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How to Subscribe to Trading Signals

9 October 2012, 15:38
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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.

If you can't find the desired signal in the Showcase of Signals in your terminal, use the built-in search system.

How to Subscribe on the Site

Open the Signal page and click "Subscribe". If the trade platform is not installed on your PC, click "download it here" link in the window that appears. The official MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 site will open, where the terminal can be downloaded and installed. Otherwise click "Start copying in MetaTrader". The 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.

Subscribing to signals on

  • All subscriptions can be managed in the 'My Subscriptions' section.
  • With a real account one can subscribe only to a signal based on a real account.

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.


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Last comments | Go to discussion (298)
Eleni Anna Branou
Eleni Anna Branou | 12 Jan 2018 at 11:18


I opened a broker account and subscribed to a signal with a capital of 100 (utilisation at 95%). Yesterday I transferred additional 100 to the broker account.

With the money increased to 200 I was expecting to see the existing open positions to double (to match the increased size of the account), but the size of the open positions (which are currently marginally loss making) is unchanged.

Do you have any idea, why the open positions did not increase proportionally? (I have not yet seen what happens with the opening of a new position)

Thanks for your help

The new copying ratio will be effective for any new trades and not the existing ones.

Eleni Anna Branou
Eleni Anna Branou | 12 Jan 2018 at 11:22

You can also close the existing trades and re-synchronize with the signal again, so the positions will be opened again but with the new copying ratio.

This solution is not adivsable in general and not in any case if the current open positions are in profit !!!

Swissmetatrader | 12 Jan 2018 at 11:27
Eleni Anna Branou:

The new copying ratio will be effective for any new trades and not the existing ones.


Many thanks

ravenz | 2 Feb 2018 at 12:49
if one wants to copy the signals in automatic of a trader who is on avatrade, can one do it while being at another broker?
Eleni Anna Branou
Eleni Anna Branou | 2 Feb 2018 at 12:55

Yes you can, but you need to becareful of the slippage problems (slippage is the difference in price between brokers).

Check the slippage tab of the signal you want to copy and if your broker is on the green values or the upper yellow, then you should be fine.

If your broker is within the lower yellow or red values, then you should avoid it.

There is a case when slippage doesn't matter a lot and this is if the signal provider trades rarely or the holding time of positions is quite long (longer term trading).

If the signal uses a scalping short term strategy, then slippage is very important.

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