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Using MetaTrader 4 on a Mac


MetaTrader is an attractive platform to a wide range of users – both technically savvy users who like to code their own trading strategies, and traders who want a simple, intuitive and stable platform.

If you read the MetaTrader 4 system requirements, they say “The Client Terminal [that is, MetaTrader] can operate under Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/2003 [also Windows 7 and Windows Vista]”

But it IS possible to run MetaTrader 4 on a Mac - or on Linux, for that matter. Here's how to run MetaTrader 4 on a Mac.

In this article we look at what we feel is the best option for running MT4 on a non-Windows operating system. We will focus specifically on using the CrossOver or Wine Windows emulators, as we feel this is the easiest, in terms of time and skills required, and most efficient, in terms of your computer's system resources.

A Windows emulator – Wine and Crossover

You can choose either CrossOver or Wine as your Windows emulator. 

CrossOver, which is developed by CodeWeavers, is based on Wine. Both Wine and CrossOver Office are designed to run Windows programs on non-Windows operating systems.

So whats the difference between Wine and CrossOver?

Wine is free and open source. Crossover has open source code from Wine and also has some of its own proprietary code, but it will require a fee after a 30-day free-trail period.  Crossover has a Graphical User Interface (GUI), making it easy to work with.

Differences from the Codeweavers perspective:;forumcurPos=250;msg=77157

Differences from Wine perspective

Wine myths-


Installing MetaTrader 4 with CrossOver

If you choose Crossover, download and install it from

Launch CrossOver and you will see the following screen:

 CrossOver GUI


Choose ‘Select an Installer’, as shown above and browse to the MetaTrader setup file, for example, SaxoMT4.exe, and click Proceed.

Alternatively, after installing CrossOver, and having downloaded the MetaTrader setup file, just double click on the MetaTrader setup file.

Next you will see a CrossOver dialog box. Enter a ‘Bottle name’ and click ‘Create Bottle and Run’:

 CrossOver - enter bottle name


The standard MetaTrader installer will begin.

 SaxoMT4 Installer


I recommend you go with the defaults for the installation directory, however you can of course choose a new location to install MetaTrader.

 Installation settings


During the installation, MetaTrader will contact a download server to ensure you have the most up-to-date version:

 Downloading MT4 updates

 Final step



Click ‘Finish’, and MetaTrader will open.

And that’s it! MetaTrader is installed.

You can find and launch MetaTrader from the following location

 Launching MetaTrader


You can now trade, using MetaTrader, on a Mac. 

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michal michal
Does it really works? I've tried this to do few years back and it never could go well with Themida. Every time I've tried run terminal.exe it come with message that oreans.vxd driver cannot be open. It was both for wine and crossover. IMHO, using them to run metatrader is an urban fable, i.e. everyone says that it can be done but nobody actually does it. As for me, I simply use VritualBox (free from Oracle) with installed windows and metatrader on my Mac.
Anton Hughes Anton Hughes
HI Michal. I responded to your commend on LinkedIn, but for the benefit of readers here... ...we will do a follow up article on Running MT4 on a Mac - and hopefully we can include a video. We tested trading and other basic functions - and it was working as expected. We did not test advanced features such as Strategy Tester. If there are any particular features that you would like us to test please let me know.


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