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MetaTrader 4 for Linux (Ubuntu)
Posted by Olga Palikarpava on 09 December 2014 02:40 PM

MetaTrader 4 for Linux

Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. Linux systems are widely used in smartphones and server hardware. 

One of the Linux features is the absence of a unified distribution kit. Different groups of developers work on several Linux versions including Debian, Mint, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, etc.

Below there is one of the possible methods of installing MetaTrader 4 on a popular distribution kit - Ubuntu. It consists of 1) installing Wine and 2) installing (opening) MT4 via Wine.

* Wine is free software that allows users of the Unix-based systems to run an application developed for the Microsoft Windows systems.  

Note that Wine is not a fully stable application. Thus, some functions in the applications you start under it may work improperly or not work at all.

  

How to install Wine on Ubuntu

Preliminary setup should be performed before the Wine installation.

All applications on Ubuntu are installed from the packages, contained in repositories. To install Wine, please add the path to WineHQ PPA repository:

  • Open Ubuntu Software Center and execute "Software Sources" command in the "Edit" menu.

  • Choose the Other Software tab and click Add in the new window.

  • Enter the following data in АРТ (Advanced Package Tool) line:

    ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
  • Click Add Source


    This completes the preliminary setup.

 

To install Wine follow the next steps:

  1. Open the official website, go to the Downloads section and choose the distribution kit for Ubuntu.

  2. Click the appropriate link to install the latest Wine version.

  3. Open the link via Ubuntu Software Center.

  4. Click Install and wait for the installation to complete.


Installing Wine from the Command Line

To install Wine without using Ubuntu GUI use the command line (which is called "Terminal" in Ubuntu).

Execute the following command to add WineHQ PPA repository, from which Wine will be installed:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

After its execution, update APT package data using the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Upon its execution, you can start Wine installation. Execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install wine1.5

Wine v. 1.5 will be installed and ready for use.

Wine creates a separate virtual logical drive for every installed program. The default path of the terminal's data folder is:
Home\.wine\drive_c\Program Files\MetaTrader 4

 

How to run MetaTrader 4

To start using MetaTrader 4, you should:

1) download and install the installation file;

2) copy the entire folder of the client terminal installed in Microsoft Windows.
 

MT4 installation includes the following steps: 

  1. Download the installation file at the official fxopen.com

  2. The system will offer to open the file with Wine. Select this option and click "OK". MetaTrader 4 installer will be launched.

  3. Complete all installation steps of standard installation process.

  4. After installation is complete, you can start using MetaTrader 4 by running its terminal.exe file.

Copying the entire folder of MT4 includes the following steps:

  1. Copy the entire folder of the client terminal previously installed in Microsoft Windows.

  2. After copying is complete, simply run terminal.exe file of MetaTrader 4 terminal. Wine will be used automatically to open the file.

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