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MetaTrader4 on Mac OS

Apple products have become very popular. MetaQuotes Software Corp. has already released the special mobile applications for iOS-based devices - MetaTrader4 for iPhone and MetaTrader5 for iPhone.

Below you can find the article, how to use MetaTrader4 in the Apple's popular Mac OS operating system.

Installing Wine on Mac OS

Wine is a free program that allows users to run an application developed for the Windows systems. Among all the Wine versions there is one for Mac OS.

We should note that Wine is not a fully stable and reliable application. It means that some functions in the applications you run under it may work improperly.

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 at, go to Downloads section and click the link to download the latest version.

Having downloaded the DMG package, run it from Downloads section of your system.

After that, PlayOnMac first launch window will appear. Clicking "Next" to start checking and installing the various components necessary for work.

The first of the necessary components is XQuartz. This is a program for using X Window System on Mac OS. X Window System provides standard tools and protocols supporting the graphical user interface in Unix-like OS.

If you have already had XQuartz installed or decided to postpone the installation, click "Don't install XQuartz for the moment" or "I've downloaded file by myself", respectively.

XQuartz is installed in several stages. At first, you should read the important information (Read Me) and accept the license conditions.

Before the installation starts, Mac OS security system will ask your account's password.

Having completed the installation, you should restart your PC for changes to take effect.

After rebooting the system, run PlayOnMac again from the setup file in Downloads folder. This time, the program will offer you to install the Windows fonts that are necessary for correct operation.

Agree to the license agreement conditions and wait till the installation is complete. After the installation, you will see the main window of PlayOnMac. It is ready for use.

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 reliable. It is recommended to install the latest version of Wine.

To upgrade Wine to the latest version, select “Manage Wine Versions” from the PlayOnMac upper menu.

You will see the window with Wine versions available. Select the latest of them (currently it’s 1.5.21).

Move the selected Wine version to the right side of the window. After that, the installation procedure will start.

After the installation is complete, you will see the new version of Wine in the left part of PlayOnMac “Wine versions manager” window. Now you can then close this window and start installing MetaTrader4 trading terminal.

MetaTrader4 Installation

To instaTo install MetaTrader4, use the direct link mt4setup.exe.

Having downloaded it, run the setup file. PlayOnMac will automatically open it.

After that, the standard terminal installation process with all its stages will start.

After completing the installation, PlayOnMac will offer you to create the shortcuts for MetaTrader4 terminal components - the client terminal and integrated “MetaEditor” MQL-editor.

After creating the shortcuts, you can start using MetaTrader4. To launch the terminal, double click on it in PlayOnMac window.

The screenshot below shows you MetaTrader4 terminal on Mac OS.

Known Issues

As it has been already mentioned above, Wine is not a completely stable software. Thus, some functions of the MetaTrader4 terminal may work improperly. The following issues are currently discovered:

News are not displayed, in case they contain Unicode symbols. News in English are displayed correctly.

Except for the above problem, you can enjoy all the features of MetaTrader4 on Mac OS.

MetaTrader4 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_4_\Drive C\Program Files\MetaTrader 4


There are a lot of applications, which allow you to run Windows-based programs under Mac OS operating system, but most of them are commercial. This article describes one of the fastest and easiest ways to launch the most popular application for Forex trading in Mac OS. Traders have access to the main functions of the terminal, which may help them to trade successfully.