How to install Metatrader 4 (MT4) in Windows & Mac OS

First of 2 part ‘how-to’ guide on Metatrader 4 (MT4) us from installation to adding new custom indicators.

In this post, we show you how to install MT4 in just a few clicks on computers running Windows or Macintosh. You can also watch our step by step video guide located at the end of this post.


Metatrader 4 (MT4) Windows OS installation


1. Obtain a copy of Metatrader 4

You can download a copy of MT4 from the below link.

Sign up with a real email and a download link will be sent to you.

After you have received the link, download MT4 to your desktop.


2. Run the Metatrader 4 installer

  • If prompted by Windows, click on Yes to allow the program to run.

Windows prompt to install MT4


  • When prompted by the installer, click on Next.

Axitrader MT4 setup dialogue box


  • Agree with the terms and Click on Next to proceed.

AxiTrader MT4 End User License Agreement


  • Make changes to the Installation folder if you wish to install MT4 into another folder. Other Click on Next.

MT4 setup - choose installation folder


  • The installer would then continue to download and install the rest of the files.

MT4 installation progress


  • Once installation is completed, Click on Finish.

Click finish


  • Metatrader 4 (MT4) will run after the installation process is complete. When prompted to create a new demo account, you can do so, or just cancel and login to your account.

MT4 default look


MT4 Mac OS (Apple) installation

Running Metatrader 4 on Mac OS might be a daunting process for some. However there are some easy ways to do so. In this post, I’ll be highlighting the easiest solution which happens to be free as a added bonus.


1. Obtain a copy of Metatrader 4


2. Run the Metatrader 4 installer

Drag the Metatrader 4 program icon into the Applications Folder and allow the installation process to complete. After installation, you can run  Metatrader 4 via Launchpad.

MT4 Mac installation

  • Depending on your security settings, you might be prompted with a warning. Click on Open to open the software.

Security warning prior to installation

  • If you’re not able to run Metatrader 4 after installation, it could be due to your security settings. Go through the following steps to allow Metatrader 4 to run.
  • Open System Preference and Click on Security & Privacy

Where to change security settings

  • Click on the Lock Icon at the bottom left hand corner to unlock the setting. You might be prompted to key in your password.
  • Then Click on Open Anyway.
  • If nothing happens then Click on the Metatrader 4 program icon from Launchpad once more.

Change your security setting for MT4

Step by Step Video Guide

  • Installing Metatrader 4 (MT4) on Windows computer


  • Installing Metatrader 4 (MT4) on Mac OS (Apple) computer

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4 thoughts on “How to install Metatrader 4 (MT4) in Windows & Mac OS”

  1. Chiah Hang Dennis Eng says:

    Hi Jerome,
    Can i check with you whether we can install nbox on MT4 Mac OS based on the method you shown above? Appreciate if you could direct me to any link or youtube video… Thanks

    1. Jerome Lee says:

      Yes, you can install nBox into an MT4 running on Mac OS. This will be addressed in my next post. Alternatively you can check my video published on youtube on how to install indicators on MT4 for mac.

  2. Jacky Chen says:

    Hi jerome, may I know if the indicators which is usually used for window version can be used in MT4 (mac OS version)? Thanks.

    1. Jerome Lee says:

      Yes, most indicators should be able to work. If you encounter any compatibility issues then you might need to check with the developer. Note that EAs are a different story however and may not necessarily work on the mac version of MT4.

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