MetaTrader 5 on Mac OS

15 January 2013, 12:40
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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 (31)
TobyFi
TobyFi | 2 Feb 2020 at 18:59

All above didn't work for me as a Mac 10.14 Mojave user and I went for another approach.

Used Virtual Box + new Windows 10 home installation (free). You can run Ubuntu and other systems also (but MetaTrader runs best on Windows)

Todo:

1. download Virtual Box on you Apple OS X mac system, install it: https://www.virtualbox.org/

2. download windows 10 https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10ISO

3. follow the installation guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuAVOpO7yF

4. when you have an up and running windows 10 home system on  your mac, use the MetaTrader 5 inside that virtual world/machine.

5. enjoy your windows system with MetaTrader for windows on a mac ;)

rapha99
rapha99 | 1 Mar 2020 at 06:55

Hello,

is there still no way to install the MT5 on MacOS Catalina? If there is a possible kit, would it be possible for someone to put the instructions in here?

Thanks!!!

yvesmatos
yvesmatos | 7 May 2020 at 14:42

Hello, 

There is no way to run MT5 on Catalina. I've searched almost everything to do run it, but right now, nothing works. 

I know that several people are using windows, but I know other several people that have Mac and have to try other things like Parallels, VirtualBox or bootcamp just to run MT4 ou 5.

 

Here my thoughts:

  • Wine - doesn't work
  • PlayonMac - doesn't work
  • MT4/5 on Catalina version - doesn't work
  • MT4/5 Mojave version - works but I gave up on it because MT5 crashes constantly and it is slow on Mojave.
  • VirtualBox - doesn't work (Mac gets really slow and it is hard to setup)
  • Bootcamp - works, but you use your storage just to install windows and MetaTrader. So boring to have to restart to access my files on MacOS
  • Parallels - works, but ($) and you use storage just to install windows for running MT5. 
  • WebTrader - works, but limited. 

Thus, I am using the WebTrader version of MT5 or if it is possible I restart my Mac in bootcamp.

I really hope we have a proper Mac version of MT5 soon.

Marc Marchioli
Marc Marchioli | 26 May 2020 at 12:24

I too am frustrated that n 2020 with the Mac market approaching double digits worldwide, there isn’t a native MT platform for Mac OS.


My background is unix programming and development so pretty familiar with the Mach kernel under Mac OS. It seems if there’s a unix version (not running ontop of Wine), it could easily be ported to Mac OS. I’m guessing there isn’t a non-PC version out there since all the notes point to running MT4/5 on top of Wine or PlayOnMac or VirtualBox which all emulate in some way a PC. 


Seems the market is over ripe for a native Mac MT platform!

I did try running on Parallels but it is pretty clunky and difficult with right mouse clicks which are abundant in MT4/MT5. At this point, getting an old laptop from a friend and am going to run MT4/MT5 on it solely. Pretty sad - brings back memories of 1995 days!

lanceroehrig
lanceroehrig | 18 Jun 2020 at 15:19

Incredible that we dont have an MT4 for mac osx that works post High Sierra.


I just had delivery of a £7K iMac pro 3 screens all for trading to discover that MT4 is not supported because its a 32 bit application.


Apple Business assure me that this is the 3rd party developers issue, they had 2 years to get in line with the new 64 bit architecture

and High Sierra and below are the only versions that work.They have had time. If they didnt follow suit we will not wait for them. Thats the official line from Apple, and given they gave them 2 years seems fair enough!

I spoke to all 3 of my brokers today here in the UK. These are guys who provide a mac friendly solution, nice app download and all works perfectly.

They have said that they too have asked metaquotes to sort this out given the amount of mac users now trading but it is out of their control.

Come on Guys pull your finger out and get a working 64 bit platform for Mac users!

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