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In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to use the MetaTrader, beloved by many, in Apple’s operating system.


Wine – is free software that allows users to Unix-based systems to run applications designed for use in Microsoft Windows. Among others, there is a version of Wine for Mac OS.

It should be noted that Wine is not completely stable product. This means that not all functions of the launched applications may work properly.

For installation on Mac OS, we recommend that you use open source development PlayOnMac. PlayOnMac – this software based on Wine, which allows to easily install Windows-based applications in Mac OS.

Installing PlayOnMac

To install PlayOnMac, go to the official website of the product, go to Downloads and click the link to download the latest version.

Download PlayOnMac

After the DMG-installation package is downloaded, run it from the Downloads folder of your system:

Starting the PlayOnMac

After that, a window of the first run will appear PlayOnMac. After clicking the “Next” button, the installer will start to check for and install the various components required for correct functioning.

The first launch PlayOnMac

The first of the components required for the operation is XQuartz. This software tool to use windowing system X Window System in Mac OS. X Window System provides the standard tools and protocols for building a graphical user interface to   UNIX-like operating systems.

Installing XQuartz

If you have already installed XQuartz, or you want to manually set it up later, select “Do not install XQuartz for the moment” or “I’ve downloaded file by myself” respectively.

Installing XQuartz takes several steps. The first step is to read the important information (Read Me) and agree to the license terms.

Installing XQuartz

Before the installation begins you will be required to enter the password to your account:

Installing XQuartz

Wait for the installation to finish. For the changes to take effect, you’ll have to restart your computer.

Completing the installation XQuartz

After the reboot, restart the installation file of PlayOnMac from the Downloads folder. You will once again see the window of the first run. Now the installer will offer to install the fonts MS Windows, required for correct functioning of the program.

Installing fonts

Accept the license agreement and complete the installation. At this point PlayOnMac will be ready to use, and you will see the main window:

The main window PlayOnMac

Wine Updates

At the PlayOnMac installed Wine version 1.4. Currently, the latest stable version is Wine 1.4.1. Also available for download the beta version Wine 1.5.21, which contains a large number of improvements, but can be less stable. It is recommended to install the latest version of Wine.

To update to the latest version of Wine, open the top menu, and then click PlayOnMac Manage Wine Versions:

Managing version of Wine

This will open a window with the available versions for installing Wine. Select the latest version (currently 1.5.21).

Available to install versions of Wine

Move the latest version of Wine in the right part of the window. Then start the installation process.

Update to the latest version of Wine

After installation, the new version of Wine will appear in the left pane PlayOnMac wine versions manager. Then you can close the window and proceed with the installation of the terminal MetaTrader 4.

Installing MetaTrader 4

To install MetaTrader 4 Download the package from the official website Go to ” Download ” and click link  “Download for free”.

Download the distribution of MetaTrader 4

When the download completes, run the installation file. It will automatically open using PlayOnMac.

Installing MetaTrader 4

This will launch the installation process of the terminal, go through all its stages:

Installing MetaTrader 4

After installation PlayOnMac prompts you to create shortcuts for the components of the MetaTrader 4 – of the client terminal, the code editor MetaEditor and MetaTrader 4 Strategy Tester Agent:

Создание ярлыков

After you create the necessary shortcuts you can start to work with MetaTrader 4. To run the terminal, double-click on it in the PlayOnMac.

Установленный терминал MetaTrader 4

Here is the MetaTrader 4 in Mac OS:

MetaTrader 4 в Mac OS

Catalog data of MetaTrader 4

For each installed program PlayOnMac creates its own virtual disk with the necessary environment. On the disk the terminal data catalog after the installation can be found in:

LibraryPlayOnMacWinePrefixMetaTrader_4_Drive CProgram FilesMetaTrader 4


This article provides a fast and easy way to start using MetaTrader 4 in Mac OS. Despite the absence of a special version of the platform for this operating system, you can still work effectively with it. We hope that this article, but rather comments on it, will be an excellent place for the knowledge base about the features of MetaTrader 4 run on this operating system.


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