How to install MetaTrader 4 on Mac? - a step by step guide

Installing MetaTrader 4 is a bit different on Apple computers than on Windows devices. Because the software was originally created for Windows users, it takes some additional steps to run MT4 on macOS.
 
First off, traders need to install software that allows them to run Windows-based programs on the Mac. They can either download Wine itself or other third-party applications, such as PlayOnMac, that is based on Wine.
 
After installing the Wine software, traders can head over to the website to download MT4 on Mac, whether it’s on their broker’s platform or the official MetaTrader 4 website. The download file will be in the Windows application format (.exe) but since the Wine software is already installed, Mac will have no problems opening the installation file.
 
The installation process is pretty straightforward from there: by double-clicking the file, an installation window will appear. Traders need to follow these steps: read and agree to the EULA, select the destination folder, and let the system finalize the process.
 
At the end of the installation, the Wine software will offer the user to create shortcuts on the desktop for the actual MT4 terminal, as well as MetaEditor. Once that is finished, a trader can open up the software and start using it.

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MT4 Mac installation - how is it different from Windows?

As already mentioned in the introduction, the installation process for MT4 on Mac is a bit different from Windows. Instead of downloading the installation file and going right ahead, which is basically how Windows users would install this program, the Mac users have to take some additional steps before that.
 
The reason for it is that the MetaTrader software was originally created for Windows users in 2005. And since the two systems have completely different underlying platforms, they cannot run each other’s applications - that is, they cannot do that without the help of additional programs.

So, to install MetaTrader 4 on Mac, users first need to download a program that will enable MT4 to run on macOS. This software is called Wine and it opens the Mac system for “.exe” and other file extensions. Traders can download either Wine or other third-party programs that are also based on Wine. In our article, we’ll provide the installation guide for PlayOnMac, which basically does the same thing - open Windows applications on Mac.


Installing PlayOnMac

To download PlayOnMac, the user has to head over to the program’s official website (playonmac.com) and hit the Download PlayOnMac button. After downloading the Mac-compatible DMG package, they need to launch it from the Downloads section of the system.
 
Then, the first PlayOnMac launch window will appear where they have to press “Next” and allow the system to install all the necessary tools for the software. The first important tool to be installed is XQuarz. The user needs to press “Please download XQuartz for me” if they want the system to automatically do the whole thing. If not, they have to download the tool from the web.


An important aspect to mention here is that the XQuarz installation process has its own EULA that users have to agree with. Not only that, they’ll be required to enter the name and password of their macOS account.
 
After XQuartz is installed, the user has to restart the system for the changes to take effect. When the system is back online, they need to open the PlayOnMac setup file once again in the Downloads folder. This time, the setup will offer the installation of Microsoft fonts. The fonts are also necessary for the system to run properly, therefore, it’s not recommended to skip this part.
 
When the MS fonts are also installed, the PlayOnMac setup will finalize the installation. After that, the user will be ready for the MT4 download on Mac.


Installing the MT4 terminal

So, once the PlayOnMac software is installed in the system, the user can download the “.exe” file and run it on Mac without complications. As for where to download the installation file from, there are two main options: traders can either use their broker’s website - if, of course, it offers MT4 as a trading software - or head over to the official metatrader4.com to download the “mt4setup.exe” installation file.


Once the download is finished, the user will find the file in the Downloads folder. By double-clicking on it, the PlayOnMac window will appear. It will offer the same steps for the installation as the Windows system would.
 
By hitting the “next” button, agreeing to the End-User License Agreement, and selecting the destination folder for the installation, the process will continue automatically. Finally, PlayOnMac will offer the user to create various shortcuts on the desktop. The necessary ones for most traders will be the MT4 terminal itself and MetaEditor.



Once the shortcuts are put on the desktop, the installation will finish and MetaTrader 4 for Mac will be ready to use.
 

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How to install MT4 on Mac? - A summary

In this step by step guide on how to download and install MetaTrader 4 on your Mac device, we took all the required steps in order to enable the macOS to run a Windows-based program.
 
Since MT4 is an “.exe”-format application, the Mac device cannot run it without the additional help. That’s why, we needed to download a Wine-based program called PlayOnMac that allows users to run Windows apps on Mac.
 
When installing PlayOnMac, the installation tool will also prompt the users to download XQuartz and MS fonts. After they’re installed, PlayOnMac will also be ready to use.
 
Then we moved to the actual process of how to download and install MT4 on Mac guide. Once the “mt4setup.exe” is downloaded, the user needs to open it and follow the basic instructions. After that, the trading software will be accessible for a Mac user.
 

FAQ on installing MT4 on Mac

Is it difficult to install MT4 for Mac?
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The process of installing MT4 on Mac isn’t so much difficult as it is a bit more complex than its Windows counterpart. Instead of downloading the installation file and running it right away, the users need to download and install the additional software in the first place.
 
That software is either Wine itself or a Wine-based third-party program. In our case, we used PlayOnMac software that allows users to open Windows-based applications on their Mac device.
 
Only when the PlayOnMac software is installed are the users able to run the “mt4setup.exe” installation file. After that, the process is pretty much the same as on Windows: pressing “next”, agreeing to EULA, and choosing the destination folder. The next happens automatically and the software will be ready to use in just seconds.
 
What is the difference between installing MT4 on Mac and Windows?
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The main - in fact, the only - difference between installing MT4 on Mac and Windows is the fact that the software was originally developed for Windows devices. That means the installation file comes in the “.exe” format, which, as you know, is an unsupported file format for the macOS.
 
To run the Windows-supported application on Mac, the users need to download some sort of an emulator on their platform. The most popular emulator is called Wine, but there are also other third-party pieces of software that are also based on Wine, such as PlayOnMac.
 
So, when the user installs the Wine-based software on Mac, they’ll be able to run the “mt4setup.exe” and install MetaTrader 4 on their platform.

Where can I download the MT4 installation file for Mac?
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There are two main ways of downloading MetaTrader 4 on your Mac. The first method is to go to the service provider’s website and download the software from there, that is, of course, if the broker offers MT4 in the first place.
 
Another method, and a more universal one, is to head over to the official MT4 website - metatrader4.com - and download the installation file from there. The difference between the two versions will probably be in various indicators and tools: the broker’s software will probably have some additional elements, while the stock one will not. All in all, both methods of downloading MT4 on Mac are credible and both work more or less the same way.
 

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