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Neal_Van
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Neal_Van  

I would like to resell my EA but not give away the code.. Is there a safe way to do this?

Kind regards, Neal Russell Vanderstelt

whroeder1
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whroeder1  
Do not give away your code. Result is perfectly safe. May I ask you to research the Market.
Neal_Van
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Neal_Van  
whroeder1:
Do not give away your code. Result is perfectly safe. May I ask you to research the Market.

Hi Whroeder,

Does the .exe contain the code and can't it be acquired through a de-compiler?

Also, this is an "EA," so I'm not sure if it would work through an EA and template approach..

kind regards, Neal

Anthony Garot
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Anthony Garot  
Neal_Van:

Hi Whroeder,

Does the .exe contain the code and can't it be acquired through a de-compiler?

Also, this is an "EA," so I'm not sure if it would work through an EA and template approach..

kind regards, Neal

Your source code is .mq4 (for MQL4) and .mq5 (for MQL5). Obviously, you don't give this away.

Compiled MQL code is .ex4 (for MQL4) and .ex5 (for MQL5). These are relatively safe to distribute. Can these be de-compiled?  Probably. See: https://www.mql5.com/en/forum/146009/page5#comment_3685638

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How to Start with Metatrader 5

Sergey Golubev, 2017.07.17 07:56

Buy the tools in the market - activation

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How to buy a Trading Robot in MetaTrader Market?

The process of purchasing

Everything starts with the Activation in the Market. When you buy a product you do not actually get the product itself but the right to use it an unlimited number of times, but on a limited number of computers. This parameter is set for each paid product individually and it is disabled for free products.

After one activation you can use the product on a computer without any restrictions. You will not be able to download the copy of the product on another computer. If you installed the file manually, you will not open it either. Number of activations can be found on the page with a detailed description of the product in the column with its specifications (described above).

How to Test a Trading Robot Before Buying

Buying a trading robot on MQL5 Market has a distinct benefit over all other similar options - an automated system offered can be thoroughly tested directly in the MetaTrader 5 terminal. Before buying, an Expert Advisor can and should be carefully run in all unfavorable modes in the built-in Strategy Tester to get a complete grasp of the system, seeing that every Expert Advisor offered on MQL5 Market has a demo version available.

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TIPS FOR PURCHASING A PRODUCT ON THE MARKET. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

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Best way to monitor EA execution remotely

Sergey Golubev, 2016.09.29 12:36

If it is about the Market so the buyer can use EA according to the number of the activations which are linked to the PC and OS:

Rules of Using the Market Service -

12. The fact of creation of a secure version of the Product for the Buyer's equipment configuration is called Activation.
13. The number of free Product Activations available to the Buyer on another PC after purchasing the Product is defined by the Seller. The minimum number of such Activations is 4.
14. The Buyer purchases the right to activate a Product as many times as specified by the Seller at the moment of purchasing or renting this Product. For example, if a Product allows 20 activations at the moment of its purchase, the Buyers can install it on 20 different hardware configurations even if the Seller will decrease this number afterwards.

So, 1 activation = unlimited using on 1 PC (one particular computer - hardware) with one OS (Operating System, for example - with Windows 8.1).

For example, if I buy your EA via the market with 1 activation so I can use it on one my PC only with my OS (Windows XP for example) only. And I can not use EA on the other computer, and I can not use EA  with same computer with different OS. So, this is the protection: even if someone can get your EA remotedly (from you or from the buyer) so he/she can not use it: he/she have to buy this EA with the activation fro the market (from you for example).

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If you question is related to the coding/programming so sorry (I can not help) ...

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Activating an expert advisor

Sergey Golubev, 2016.08.10 17:00

Rules of Using the Market Service -
12. The fact of creation of a secure version of the Product for the Buyer's equipment configuration is called Activation.
13. The number of free Product Activations available to the Buyer on another PC after purchasing the Product is defined by the Seller. The minimum number of such Activations is 4.
14. The Buyer purchases the right to activate a Product as many times as specified by the Seller at the moment of purchasing or renting this Product. For example, if a Product allows 20 activations at the moment of its purchase, the Buyers can install it on 20 different hardware configurations even if the Seller will decrease this number afterwards.

The author/seller can prodide more activation. How many activation do you have and how many of them were left?
Go to your Profile - Purchases


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Product Activation Question

Stuart Browne, 2015.03.06 11:32

The activation number is the number of different PC's you can use the product on with one license, not how many times it's been downloaded. It's a common misconception :)

As Alain said above, you get one activation per PC, regardless of the number of accounts you are running on that PC. So if the product shows 5 activations, you can use it on 5 different PCs under the MQL5 login account you purchased the indicator or EA on.


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Just some thread with the issue to be solved:

[SOLVED] Product Activation problem
https://www.mql5.com/en/forum/227495

Icham Aidibe
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Icham Aidibe  
https://www.metatrader5.com/en/metaeditor/help/development/mql5_cloud_protector
Advanced Protection for Programs - Creating Programs - MetaTrader 5
Advanced Protection for Programs - Creating Programs - MetaTrader 5
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Executable files EX4/EX5 are reliably protected from compilation. MQL5 Cloud Protector provides an advanced protection level for your applications. A similar method is used in the largest store of trading applications MetaTrader Market, where the EX4/EX5 product files submitted by sellers are additionally compiled to native code. The only...
Anthony Garot
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Anthony Garot  
Icham Aidibe:
https://www.metatrader5.com/en/metaeditor/help/development/mql5_cloud_protector
I had forgotten about this. This should allay the OP's fears.
Neal_Van
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Neal_Van  
Icham Aidibe:
https://www.metatrader5.com/en/metaeditor/help/development/mql5_cloud_protector

Icham,

I don't get it.. How is this different than just providing the .exe without a source file?

Kind Regards, Neal

Neal_Van
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Neal_Van  
Anthony Garot:
I had forgotten about this. This should allay the OP's fears.
I'm still not clear how to use this.. It is not available in my tools.. Is there a download or update for this?
Alain Verleyen
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Alain Verleyen  
Neal_Van:
I'm still not clear how to use this.. It is not available in my tools.. Is there a download or update for this?
Not available for mql4.
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