Tallinex MetaTrader 4 for Mac / Linux
Installing MetaTrader 4 on Linux, Unix and Mac OS
- You can run genuine Windows as a Virtual Machine (VM)
Running a VM is a very good option if you need access to a real copy of Windows because software runs exactly as it would on a normal Windows machine.
There are two very good products that add Virtual Machine support to Linux, Unix and Mac OS systems:
- VMware Workstation, a commercial product available from VMware (http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/)
- Oracle VirtualBox, a freeware alternative to VMware from Oracle (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/)
Both of the above products will allow you to install genuine copies of Windows onto your Linux/Unix/MAC OS system and run Windows as an application alongside your main operating system.
- You can use a Windows converter/emulator
Probably the most popular product in this arena is "Wine". This is a free product which translates the commands issued by Windows applications into instructions that can be processed by the operating system actually running on your computer - be that Linux, Unix or Mac OS.
The result is that users of non-Windows systems like Linux, Unix and Mac OS are able to run many Windows applications directly on their Desktops - right alongside native applications.
There are now versions of Wine for several different operating systems, including the main "brands" of Linux, and all of the various versions are available here: http://www.winehq.org/
IMPORTANT: Wine is not a commercial product and is still not able to offer 100% Windows compatibility, however, most Windows applications (even Microsoft Office!) will run quite happily with it. Having said that, you should not be surprised to find some unsupported functionality when running Windows applications on other operating systems using Wine.
For installation of MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS, our recommendation is to use the free "WineBottler" application (http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/) - just download the WineBottler installation 'dmg' package to your Mac OS computer and start it by "dragging and dropping" the Wine icon on the Applications icon.
When you do that, the installation process will begin. It does not take very long so just wait until the process completes. To save time and disk space, only the Wine software itself is needed from the package.
Once complete, you will be able to run Microsoft Windows applications on your Mac OS computer.
The next step is to install MetaTrader 4...
There are two ways of doing this - either: download and run the Tallinex MT4 installation file, or simply copy the entire installation folder of an existing MetaTrader 4 client terminal from a Microsoft Windows system (this is easiest to do if you have access to a network running Windows computers with MetaTrader 4 installed).
Either way, when opening the new installation directory on your Mac, you will see the MT4 executable files (terminal.exe, metaeditor.exe, etc.) which should display the WineBottler icon, meaning that they will be executed via Wine.
In general, MetaTrader 4 runs very well on Mac OS using Wine(Bottler) but there are still some minor issues/incompatibilities to accept:
- Push notifications cannot be sent from the client terminal
- English news bulletins display correctly, but those containing Unicode symbols will not be readable
Well, that's it... Enjoy Tallinex MetaTrader 4 on your Mac / Linux / Unix system!