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2 July 2012, 10:52
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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 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 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


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.
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Last comments | Go to discussion (15)
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 I have to go out and buy a Microsoft computer???

 So disappointed.


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.  

almanahhh | 17 Aug 2016 at 19:15

How it's possible, that in 21th century (2016), there is no serious solution for RETINA 4k and 5K resolution

displays , from MetaQuotes Software Corp. ??? Where do we live, in Stone Age ?

Even I don't talk about MT4 mobile app . It is useless.. There is 1 update per century ! 
Please fix it,, please please please 

cosmo_kramer | 27 Dec 2016 at 22:39

LOL exactly my sentiment for years now.  BUT instead of begging those bastards who put the broker's interest first and traders' interest last--don't believe me?  ask them about the Virtual Dealer Plug-In and how the MT4/5 server solution for brokers allows brokers to create different price feeds and execution policies depending on the trader or the group traders have been put in, and also spike the feed depending on the trader or group--

so instead of begging them, you should learn how to trade with a professional client application with a professional broker (in the retail space, there are maybe 3 or 4 so-called professional brokers available):  by client application i mean, for ex: MotiveWave, NinjaTrader, Sierra Charts, eSignal, CQG QTrader, etc.... (for futures market trading, there are more than 60+ such apps available), and web based,   

and no: MT4/5 or cTrader are NOT professional apps.  the Level 2 in cTrader is a joke and just window-dressing compared to what is available in pro apps.


to summarize:  if your broker does not give you access to Level 2 DOM (Depth-Of-Market) avoid!!! 1 exception:  some brokers are DMA genuine but because they only offer MT4 because most of the idiots out there are not willing to try something  better than MT4/5, and because MT4 is not designed to show Level 2 because MT4 was designed for Market Maker brokers in the first place (not to help traders),  so because of that they won't be able to show you Level 2 price ladder.  BUT if the broker offers you FIX connection, then all you have to do is pay the monthly fee and connect with whatever pro app you like best to your broker's servers (because all pro apps talk FIX, the standard protocol in the financial industry).  

 want to know more, PM me. 

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