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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 MQL5.community forum, where people are seeking a solution for running MetaTrader 5 under the Mac OS operating system. In this article, you will find out how to work in MetaTrader 5 via the Apple's popular operating system.


Wine

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:

Managing 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 5 trading terminal.


MetaTrader 5 Installation

To install MetaTrader 5, download the distribution package from www.metatrader5.com official web site. Move to Download section and click "Download free".

Downloading MetaTrader 5 distribution package

After the download is complete, launch the setup file. PlayOnMac will be used automatically to open it.

Installing MetaTrader 5

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

Installing MetaTrader 5

When the installation is complete, PlayOnMac will offer you to create the shortcuts for MetaTrader 5 terminal components - the client terminal itself, MetaEditor and MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester Agent:

Creating shortcuts

After creating the necessary shortcuts, you can start using MetaTrader 5. Double click on it in PlayOnMac window to launch the terminal.

Installed MetaTrader 5 terminal

Below you can see MetaTrader 5 terminal on Mac OS:

MetaTrader 5 on Mac OS


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 Mac OS.


MetaTrader 5 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_5_\Drive C\Program Files\MetaTrader 5


Conclusion

In this article we described a fast and easy way to run MetaTrader 5 on Mac OS. Despite the absence of a special version of the terminal for the operating system, you still can efficiently work with the trading platform. 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 5 under this operating system.


Translated from Russian by MetaQuotes Software Corp.
Original article: https://www.mql5.com/ru/articles/619

Last comments | Go to discussion (13)
Henrique Vilela
Henrique Vilela | 26 Feb 2015 at 22:42
There's any workaround that a Mac user can do to acquire products from the MQL5 market?
Guilherme Mendonca
Guilherme Mendonca | 4 Jul 2015 at 01:24

First of all, Its unacceptable that is not a MT5/MT4 Mac version.  Can't believe it!!

Second, Is it possible to install the 64Bit Version of MT5 using PlayOnMac ?

cksiong2002
cksiong2002 | 28 Jul 2016 at 14:24
But I can not buy something in the market?
GlenOoO
GlenOoO | 28 Aug 2016 at 05:40
Don't waste your time with Play On Mac!!! Buy a copy of VMware Fusion OR Parallels AND a copy of Windows - Market Place issues are non-existent and MT looks beautiful on a retina screen (if you have one).
Henry Latourrette
Henry Latourrette | 14 Oct 2016 at 03:06

is it very difficult to have a team of programming creating a Mac version of Metatrader 5? 

 I can't believe that metaquotes doesn't care about that.  How much is it? I would pay for it, what's the matter. We need a MAC OS X Metatrader 5 version

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