to identify average price over a period of time.

EMA’s help traders graphically identify where price is in relation to where it has been historically.

It offers a simple method for identifying price trends and market momentum.

It’s also commonly used as a type of dynamic support and resistance although I’m not convinced that this has any real value.

How to add the indicator

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type Moving Average Exponential

Step 4: Select the one under Technicals 

See black box below

Here’s how the indicator looks when applied to a chart:

EMA – One of the most popular Tradingview indicators

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Indicator Category: Technicals

What is the RSI indicator?

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) one of the most popular Tradingview indicators.

The RSI indicator is a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and change of price movement.

It’s calculated using the average price gain change with time over the average price loss with time. The calculation oscillates between 0-100.

It’s used to graphically identifies where markets are overbought or oversold. Areas of oversold and overbought readings are often interpreted as potential reversal zones. An RSI below 30 is considered oversold. An RSI above 70 is considered overbought.

Why use the RSI indicator?

The RSI indicator is used to generate potential trend reversal signals. 

Prices trading in areas over bought or over sold can signal a potential reversal.

When used in combination with a price chart. The RSI can also be used to signal divergences. Price that moves in the opposite direction of the RSI can also signal a potential reversal.

How to add the indicator

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type RSI

Step 4: Select the one under Technicals 

See black box below

Here’s how the indicator looks when applied to a chart:

RSI – One of the most popular Tradingview indicators

Update: TradingView updated its RSI to include a moving average. It operates in the same way as the standard MA. 

ATR Trailing Stop Indicator

Indicator Category: Custom Script by ZenAndTheArtOfTrading

The ATR Trailing Stop is basically a combination of Average True Range (ATR) and trailing stop.

ATR is a volatility indicator that calculates the average true range of price movement over a specific period. ATR is commonly used as a metric to identify stop loss placement.

There are three line overlays – each with their own value and color codes: 

  • ATR – default color blue 
  • Long trailing stop – default color green
  • Short trailing stop – default color red 

Why use the ATR Trailing Stop indicator?

The indicator automatically calculates trailing stop distances based on calculated ATR.

The ATR Trailing Stop indicator is great for active traders who want indicator an efficient, convenient and data driven methodology for stop loss placement.

How to add the indicator

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the ‘How to add the indicator’ in VWAP indicator section above

Step 3: On the search bar of the Indicators, Metrics & Strategies window, type ATR Trailing Stop Loss

Step 4: Select the one under Community by ZenAndTheArtOfTrading 

See black box below


If you signup for an annual Pro, Pro+ or Premium TradingView membership using the link. New users are eligible to get up to $30 towards new yearly plan and $10 towards monthly plans.


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