Part 16 Meta Trader 4 Show – Installing MT4 on Mac

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Part 16: Meta Trader 4 Show – Installing MT4 on Mac

Recently, we have seen a mounting number of questions from Apple users. People are asking: “How to install Meta Trader 4 on Mac?” or “The installation of MT4 doesn’t work. Isn’t it because I have a Macbook?“.

To be honest, I have never had any Apple device so far, so I was not in the position to answer such questions. Yet, one day I was offered the opportunity to install MT4 software on MacBook to try it out. The result of my effort is this short guide so that all of you who like trading can see (using our or your own strategies) how this thing works.

What to do if you are a Mac user

You can either follow the official guide, which is available in English at the website This guide is far more detailed than the one you are reading now. However, The method I “invented” is easier but has a small hitch. So keep on reading..

How to install MT4 on Mac – guide

  • 1. First of all, very much like with Windows, you have to sign up for a DEMO account (toll-free) with the forex broker XM. You can do it here: Set up demo account needed for MT4. Except for your e-mail, all other details you enter can be made up. Remember the password.
  • 2. Click on the message you received by e-mail to confirm your account. Once a green button displays, download MT4. Choose a version for MAC and download it. Install the MAC version.
  • 3. After the traditional installation process has finished, the system will display MT4 (the appearance is much like that of Windows 98).
  • 4. Run the installed MT4. So far so good, everything works.. Now chooseDEMO server from the server list displayed on your screen. Fill out your ID (received by e-mail) and the password you entered during the registration.

Running MT4 on a mac

File copy problems

This method of installing and running MT4 works – but as I said before – there is a small hitch in it. You will not be allowed to get into the “data folder”, you will not be able to run any indicators and templates including those downloaded from the internet.

To overcome this obstacle you must do one more thing. Clicking on File -> Open data folder at the top on the left is too little to get into the data folder on Mac.

Instead, you must take the following steps:

  • 1. Open the finder and select Applications
  • 2. Click with the right button on the XM MT4 logo (or with two fingers on your trackpad)
  • 3. Choose option 2 of the menu (Show Package Contents)
  • 4. Make a few clicks …. drive c ->Program Files ->XM MT4
  • Now you have arrived at the data folder. Copy all templates into the templates, placed in the data folder. Copy all indicators into MQL ->Indicators, in the same place.

I hope this will help you a bit with the installation of MT4 on Mac. If you encounter any problems do not hesitate to contact me in the comments box under this article. This may help not only you but also some other people looking for the answer to the same problem as you did.


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c drive does not appear when i click open content just contents thats it help

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Hi, I need help with file copy problems please. I followed your instructions to copy templates so went into the program files through applications, then i copy the templates but when i go back to the data folder it wont paste, however when i click on the template folder all of the templates are there. BUt when i open XM platform the templates option doesn’t show.

Hi Melanie, can you use any other templates? Or can you not use any at all?

Could you explain, on MAC OS, how to install MT4 in order to run multiple instances of MT4 with different accounts from same broker?

Thanks and regards,

Hi Laurent, I am not quite sure unfortunately how to do that specifically. Maybe try using the software called “WineBottler” for installing .exe microsoft files. This might let you install multiple versions of the same software with different names to be run separately. Hope I helped.

Download MetaTrader 4

You can download MT4 directly from IG, and the steps to do so are explained below. With IG, MT4 can be downloaded using several web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Regardless of which browser you use, you should follow the steps below to download MT4 with IG.

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How to download MT4

Downloading MetaTrader 4 from IG is simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide explaining how.

  • For a demo MT4 account, visit our MT4 demo account creation page

2. Once you have an account, visit your My IG dashboard

3. Click on ‘add an account’ at the bottom right of the screen

4. Select an MT4 CFD account

5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the download process.

If you have trouble logging in, check our MT4 help and support area.

How to install MT4 on Windows

Once you’ve started the download process, the steps to install MT4 are different depending on which device you wish to install MT4 on. Here’s how to install MT4 on a Windows device:

1. Create a trading account with your preferred provider

2. Follow this link to download MT4

3. Click on the ‘IG setup’ window in the bottom left of your screen

4. Select ‘run’ and follow the instructions in the install wizard popup

How to install MT4 on Mac

MT4 has been designed to be used on a PC. This is because it uses a .NET framework, which is not supported on Mac. With that being said, there are methods that you can use to launch MT4 on a Mac, such as using a VPS or third-party software available directly from the MetaTrader 4 website.

Before going ahead and installing MT4 on a Mac, you should research your chosen method carefully. This is because the process may be unstable and could cause damage to your computer. Please remember that non-official websites which promise to show you how to install MT4 on a Mac could be infected with malware.

How to install MT4 on mobile

Follow the step-by-step tutorials below and learn how to install the MT4 mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

How to download MT4 for iOS

MT4 can be used on your handheld iOS devices. MetaTrader 4 for iOS can be used on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. To run the MT4 app on one of these devices, the device must be updated to iOS 4.0 or later.

  1. Visit the app store
  2. Type in ‘MetaTrader 4’
  3. Select the MetaTrader 4 app
  4. Click ‘get’
  5. Open the MT4 app on your iOS device and sign in with your IG account

How to install MT4 for Android

MT4 for Android requires your device, whether that be a phone or tablet, to be powered by Android OS 2.1 or higher.

  1. Visit the Google Play app store
  2. Type in ‘MetaTrader 4’
  3. Select the MetaTrader 4 app
  4. Click ‘install’
  5. Open the MT4 app on your Android device and sign in with your IG account

What are the MT4 system requirements?

There are some system requirements for using the MT4 platform. Below you’ll find a table with the minimum and recommended system requirements to install and run MT4 on your computer.

MT4 Minimum requirements Recommended requirements
Operating system Windows server 2020 RS Standard x64 Windows server 2020 standard x64
CPU Intel i7 4xxx series quad-core or higher Intel Xeon E3, E5 series quad-core or higher
HDD RAID-1 array with 2×1 TB SATA HDDS RAID-1 array with two 480GB SSDs
Monitor resolution 1280×800 1280×800 or more
Network 100 Mbit/s Ethernet with 10Mbit/s bandwidth 100 Mbit/s Ethernet with 50Mbit/s bandwidth

How do I update MT4?

MT4 updates automatically from within the terminal. The update system is always enabled, and it cannot be disabled, which means that you are always using the newest version of MT4.

For more information about MT4, visit our page on what MT4 is and how you use it – as well as the range of MetaTrader 4 indicators and add-ons you get for free when you download MT4 from IG.


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Binary options or Forex trading is not a simple task. With Meta Trader 4 it can be much easier. This software is a must especially for more advanced binary options and forex traders. Most of forex brokers offer this software for trading – it can be a bit tricky though. Therefore, we are publishing this article series to show you how to download, install, use and get most out of it.

MT4 show is a guide taking you through this software from the initial stages until most complex issues. You will learn how to use control, draw lines in charts and add indicators.

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