MetaTrader 4 (MT4)

Open an IG account now for instant access to an enhanced MetaTrader 4 (MT4), the customisable platform used by thousands of traders.

  • 0.6pt spread on EUR/USD

    Trade EUR/USD from just 0.6pts, with an average spread of just 0.75pts.1

  • Low latency, reliable execution

    No third-party technology getting in the way of the ultra-fast execution of your trades.

  • A free VPS for your Expert Advisor

    Your EA can execute trades even when your PC is turned off.2

What is MetaTrader 4?

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) is a popular trading platform developed by MetaQuotes in 2005. While it is most commonly associated with forex trading, it can be used to trade other markets as well. IG clients can use MT4 to trade forex, indices and commodities via CFDs for example.

MetaTrader 4 is highly configurable, and can be used to develop Expert Advisors which monitor and trade the markets on your behalf. For that reason, it's often used by advanced traders who want to get an extra technological edge.

You can install MT4 with IG, which comes with free access to 18 free bespoke add-ons and indicators, plus Autochartist.

MT4 benefits and features

There are several reasons why MT4 has maintained its popularity for so long:

  • It can be used for automated trading, either by building your own algorithms or importing an Expert Advisor

  • It is highly customisable, with a range of apps that can improve its charting, interface and functionality – including 18 free with IG

  • You can use it to trade with a variety of providers, without having to use several different platforms

  • It’s a program on your PC, instead of a web-based platform

  • It’s the same platform, whichever provider you use it with

Which markets can I trade using MT4?

You can use MetaTrader 4 to trade forex, indices, commodities and cryptocurrencies with IG. Take a look at the minimum spreads for all our markets on MT4 below, or see full details including spreads, dealing hours and margins in our Help section.

Commodity Min. MT4 spread
Gold 0.3
Silver 2
Oil - Brent Crude 2.8
Oil - US Crude 2.8


Full MT4 commodities details

Index Min. MT4 spread
FTSE 100 1.0
Wall Street 1.8
Germany 30 1.0
Australia 200 1.0
US Tech 100 1.0
US 500 0.4


Full details on 14 indices available with MT4

Cryptocurrency Min. MT4 spread
Bitcoin USD 40
Bitcoin Cash USD 2.5
Ether USD 2
Ripple USD 0.6
Litecoin USD 0.6

Full MT4 cryptocurrencies details

How to download MetaTrader 4

New to IG

To start trading with Metatrader 4, first you’ll need to create an IG account.

Once you have an IG account set up, you will be able to set up MT4 in the client area.

Already an IG client?

Simply log in to My IG and go to the ‘live accounts’ tab.

You’ll find MT4 for CFDs by clicking ‘add another account.’

Try a free MT4 demo account

You can test-drive the MT4 platform by downloading a demo account, which features all of the same markets, spreads, apps and functionality as the live version – but using virtual funds instead of committing any capital.

Please note you’ll receive an email with a link to install MT4 within 24 hours. To get started in the meantime:

  1. Download the MT4 platform here
  2. In MT4 go to ‘file’ and then ‘open an account’
  3. Select ‘IG-Demo’ and then follow the prompts

Expert Advisors

As well as buying and selling markets yourself, you can use an Expert Advisor (EA) on MT4 to monitor and trade the markets on your behalf. EAs can be programmed from scratch on MT4, or imported from somewhere else – and you can set them to find promising opportunities and notify you, or open a position without your input.

Find out more about Expert Advisors

MT4 on mobile

As well as the Windows desktop version, there are apps available for MT4 on iPhone and Android. You’ll find both by searching for ‘MetaTrader’ in the app store on your device.

Once you’ve launched the app, log in by selecting ‘log in with existing account’, and find IG’s server by typing in ‘IG-Live’. You can then log in using your existing details. 

Why use MT4 with IG?

A provider you can trust

When you use MT4 with IG, you are trading with a provider that:

  • Has over 45 years’ experience in trading

  • Is the global No.1 provider of CFDs3

  • Is authorised and regulated by the DFSA

MT4 you can depend on

We don’t rely on any third party bridges as part of our MT4 service, meaning that there is nothing preventing your trades processing in ultra-fast time. 

It also means that our MT4 is highly reliable: with less than 0.05% downtime over the past 12 months.4

Free apps and indicators to improve your MT4 trading

Download MT4 with IG, and you’ll get free access to a range of add-ons and indicators to help you get more from your trading.


Does MetaTrader 4 work on Mac?

MetaTrader 4 is available for Windows only, and there are no plans to release a version of it for Mac. There is an iPhone app available, though, and Mac users can trade using IG’s web trading platform.

What is a VPS?

A virtual private server (VPS) is an online workspace that you can use to remotely access MT4, running concurrently with the version installed on your PC. It is housed in an external server, so it can run even when your PC is turned off, allowing Expert Advisors to operate around the clock.

You can also use your VPS to trade using MetaTrader 4 from any computer, just by logging in to your VPS. 

Our VPS is provided by Beeks, and is available completely free of charge to clients who maintain a balance of $5000 or more. Otherwise, it costs $50 per month.

Can I trade cryptocurrencies on MT4?

Yes, you can trade six cryptocurrencies with IG via MT4:

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1 Average spread (Monday 00:00 - Friday 22:00 GMT) for the twelve weeks ending 19 September 2018. For our minimum spreads, please see our forex CFD and MT4 details.

2 Available at no extra cost to clients who maintain a balance of $5000 or above. Otherwise there is a $50 monthly fee.

3 Based on number of primary relationships with CFD traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).

4 99% core platform uptime: average per month, IG globally (3 months to August 2016).

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