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Introduction

Apple products have become very popular. MetaQuotes Software Corp. attentively follows the progress of the IT industry and has already released the special mobile applications for iOS-based devices - MetaTrader 4 for iPhone and MetaTrader 5 for iPhone.

There are many topics on the MQL4.community forum, where people are seeking a solution for running MetaTrader 4 under the Mac OS operating system. In this article, you will find out how to work in MetaTrader 4 via the Apple's popular operating system.


Installing Wine on Mac OS

Wine is a free software that allows users of the Unix-based systems to run an application developed for the Microsoft Windows systems. Among all the Wine versions there is one for Mac OS.

Note that Wine is not a fully stable application. Thus, some functions in the applications you start under it may work improperly or not work at all.

For the installation on Mac OS we recommend to use the free application PlayOnMac. PlayOnMac is a Wine-based software for easy installation of Windows applications on Mac OS.


PlayOnMac Installation

To install PlayOnMac, open the product's official web site, move to Downloads section and click the link for downloading the latest version.

Downloading PlayOnMac

After downloading the DMG package, launch it from Downloads section of your system:

Launching PlayOnMac installation

PlayOnMac first launch window will appear. After clicking "Next", the installer will start checking and installing the various components necessary for work.

PlayOnMac first launch

The first necessary component is XQuartz. This is a software for using X Window System on Mac OS. X Window System provides standard tools and protocols for building the graphical user interface in Unix-like OS.

Installing XQuartz

If you have already installed XQuartz or want to install it later, select "Don't install XQuartz for the moment" or "I've downloaded file by myself", respectively.

XQuartz installation is performed in several stages. First of all, you should read the important information (Read Me) and accept the license conditions.

Installing XQuartz

Before the installation, Mac OS security system will ask you to enter your account's password:

Installing XQuartz

Wait for the installation to complete. For changes to take effect, you should restart your PC.

Completing XQuartz installation

After restarting the system, launch PlayOnMac again from the setup file in Downloads folder. The first launch window will appear again. This time, the installer will offer to install MS Windows fonts necessary for correct operation.

Installing fonts

Accept the license agreement conditions and wait till the installation is complete. After that, PlayOnMac is ready for use. Its main window will appear:

PlayOnMac main window


Updating Wine

Wine v. 1.4 is installed together with PlayOnMac. Wine 1.4.1 is the latest stable version at the moment. Wine 1.5.21 beta release containing many improvements is also available for download. However, it may be less stable. It is recommended to install the latest version of Wine.

To upgrade Wine to the latest version, open PlayOnMac upper menu and select Manage Wine Versions:

Manage Wine versions

The window with Wine versions available for installation will open. Select the latest version (1.5.21 at the moment).

Wine versions available for installation

Move the latest Wine version to the right side of the window. The installation will start.

Updating Wine to the latest version

After the installation is complete, the new version of Wine will appear in the left part of PlayOnMac Wine versions manager window. You can then close the window and install MetaTrader 4 trading terminal.


MetaTrader 4 Installation

To install MetaTrader 4, download the distribution package from www.metatrader4.com official web site. After the download is complete, launch the setup file. PlayOnMac will be used automatically to open it.

Installing MetaTrader 4

The standard terminal installation process with all its stages will start:

Installing MetaTrader 4

When the installation is complete, PlayOnMac will offer you to create the shortcuts for MetaTrader 4 terminal components - the client terminal itself and MetaEditor:

Creating shortcuts

After creating the necessary shortcuts, you can start using MetaTrader 4. Double click on it in PlayOnMac window to launch the terminal.

Installed MetaTrader 4 terminal

Below you can see MetaTrader 4 terminal on Mac OS:

MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS


Known Issues

As it has been already mentioned above, Wine is not a completely stable software. Thus, some functions of the MetaTrader 4 terminal may work improperly. The following issues are currently discovered:

Except for the above problems, you can enjoy all the features of MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS.


MetaTrader 4 Data Directory

PlayOnMac creates a separate virtual logical drive with necessary environment for each installed program. The default path of the installed terminal's data folder is as follows:

Library\PlayOnMac\WinePrefix\MetaTrader_4_\Drive C\Program Files\MetaTrader 4


Conclusion

In this article we described a fast and easy way to run the most popular application for Forex trading in Mac OS. We hope that this article, or - to be more precise - the comments to it, will become a good place for accumulating useful information about running MetaTrader 4 under this operating system.


Translated from Russian by MetaQuotes Software Corp.
Original article: https://www.mql5.com/ru/articles/1356

Last comments | Go to discussion (14)
Zlatko3
Zlatko3 | 19 Oct 2015 at 23:17
  • Market is unavailable - as known issue - but why? why do i have to use pc with windows? it makes non sense to me... :/

luvpooch
luvpooch | 13 Dec 2015 at 19:24

I cannot believer that there isn't a reliable  easy upload of MT4 for the enormous amount of MAC users out here. PlayonMac failed. XM does not allow people from the US .....do I have to go out and buy a Microsoft computer???

 So disappointed.

CMC 

Feri Muhibudin
Feri Muhibudin | 28 Jan 2016 at 02:10
why not make Mac OS X version?
Henry Latourrette
Henry Latourrette | 18 Jun 2016 at 22:19

seriously guys... when will a Mac OS X Metatrader version be available ? 

 It's been years from this and this was never working properly.  

macostrader
macostrader | 3 May 2017 at 20:32
Hello dear @MetaQuotes Software Corp. team,  do you plan some update for macOS users ? 

I think, nowdays, there are so many MAC users out there who desire for MT4 native app. And MAC users group is getting bigger and bigger. They deserve app that meets the expectations of demanding user. 

Some  essential in 21st century is support of high resolution screens 2560x1600 or even higher 4k monitors. There are welcome also some UX & UI improvements. Yeah, you can use unstable PlayOnMac software to run Windows app on MAC , but it is not real solution from such big company as MetaQuotes.And it is not even hard, I think. Team of experienced programmers can solve this very fast. There must be only will. You don’t need to make whole new app out of scratch. You have a great app already, it only needs to be “re-coded” to other programming language.

Hope you make this app soon, and make MetaTrader Great Again !!!
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