How to install MT4 on Mac OS

The need for these instructions

The use of Apple products, including Mac computers, has become widespread, and we find that a lot of our customers are opting for Macs instead of traditional Windows PCs. To accommodate this growing preference and ensure that the Mac users among our clients can successfully install the MetaTrader 4 trading platform on their Macs without any hassles, we have compiled the following detailed instructions to make the process simple and easy for you.

Please be advised that, at present, the MetaTrader 4 Mobile application already works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also, the application is available on the Mac App Store at no cost.

Installing Wine and PlayOnMac on Mac OS

We believe that the most efficient way to run MetaTrader 4 on your Mac is by installing Wine and PlayOnMac software on your Mac OS first. We will show you how to do that.

Installation of Wine

Wine is a type of free software that makes it possible for users of Unix-based systems to run applications developed for Microsoft Windows systems. One of the Wine versions has been developed expressly for Mac OS.

Be aware that the Wine application does not provide perfect stability, and some applications might not work perfectly when you try to launch them, and sometimes not at all.

To install Wine software on your Mac OS, we advise clients to use PlayOnMac, a free Wine-based application that has been designed for the purpose of easy installation of Microsoft Windows applications on Mac OS.

Installation of PlayOnMac

In order to install PlayOnMac, you first need to go to the official website of the product. Click on the Downloads tab and then on the link to download the latest version of PlayOnMac.

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Once the package download is complete, you need to launch the dmg file from the Downloads folder of your Mac.

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You should now see the PlayOnMac launch window on your screen. After double-clicking on it, click on “Next” to run the installer.

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The installer needs to check for and install a number of components. The first of these components is XQuartz, a piece of software that allows you to use X Window System on a Mac operating system. It has the necessary tools to set up the graphical user interface (GUI) on Unix-based OS.

MT4 on MAC os

You can choose to download XQuartz right now. If, however, you have already downloaded it or would prefer to do so later on, select “I’ve downloaded file by myself” in the case of the former, or “Don’t install XQuarz for the moment” in the case of the latter.

The XQuartz installation process involves a number of stages. The first stage entails reading the important “Read Me” information and accepting the license conditions.

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Before the installation begins, you will be prompted to enter your account password. You then click on “Install”.


The installation process is now under way. Wait for its completion. When that is done, you should restart your Mac for all the changes to take effect.


Once you have restarted your Mac, you now have to relaunch PlayOnMac by going to the Downloads folder again. The first launch window will open, prompting you to install MS Windows fonts so that the application can work properly.


You now need to accept the license agreement conditions for the installation process to be completed. Once that is done, you can start using PlayOnMac. The following main window should appear:

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Updating Wine

The Wine 1.4.1 version is the latest and most stable version currently available. The 1.4 version is installed along with PlayOnMac. Although less stable, Wine 1.5.21 beta release is also available for download and includes a number of improvements. We recommend that you install the latest version available for use.

If you want to upgrade to the latest Wine version, click on the “Tools” menu in your PlayOnMac and select “Manage Wine versions”.

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A window with a list of Wine versions will appear. Select the latest version, which happens to be 1.5.21 at the time of writing.

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Move the selected version to the right side of the window to begin installation.

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Once the installation process has been completed, the newly installed version will appear in the PlayOnMac Wine versions manager window, on the left. You can now close the window and proceed to install the MT4 trading terminal.

Installing MT4

To download the FxMars MetaTrader4 software, use the following link:

When the download is complete, you can go to the Downloads folder and launch the setup file. (It will be opened by PlayOnMac automatically.)


The multistage installation process of the trading terminal will begin.


Once the installation process has been completed, you will be prompted by PlayOnMac to create shortcuts for two MT4 terminal components: the client terminal proper and MetaEditor.


When you have created the shortcuts, you can proceed to start using MT4. In the PlayOnMac window, double-click on the “MetaTrader 4” icon.


In the event that you are unable to choose the right server by default when logging into MetaTrader 4, you might have to type in the server number. The following instructions show how the MT4 terminal appears on the screen of a Mac OS user:


Additional Notes

We have already mentioned that Wine software does not offer perfect stability. This might impact the performance of some of the MetaTrader 4 terminal functions. For instance, if the news feed contains Unicode symbols, the news will not show up, although news in English will be displayed properly.

At the present time, the problem discussed above is the only known outstanding issue. Aside from that, you are able to properly use all the features of MT4 that you would on a Windows PC.

MT4 Data Directory

PlayOnMac users have the benefit of having a separate virtual logical drive that is created for them by PlayOnMac. This makes it possible to have an appropriate environment for each installed program. The following path is the default one for the data folder of the installed terminal: Library\PlayOnMac\WinePrefix\MetaTrader_4_\Drive C\Program Files\MetaTrader 4

In Conclusion

By now, you will have learned and installed the MT4 software on your Mac OS. You can now begin trading with and we hope that your experience will be a positive one. Should you need any further assistance, please do contact us. We will be glad to be of help.

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