What is a Forex Trading Platform?

A forex trading platform is an online software which enables investors to access the foreign exchange market. It can be used to open, close and manage trades from the device of their choice and contains a variety of tools, indicators and timeframes designed to allow you to monitor and analyse the markets in real-time.

Trading platforms such as MetaTrader don’t just limit you to foreign exchange — you can trade a variety of other financial instruments including commodities, precious metals, CFDs and more.

A client-centric broker like FXTM makes these cutting-edge platforms available to download for free, and offers you any technical or practical support you may need.

What’s the difference between the MT4 and MT5 trading platforms?

MetaQuotes Software created MT4 and MT5 with great trading in mind. Both platforms offer pioneering automated trading systems, a host of tools and expert advisors and an intuitive user interface. They also both offer customisable features, meaning each user’s trading experience is tailored to their requirements.

However, there are significant differences between the two — and it is vital to understand the unique features of each platform to identify the right fit for you.



MetaTrader 4, also known as MT4, is a stand-alone online trading platform developed by MetaQuotes Software. Trading on MT4 with FXTM provides access to a range of markets and hundreds of different financial instruments, including foreign exchange, commodities, CFDs and indices.

It provides you with all the tools you need to both manage your trades and analyse the markets, whilst also being completely free to download.

Discover better trading today when you combine this innovative platform with FXTM’s investment solutions.

What the MetaTrader 4 platform offers:

  • Easy-to-read, interactive charts
  • Monitor and analyse the markets in real-time
  • Access to more than 30 technical indicators
  • Nine different timeframes to choose from
  • Identify market trends and signals for entry and exit points
  • A powerful security system and multi-device functionality
  • Trade with complete confidence at a time that suits you
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MetaTrader 5, or MT5, is the newest and most advanced online trading platform offering from MetaQuotes. Trading on MT5 via FXTM gives you even greater access to financial markets including currencies, commodities, precious metals and other CFDs.

Its diverse functionality, fundamental and technical analysis tools, copy trading and automated trading equip you with the best tools and instruments available. MetaTrader 5 is also completely free to download.

What the MetaTrader 5 platform offers:

  • More balance transaction types compared to MT4
  • A total of 44 analytical objects and unlimited number of charts
  • An integrated economic calendar and email system
  • Multi-threaded strategy tester
  • Fund transfer process between accounts
  • A system of alerts to keep up to date with all the latest market events
  • Embedded MQL5 community for traders to chat and network with peers and share tips and strategies
Read more on MT5

For more information on the key differences between the MT4 and MT5 platforms, take a look at our handy infographic.

FXTM Trader App

FXTM Trader is our customised app that enables you to access the markets from the palm of your hand, on-the-go. The financial markets are always moving, and this app helps you to keep up with the action. Download today to manage your trades in seconds, view your trading accounts and access live currency rates.

FXTM Trader is available to download for free on both iOS and Android devices, and offers the following features:

  • Open, close and modify positions on all 250+ forex and CFD instruments on both live and demo accounts
  • Live currency rates 24/5
  • User-friendly trading dashboard
  • State-of-the-art charting tools
  • Unlimited access to MyFXTM, meaning you can withdraw, deposits and monitor your funds in mere seconds
  • 1-click trading for even faster market action, and much more!

Choose a trading platform for your device

One of MT4 and MT5’s biggest advantages is that they are both available on a wide variety of devices. Whether you’d prefer to trade from your mobile, tablet or PC, the choice is yours!

Windows Operating System

Windows Operating System

Prefer to trade from the comfort of your desk? Download MetaTrader to your PC to receive the full technical analysis toolkit. Available for both MT4 and MT5.

Your Mac Operating System

Your Mac Operating System

Are you a Mac user? Explore the financial markets on your laptop or computer. Learn how to download MT4 and MT5 for free today.



Looking for complete simplicity? MT4 with WebTrader – no download required! All you need is an internet connection.

Android – Mobile and Tablet

Android – Mobile and Tablet

If you’re an Android user, you can keep on top of every market movement by downloading MT4 and MT5 on to your mobile or tablet as you prefer.

IOS – iPhone and iPad

IOS – iPhone and iPad

Prefer to trade from your iPhone or iPad? Download MT4 or MT5 for iOS straight from the Apple App Store. It’s completely free.

Get more from the markets with FXTM on MetaTrader

If you’ve chosen your preferred platform, log in or register to download it right now – it should only take you a few minutes.

Feeling a little unsure about which version is right for you and your trading? Contact our friendly Customer Support Team who will be more than happy to help.

Already using MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 with another broker? No problem! Switching to FXTM is quick and easy — sign up in minutes to discover better trading with a global award-winning team.

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