MetaTrader 4 on Linux

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Introduction

Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. Linux systems are widely used in smartphones and server hardware. Many home PC users prefer it to MS Windows series.

In this article, you will find out how to work in MetaTrader 4 via one of the Linux versions - Ubuntu.


Installing Wine on Ubuntu

One of the Linux features is the absence of a unified distribution kit. Different groups of developers work on several Linux versions including Debian, Mint, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, etc. In this article we will consider one of the most popular distribution kits - Ubuntu.

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 Ubuntu.

  • 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.
  • It is strongly recommended to use the latest version of Ubuntu and Wine. Timely update provides the greatest stability of the trading platform.

All applications under Ubuntu are installed from the packages contained in repositories. In the latest versions of Ubuntu, the required Wine installation repository is already available in the system without additional settings. Therefore, to install Wine, you only need to execute one command on the command line (called "Terminal" in Ubuntu):

sudo apt-get install wine-stable

This command installs the latest stable version of Wine.

Installing Wine from the Command Line


You can also install the Wine version for developers. This version may contain various improvements, but be less stable. To install it, run the following command:

sudo apt-get install wine-development

If your Ubuntu version does not provide a repository and you get an error during Wine installation, run the following commands one by one:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

Next, update the package information by executing the following command:

sudo apt-get update

After the command execution, install Wine using the following command:

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

For details on installation under Ubuntu, please visit the official Wine site.


Starting MetaTrader 4

To install the terminal, download the installer "mt4setup.exe". After the download is complete, launch the setup file. The system will automatically determine that you are trying to run a file designed for Microsoft Windows and will offer to open it with Wine. Select this option and click "OK".

Opening MetaTrader 5 installation package via Wine

The system will automatically determine that you are trying to run a file designed for Microsoft Windows and will offer to open it with Wine. Select this option and click "OK". MetaTrader 4 installer will be launched. Complete all installation steps:

Installing MetaTrader 4

After installation is complete, you can start using MetaTrader 4 by running its terminal.exe file.

Another way to start using MetaTrader 4 in Ubuntu is copying the entire folder of the client terminal previously installed in Microsoft Windows:

Copying previously installed MetaTrader 4

After copying is complete, simply run terminal.exe file of MetaTrader 4 terminal. Wine will be used automatically to open the file. The screenshot below shows MetaTrader 4 terminal in Ubuntu system:


Known Issues

As was already mentioned above, Wine is not a completely stable software. Thus, some functions of the MetaTrader 5 terminal may work improperly. Currently the following issues are discovered:

Except for the above problem, you can enjoy all the features of MetaTrader 5 on Ubuntu.


MetaTrader 4 Data Directory

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

Home\.wine\drive_c\Program Files\MetaTrader 4


Conclusion

If we type "Linux" in MQL4.community search box, we will receive about 30 pages of results. This suggests that many users are interested in running MetaTrader 4 on this operating system, and it is necessary to have a unified source of information on the subject. There is only one article on the topic written by one of the community members and it is long out of date, as it was published in 2006.

In the present article, we described an easy way to run MetaTrader 4 under Ubuntu operating system. All basic terminal functions are available to traders. 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 Meta Trader 4 on Linux OS series.

Translated from Russian by MetaQuotes Software Corp.
Original article: https://www.mql5.com/ru/articles/1358

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mooz17
mooz17 | 12 Apr 2017 at 22:45

hi all!!

after weeks of looking around to install mt4 on my new linux mint 18.1,i finally finally got mt4 up and running!!!...actually you install mt4 via PlayonLinux....its quite simple really....you install playonlinux from your distro Software Manager...well.anyway,i got the idea/ways of setting up mt4  after watching this video from youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzgsruDTEuA 

cheezus
cheezus | 23 Nov 2017 at 13:52

Instructions don't work on Ubuntu 17.10 as the PPA is deprecated and the winehq version does not work.

Installing with PlayOnLinux hangs.

DGRL
DGRL | 9 May 2019 at 22:08

Does anyone has a solution for Ubuntu 18.04 server?

I did everything but keeps giving error of proxy

Gecko is not even available anymore i kep getting error  " couldn't find any package wne-gecko2.21"

Mono is installed but still error of proxy

Internet is full of so called solutions but for the server edition of ubuntu 18.04 its not working 

Hope someone can help me out 

Marco vd Heijden
Marco vd Heijden | 5 Jun 2019 at 20:39
DGRL:

Does anyone has a solution for Ubuntu 18.04 server?

I did everything but keeps giving error of proxy

Gecko is not even available anymore i kep getting error  " couldn't find any package wne-gecko2.21"

Mono is installed but still error of proxy

Internet is full of so called solutions but for the server edition of ubuntu 18.04 its not working 

Hope someone can help me out 

That is bionic beaver and that is the same one i proposed the solution for.

What is your processor architecture ? 

Here is the discussion for Metatrader on Linux: https://www.mql5.com/en/forum/10114/page3#comment_7845504

mangir
mangir | 29 Jun 2019 at 16:37

I have found an easy way to use mt4 on linux. I use linux mint cinnamon.


1-Find the folder in your windows computer, May be it is c: program files (x86)/ Meta Trader 4 IC Markets. 

2-Copy this folder any where in your linux computer.

3-Open this folder and right click terminal.exe, choose open with wine  ( I have Q4wine so I choose Q4wine)  now your MT4 is running on linux.

4-Bad news is no market tab, and can not adjust the tester speed.

5-Good news is you can do the same thing to run MT5 and MT5 has market tab and tester speed.






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