Compare trading platforms

IG offers a variety of trading platforms, designed to meet your unique needs. From our mobile app to specialist programmes such as MT4 – compare our trading platforms and find out which one is best for you.

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Why use IG's trading platforms?

Flexible access to more than 16,000 markets

Fast and reliable execution of your trades

Easy-to-use and customisable platforms

Secure trading with a true market leader

Choose your platform

You can choose from a variety of core and specialist platforms when trading with us. We offer faster, clearer and smarter ways to trade, no matter your level of expertise. Compare IG’s trading platforms below.

  • IG's trading platform
  • iOS and Android apps
  • Progressive web app
  • ProRealTime
  • MetaTrader4
  • L2 Dealer

Our web trading platform is available online for all users who are interested in spread betting or CFD trading. You can manage your account, register cards, make payments, withdraw your funds and more. This platform also offers browser-based research tools such as streaming news, economic calendar and signals.

Our tablet and mobile trading platform has been optimised for iPhone and Android. It is suitable for all spread bettors, CFD traders and share dealers. You have access to the same research and monitoring tools as on the web-based platform, and you can view IG’s mobile charts on the go.

IG has launched a progressive web app (PWA), that offers clients anywhere in the world a seamless trading platform on any device – without having to visit a third-party app store. The PWA is optimised to help you receive critical trading updates quickly and effortlessly, avoiding delays inherent in traditional app store review processes.

ProRealTime (PRT) is the leading advanced charting package on the web, offering powerful monitoring tools, flexible access and advanced analysis resources. PRT is suitable for technical chart users, and free if you trade spread bets or CFDs at least four times a month.

MetaTrader 4 is a popular third-party platform for CFD trading and spread betting, with advanced analysis and automated trading tools. Plus, you can choose between 18 bespoke app add-ons. Download it for free to trade forex, indices, major metals and more.

L2 Dealer is a free, downloadable share trading platform that offers direct market access (DMA). Trade CFDs or use our share dealing service supported by helpful monitoring tools such as watchlists, price alerts and orders. Trade from charts and enjoy price-improvement technology at your fingertips.

IG trading platforms comparison

Desktop Tablet and mobile Progressive web app
Accessibility Browser-based Download Browser-based with mobile shortcut
Suitability All users All users All users
Platform costs Free Free Free
Exchange fees Monthly fees for certain exchanges and level 2 shares data for CFD and share dealing accounts Monthly fees for certain exchanges and level 2 shares data for CFD and share dealing accounts Monthly fees for certain exchanges and level 2 shares data for CFD and share dealing accounts
Available products Spread bets, CFDs, share dealing Spread bets, CFDs, share dealing Spread bets, CFDs
Tradeable markets Depends on account type (Digital 100s only avaliable to Pro clients) Depends on account type (excluding Digital 100s) Depends on account type (Digital 100s only avaliable to Pro clients)
Research tools Streaming Reuters news, economic calendar, signals, IGTV, IG analysts' articles, IG Community Streaming Reuters news, economic calendar, signals, IG Community, client sentiment None
Monitoring tools Watchlists, price alerts, orders, Autochartist Watchlists, price alerts, orders Watchlists, orders
Charts IG charts, ProRealTime access, Autochartist IG mobile charts None
Trade from charts Yes Yes No
Price improvement Yes Yes Yes
Direct market access (DMA) Avaliable when share dealing Available on iOS No
Order types Limits, stops, guaranteed stops, trailing stops, market orders Limits, stops, guaranteed stops, trailing stops, market orders Limits, stops, market orders
Automated trading strategies No No No
Account management Use My IG, our account management area, to register cards, make payments, withdraw funds, view history and manage settings Register cards, make payments, withdraw funds, view history, manage settings Use My IG mobile to make payments and manage settings

Specialist trading platforms comparison

ProRealTime MetaTrader4 L2 Dealer
Desktop accessibility Download Download Download
Mobile accessibility No Yes, through app No
Suitability Technical chart users Forex specialists Advanced shares traders
Platform costs Free if you transact at least four times in a month. If not, a £30 per month fee will apply Free Free (minimum £1000 balance required)
Exchange fees Monthly fees for certain exchange stock feeds on a CFD account None Monthly fees for shares data and level 2 prices
Available products Spread bets, CFDs Spread bets, CFDs CFDs, share dealing
Tradeable markets All markets (apart from DMA and sprints) Forex, indices, oil and major metals DMA forex* and shares OTC forex, shares, indices and commodities
Streaming Reuters news No No Yes
Monitoring tools ProScreener, Alerts, TopMovers, Lists, ProRealTrend and Automated trading Automated trading Watchlists, price alerts, orders
Charts Advanced ProRealTime charts Advanced MT4 charts ProRealTime access
Trade from charts Yes Yes Yes (through ProRealTime, OTC only)
Price improvement Yes Yes Yes
Direct market access (DMA) No No Yes (CFDs and share dealing only)
Order types Market orders, limits, stops, trailing stops, market if touched Market orders, limits, stops, stop-loss, take profit Algo trades, limits, market orders, tranche orders, fill or kill, execute and eliminate, date, day, good for auction, good till cancel, at the auction, at the open, at the close, at best
Automated trading strategies Yes Yes No
Account management Register cards, withdraw funds, view history, manage settings Handled through the web-based platform Register cards, make payments, withdraw funds, view history, manage settings
Add-ons Import indicators 18 bespoke apps plus Autochartist Bloomberg, FIX API

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