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MetaTrader 4

Open an IG account now for instant access to an enhanced MT4


  • 0.6pt spread on EUR/USD

    Trade EUR/USD from just 0.6pts, with an average spread of just 0.70pts.1

  • Low latency, reliable execution

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

  • Bespoke apps, for free

    Enhance your MT4 with a range of new indicators and tools, including Autochartist.

  • A free VPS for your Expert Advisor

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

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Trade forex, indices and commodities

FX pair Min. MT4 spread

Full details on over 50 FX pairs available with MT4

Commodity Min. MT4 spread
Gold 0.1
Silver 1.8
Oil - Brent Crude 2.6
Oil - US Crude 2.6

Full MT4 commodities details

Index Min. MT4 spread
FTSE 100 1.0
Wall Street 1.6
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 cryptocurrency details

A provider you can trust

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

  • Has over 40 years’ experience in trading
  • Is the global No.1 provider of CFDs3
  • Is fully regulated by the FCA and BaFin

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

18 bespoke apps

Free, instant access to 18 bespoke add-ons and indicators for MT4.

Mini terminal

Configure MT4’s deal ticket and charts to your needs with a host of highly configurable new features.

  • See your entries, stops and limits displayed on charts
  • Switch between pips and cash when viewing running P/L
  • Undock charts from MT4 to view as part of your desktop
  • Access smart lines to create stops or limits directly on charts

Trade terminal

Control all of your trades from a single, powerful terminal.

  • See an improved deal ticket with more detail – including the spread
  • Set account-wide alerts, with automated responses
  • Access configurable risk management tools
  • Carry out bulk actions on all your open positions
  • Save trades as templates, including advanced order types like breakouts and reversions

Market manager

Filter markets, view account details and check your open positions in one place.

  • Filter watched markets by instrument
  • View all open positions, including profit / loss
  • See account metrics, like equity and margin used

Stealth orders

Keep your pending orders private from other traders – and your broker.

  • Place stop or limit orders automatically using the app
  • Add stop losses and limits to positions without alerting other market participants

Alarm manager

Manage all your alerts, or create new ones, in a single window.

  • Set up notifications for a range of scenarios, with automatic actions
  • Create alerts using technical indicators
  • View and edit alerts that you’ve created elsewhere

Correlation matrix

See how correlated your watched markets are, and limit your risk accordingly.

  • Spot correlations at a glance
  • Configure by timeframe or number of bars

Order history indicator

Examine any of your previous trades, overlaid onto MT4’s charts.

  • View markers for past entry and exit positions
  • Replicate successes and avoid repeating mistakes


See the latest news and upcoming market events in your trading platform.

  • Add newsfeeds via RSS
  • Access a detailed events calendar 
  • Share ideas with other traders on IG Community

Pivot points indicator

Gauge market movement with pivot points, and add alerts if needed.

High-low indicator

Find historic highs and lows on any chart, for any timeframe.    

Renko indicator

Overlay any chart with renko bars to analyse price movements with ease.

Sentiment trader 

Analyse market sentiment, or view a historic price vs sentiment chart.

Chart group indicator

Link charts together, so that changing the symbol on one changes it for all.

Tick chart trader

View a variety of tick charts and a new deal ticket for short term traders.

Correlation trader

Take a detailed look at the correlation between any two markets.

Freehand drawing indicator

Draw on any chart completely freehand, at the press of a single button.

Candle countdown indicator

See the time remaining in the current bar for a variety of timeframes.    

Session map

See which market is currently open – New York, London, Tokyo or Sydney.


IG clients get free access to Autochartist, the powerful pattern recognition tool that automatically monitors the markets on your behalf. Autochartist can be found in the ‘navigator’ window on your MT4 platform, under ‘scripts’.

Automated alerts

Get alerted whenever Autochartist identifies a new opportunity

Technical indicators

Utilise a range of technical indicators, including Fibonacci and breakout strength

Statistical insight

Access Power Stats, to analyse the relationship between price levels and instruments


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 or spread betting, for example.

You can download MT4 directly from the MetaQuotes website. Alternatively, you can install it with IG, which comes with free access to 18 free bespoke add-ons and indicators, plus Autochartist.

Why should I use MetaTrader 4?

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

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.

Can I try MetaTrader 4 with a demo account?

Yes, you can download MT4 for use with a free demo account. It comes with virtual funds you can use to test out MT4 – including all our free bespoke apps – without committing any capital.

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Is there an MT4 app for mobile?

Yes, there are apps available for MT4 on both iPhone and Android. You’ll find both 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. 

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 both ether and bitcoin against the US dollar via the MT4 platform.

1 Average spread (Monday 00:00 - Friday 22:00 GMT) for the twelve weeks ending 7 October 2016. For our minimum spreads, please see our forex spread bet, 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.

Based on revenue excluding FX (published half yearly financial statements, June 2019).

4 99.98% core platform uptime: average per month, IG globally (12 months to July 2016).

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Options are complex financial instruments and your capital is at risk. Losses may be extremely rapid.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.