MetaTrader 5 on Mac OS

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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.

In this article, you will find out how to work in MetaTrader 5 via the Apple's popular operating system.


Installing MetaTrader 5

The easiest way to install MetaTrader 5 is download the ready-made MetaTrader5.dmg package from the official website. Install the platform similarly to any other application — drag the platform icon to Applications and wait for the installation to complete.

Installing MetaTrader 5 in MacOS

MetaTrader for MacOS supports the Apple M1 chip and works reliably on any system version including Big Sur.

The installation package is compiled using CrossOver technology. This platform is based on Wine, but unlike other projects and Wine itself, CrossOver is a commercial product. Therefore, its development is much faster: the environment is optimized for better performance of Windows applications, while detected errors are quickly fixed. In contrast to "pure" Wine, CrossOver has more specialized nature as it is aimed at supporting the most popular office and other Windows applications. Compatibility with these applications is extensively tested and debugged, so they tend to run more stable than in Wine. MetaTrader is now among these applications.

You do not need to have CrossOver on your computer to install MetaTrader 5 from the ready-made DMG package. Accordingly, its use is absolutely free. You do not need to download any additional components or make any complex adjustments. The platform is immediately ready to go after being installed from the package.


Download MetaTrader 5 for Mac OS


If this does not suit you for some reason, below is an alternative way to launch MetaTrader 5 platform on your Mac.


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:

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


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 (37)
Arya Issac
Arya Issac | 11 Oct 2020 at 00:32

Hello All,

I just installed PlayonMac on my Mac, I am running the Catalina 10.15.6 on Macbook Pro, the way to install this file:

after you download PlayonMac, you need to go to System Preferences / Security & Privacy / Go to General Tab / on the bottom of the screen there will be an option to allow PlayonMac to be allowed.

Once you say ALLOW, than it will start working.


DONE ✅ 

networker911 khaled
networker911 khaled | 18 Oct 2020 at 10:57

This is really getting very frustrating all the available solution aren't profissional or suitable specially it keep crashes and i don't know how come this problem has been thiere for years and most of forex traders prefer to use MAC for security reasons and stability so how come MQL are not developing a proper 64 bit mac supported version is that means its the end of meta traders for apple users its really weird 


I really ask MQL to step up and develop a proper working version or it will be the end of MT5 or MT4 for apple users 

Blade000
Blade000 | 24 Oct 2020 at 10:47
It is Oct 2020 yet there is still NO MT4 or MT5 software for MacOS. The Wine/Crossover/VM/Virtual Box are all too slow to make MT4/5 usable. The user interface of both MT4 and MT5 are also of dinosaur age, why can't they improve it???? 
Sergey Golubev
Sergey Golubev | 20 Nov 2020 at 19:01

Some information related:

Forum on trading, automated trading systems and testing trading strategies

Metatrader 4/5 MACOS ????

Renat Fatkhullin , 2020.11.20 16:28

In a couple of weeks, there will be ready-made MT4 and MT5 packages for MacOS.

These are Wine-based installers packaged using CodeWeavers technology. The tests are in progress.

Works for Big Sur too. We will also provide support for M1.

If the old terminal shows Old version, then you just need to install the new version on top.

cytrader
cytrader | 20 Nov 2020 at 20:43

XM is already offering MT4 and MT5 terminals on Mac OS. It runs on Catalina and Big Sur.

I have recently updated to Big Sur and both terminals run fine.

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