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How to Subscribe to Trading Signals

| 9 October, 2012 | Views: 86286 | English Russian Chinese Spanish Portuguese

The Signals service allows users to connect to any signal and automatically copy trades of professional traders. Thousands of signals for MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 are available in the service. Read the article to learn how easy it is to subscribe, and how to choose the best option among the variety of available signals.

Trading Signals in MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5

How to Choose a Signal

The service provides a huge number of signals for subscription. How to choose the most appropriate one?


To help users choose the best signals, we compile a rating of signals based on various criteria. Top ranked signals show up first in the list. And vice versa, low rated signals are hidden from the Showcase on the site and in trading terminals to protect subscribers from poor-quality strategies.

Selection of Signals with the Best Conditions

The showcase of signals provides a special function for selecting signals with the most suitable conditions for copying. Users just need to specify the name of the server, on which their trading account is open. The system will pick up signals with the best matching settings of trading instruments and the lowest slippage.

Selecting signals with the best conditions


When selecting a signal, make sure to carefully analyze the entire complex of trade reports. Pay attention to the warnings that are displayed on the signal page.

Warnings on the Signal page

Sorting and Filtering

To select signals based on specific criteria, use the sorting and filtering functions.

Sorting and Filtering

A Showcase of Signals in MetaTrader and Favorites

Traders can select signals and subscribe to them directly from the MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 terminals.

A Showcase of Signals in MetaTrader, adding to Favorites

Click on the column headers to sort the signals accordingly - by growth, drawdown, number of subscribers, etc.

A few signals matching the selected criteria can be found on the list. Add them to Favorites, so you can easily get back to them later and evaluate once again. Click on the star on the list or on the signal page, and the selected signal will appear on a separate tab "Favorites".

How to subscribe to a Signal

Subscribing to a signal is easy. Two accounts are needed: a MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 trading account and an account.

To subscribe to paid signals, enough money should be available on the user's account.

Go to the trading terminal settings and specify the MQL5 account in the "Community" tab:

Configuring connection to in the trading terminal

Now you can subscribe to the signal either directly from the trading terminal or on the site.

Subscribing from a Terminal

Select a signal in the Showcase. Subscription can be selected directly in the list or on the signal details page. Click "Subscribe..." and confirm subscription in the appeared window.

Subscribing to signals from the trading terminal

Check all the subscription parameters and pay special attention to the warnings (if any) of mismatching trading conditions. It is recommended to use signals with similar trading conditions.

To continue subscription, agree to the terms of use of the Signals service and specify the password to confirm subscription. After this, a window of copying parameters will open.

Signal Copy Settings

If necessary, change the settings. After a click on "OK" trade copying will start.

How to Subscribe on the Site

Open the Signal page and click "Subscribe". In the window that appears, select the appropriate subscription option:

  • Yes. I have MetaTrader 4 (5) - a trading terminal will open. The selected signal page will open in the terminal, and the subscription confirmation window will appear. Subscription is completed from the terminal as described above.
  • No. I have no MetaTrader 4 (5) - the official MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 site will open, where the terminal can be downloaded and installed.
  • Subscribe without terminal - subscription parameters can be specified manually.

Subscribing to signals on

When subscribing without the terminal, the following parameters should be specified: period, start date, the account number and the broker's server.

Subscribing to a signal without the terminal

To complete this type of subscription:

  • Open a trading terminal.
  • Make sure that account details are specified in the terminal settings.
  • Connect to the trading account specified during subscription.
  • The terminal will detect an existing subscription.
  • Open the signal settings in the terminal (Tools->Options->Signals) and check "Enable realtime signal subscription".

All subscriptions can be managed in the 'My Subscriptions' section.

Subscription control

All actions, including Signal operation related ones, are recorded in the terminal Journal. Here are a few examples of important subscription logs. All records associated with the signals begin with the 'Signal' keyword.

The terminal detected a subscription to the "My trade" signal for the JohnSmith account, the subscription expiration date is - 2014.09.28, copying is enabled.

Signal - 'My trade' for 'JohnSmith' subscription found, 2014.09.28 expiration, enabled

Copying parameters: uses 5% of deposit, no limit on the minimum equity, allowed slippage is 0.5 spread, copying of Stop Loss and Take Profit is disabled.

Signal - money management: use 5% of deposit, equity limit: 0.00 USD, deviation/slippage: 0.5 spreads, copy SL/TP: disabled

The balance and leverage of the subscriber and the signal provider, as well as the copied percentage calculated based on these details. In this case the volume to be copied is 7% of the source one.

Signal - percentage for volume conversion selected according to the ratio of balances and leverages, new value 7% (old value 1%)
Signal - subscriber has balance 4 919.27 USD, leverage 1:100
Signal - signal provider has balance 638.31 USD, leverage 1:500

A warning of mismatch of symbol settings (EURUSD) on the subscriber's and the signal provider's account. In this case, the values of the minimum allowed volume differ: 0.01 and 0.1.

Signal - different specification of symbol EURUSD, signal provider has minimal volume 0.01, subscriber has 0.10

A position on GBPUSD found on the trading account, it is not related to the signal the user is subscribed to. Note that these positions increase the overall load on the account as compared with the signal provider.

Signal - local position [#78109460 buy 0.10 GBPUSD at 1.66023], does not correspond to signal provider

The GBPNZD symbol not found. If the provider trades this symbol, related operations will not be copied on the trader's account.

Signal - symbol GBPNZD not found

The terminal detected a subscription to the "My trade" signal for the JohnSmith account, the subscription expiration date is - 2014.09.28, copying is disabled. Enable copying in the signal settings of the terminal.

Signal - signal subscription disabled, enable realtime subscription in 'Signals' settings
Signal - 'My trade' for 'JohnSmith' subscription found, 2014.09.28 expiration, disabled

Use of the Services on the site

The website and all the services available on it are owned by MQL5 Ltd.

MQL5 Ltd is a technology provider and does not provide any financial advise. Users of the service process and transmit all their transactions through their brokers with whom they hold trading accounts. You have agreed that MQL5 Ltd is not responsible for any investment decision made by you and indemnifying MQL5 Ltd from any direct or indirect liability out of the use of this service.


The Signals service provides maximum convenience and security for all those who want to copy trades of professional traders. All you need to get started is an account in MetaTrader and an account. Connect to the most successful traders and earn money with them.


Translated from Russian by MetaQuotes Software Corp.
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Last comments | Go to discussion (119)
Alain Verleyen
angevoyageur | 6 Aug 2014 at 13:44
Can I subscribe to multiple signals on one live account? When I attempted to subscribe to a second one, I got this message: There are a subscription to specified trading account and period exists.
You got your repy : you can't
hubi78 | 7 Aug 2014 at 22:44


I got a question. I subscribed Johnpaul77 but something went wrong: there was a trade (AUDUSD "buy" on 7th of Sept.) which brought 0,7% loss for him, but 4,4% for me. What did I do wrong?

It seems that all my copied trades are too big for my account.

ana12 | 26 Aug 2014 at 11:09

how can i do? to enable the signals tab?




EOSTAR | 17 Sep 2014 at 11:31
why my order the signal aways have 5 minute delay? is the the ownner control it?
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