MetaTrader 4 on MAC
As Apple’s Mac computers are becoming increasingly popular, more and more of our clients are choose a Mac over Windows PC. This is why we wanted to create this guide to help you to install the award-winning MetaTrader 4 platform on Mac OS operating system.
Please note that MetaTrader 4 Mobile application already works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The MetaTrader 4 Mobile is available on the App Store free of charge. In our opinion installing Wine and PlayOnMac software is the fastest and easiest way to run the most popular application for Forex trading in Mac OS. Next, we go through in details how you can install them to your Mac OS.
Wine is 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. Please 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 Wine-based software for easy installation of Windows applications on Mac OS.
To install PlayOnMac, open the product’s official web site, move to Downloads section and click the link for downloading the latest version.
INSTALLING METATRADER 4 ON MAC OS
After downloading the DMG package, launch it from Downloads section of your system:
PlayOnMac first launch window will appear. After clicking “Next”, the installer will start checking and installing the various components necessary for work.
The first necessary component is XQuartz. This is 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.
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.
Before the installation, Mac OS security system will ask you to enter your account’s password:
Wait for the installation to complete. For changes to take effect, you should restart your Mac.
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.
Accept the license agreement conditions and wait till the installation is complete. After that, PlayOnMac is ready for use. Its main window will appear:
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:
The window with Wine versions available for installation will open. Select the latest version (1.5.21 at the moment).
Move the latest Wine version to the right side of the window. The installation will start.
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 4 trading terminal.
Here is the download link for PriorFX MetaTrader4 software:
After the download is complete, launch the setup file. PlayOnMac will be used automatically to open it.
The standard terminal installation process with all its stages will start:
When the installation is complete, PlayOnMac will offer you to create the shortcuts for MetaTrader 4 terminal components – the client terminal itself and MetaEditor:
After creating the necessary shortcuts, you can start using MetaTrader 4. Double click on it in PlayOnMac window to launch the terminal.
When logging into MetaTrader 4, you may need to type the server number if you cannot choose the correct PriorFX server by default. Below you can see MetaTrader 4 terminal on Mac OS:
As it was mentioned in the beginning, Wine is not completely stable software. Thus, some functions of the MetaTrader 4 terminal may work improperly. For example the news are not displayed, in case they contain Unicode symbols. However, the News in English are displayed correctly. Currently, except for the above problem, you can enjoy all the features of MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS.
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:
LibraryPlayOnMacWinePrefixMetaTrader_4_Drive CProgram FilesMetaTrader 4
We hope that this document has helped you to install MetaTrader 4 on your Mac OS operating system and you are ready to start trading with PriorFX.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support as we are here to help you.
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