How to get started with MT4 for Mac

MT4 is an advanced trading platform, suitable for traders who are after an effortless algorithmic trading experience. Here, we explain how to download MT4 for Mac, and some additional software which you might find useful.

How does MT4 work on Mac?

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) is designed for use on Windows but there are still ways to trade on MT4 from a Mac. Perhaps the most-used method is to use an MT4 virtual private server (VPS). A virtual private server is a service which hosts an instance of the MT4 platform at a remote location.

You access a VPS by signing in with your login credentials once you have requested access from a VPS provider – such as IG. Our VPS is hosted by Beeks in London, and it offers fast execution and reliable platform uptime for traders who want to reduce the lag time between their order being placed, and their order being executed.

An MT4 VPS can also give you peace of mind that technical issues such as a slow internet connection or power cuts will affect your trading experience.

Another way that you can access MT4 on a Mac is through a web-based MT4 platform. This is an instance of MT4 which runs in a browser, rather than requiring a download as is the case with the standard MT4 platform.

Please be aware that sites which show you how to download MT4 on a Mac could be infected with malware, and downloading MT4 from these websites might harm your Apple device.

How to use MT4 on Mac

If you use MT4 on a Mac with a VPS, the experience is very similar to using a Windows device. You can place orders and close your positions from your Mac through the VPS service.

MT4 is also known for its automated trading functionality, and programs such as Expert Advisors and Autochartist make this possible. With IG, you get access to some of the most popular Expert Advisors for free, as well as full access to the Autochartist package.

Features of MT4 on Mac

  1. Automated trading. MT4 is one of the most complete and user-friendly automated trading platforms available to traders who like to build their own algorithms, or those who prefer to use off-the-shelf solutions
  2. Add-ons and indicators. When you use MT4 with IG’s VPS on Mac, you get access to our full range of free indicators and add-ons, which can be used to both customise the platform and signal you to market movements
  3. Full market offering. IG offers a large selection of the most popular forex pairs on the market including EUR/USD, USD/JPY and GBP/USD

How do you start trading on MT4?

Here's how to start trading on MT4 with Mac:

  1. Open a live IG account. You can open an account with IG quickly and easily
  2. Download the IG Academy app. Available for iOS and Android
  3. Sign up for an MT4 VPS. Get fast and reliable execution

Publication date : 2020-02-07T06:47:41+0000


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