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MetaTrader is the most widely used forex trading software for trading forex. However, it’s an increasingly dated application and we think that TradingView offers a much better alternative in 2020.

This is especially true for Mac users. One big problem for those that want to trade forex on a Mac is that there is no version of MT4 (MetaTrader 4) for macOS.

Although there are ways to run MT4 on a Mac, it has become increasingly difficult with the release of macOS Catalina which no longer supports emulation of ageing 32-bit applications like MetaTrader.

So here’s 10 reasons why we think TradingView is a much better alternative to MT4 on both Mac and PC.

1. Charting Tools

The most important thing to look at when analyzing the FX market is how good the charting tools are.

The insights you can extract from currency charts makes a massive difference to whether your trades are successful or not.

In this aspect, TradingView wins hands down.

Unlike MT4, TradingView is 100% focused in charting. While MT4 has around 40 different charts, some of them you have to buy and they’re not very easy to make yourself.

TradingView supports more than 100 indicators including those created by TradingView users that you won’t find anywhere else.

In comparison to MT4, charting in TradingView is a piece of cake with information easier to visualize, interpret and make trades on.

It’s also worth mentioning that the unreliable moving flying trendlines in MT4 are not a problem in TradingView.

There’s nothing worse that spending time plotting a trendline in MT4 and then finding it shift suddenly.

TradingView maintains rock solid trend lines that don’t suddenly change position like they can with MT4.

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2. Real Time Trading

All Forex traders know that time is pips and pips are money.

When it first began, TradingView was designed only for charting stocks, forex, CFDs and more.

Nowadays however, you can trade directly from TradingView by connecting it with a broker platform so you no longer lose any time on trades.

So you now have direct access to the market via TradingView. MT4 no longer has the advantage that it saves precious time by allowing you to trade directly from the application.

TradingView supports connections to Oanda, TradeStation, Forex.com and many more meaning you can do your technical analysis and trade instantly without wasting time switching to MT4 or another trading platform.

The full list of brokers that you can trade through on TradingView are:

TradeStation
OANDA
FOREX.com
FXCM
Alpaca
Gemini
AMP
CQG FCMs
iBroker
Saxo
Tradovate
HitBTC
WH Selfinvest
Alor

In the volatile world of forex trading, this time saving enhancement to TradingView is a massive selling point.

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3. Interface

MetaTrader has been severely neglected over the years and one look at tells you it’s an extremely dated application.

It looks like something that hasn’t been updated since Windows XP and the reason for that is, it hasn’t!

In fact the developers stated years back that they won’t be updating MT4 anymore although they do still release patches and fixes on an ad-hod basis.

It hasn’t even been updated to take advantage of the latest 64-bit technology on Macs and PCs which is one of the reasons running MT4 on a Mac has become so difficult.

TradingView is a modern, evolving stock charting and trading tool. It’s far easier to use, it looks great on any platform and makes MT4 look very clunky in comparison.

4. Instruments

MT4 is strictly for forex trading and has never evolved beyond that. If you want to expand into stock trading, crypto trading or CFDs then MT4 is no good at all.

TradingView on the other hand allows you to analyze pretty much anything including currency pairs, commodities, stocks, indices, futures, cryptos and more.

It’s a far more complete and flexible platform that Forex centric MT4.

tradingview - instruments

5. Indicators & Scripts

MT4 has a very poor selection of indicators for analyzing and planning trades.

There are around 40 indicators in MT4 but they’re basic and only suitable for beginners. Experts need to buy custom indicators on the MetaQuotes Market.

For example, if the broker you are using with MT4 doesn’t have USD/CHF pair on the platform, then you can’t do charts or do analysis of them.

With TradingView, this isn’t a problem as there are over 100 indicators that are accessible to anyone and that blow MT4 out of the water.

You can even script your own indicators with TradingView’s own “Pine Script” language.

tradingview - indicators

6. Timeframes

The more you can specify the timeframe of a currency’s performance, the better able you can predict which way it’s going to go in the future.

MT4 only allows 9 timeframes which doesn’t give you much history on a currency.

TradingView allows you to specify any timeframe you want.

This includes going back years to see the historical performance of pairings and currency in a way that simply isn’t possible with MT4.

In TradingView, you can specify anything such as a 9 hour, 9 day or even 9 year timeframe chart which allows you total control compared to MT4.

We also like the fact that you can repeat your favorite timeframes easily with MT4 by saving them in your favorites.

tradingview - timeframes

7. Alerts

Alerts are incredibly easy to setup on TradingView.

If you’re a swing trader or position trader, there’s no need to keep checking your charts every few hours to see which way the market is heading.

TradingView makes it incredibly easy to setup alerts so that once a price comes up to your level, you’ll receive and email to let you know.

It’s incredibly well automated and allows you to focus on other things.

tradingview - alerts

8. Community

The trading community that use TradingView are both incredibly active and extremely knowledgeable.

It’s amazing the amount of stuff you can learn about trading just by reading some of the publicly available analysis by leading traders.

TradingView is far more of a “social trading” platform than MT4 and traders both new and old can learn so much from each other.

Experts can compare tactics and thoughts on movements while beginners can very quickly learn the tricks of the trade.

tradingview - community

9. Registration

To use MT4 registration is mandatory. You must have an account with a trading platform or broker in order to use it.

There is a demo account but annoyingly you have to re-register it every 30 days to keep using it otherwise you get an “invalid account” warning.

This is because it actively discourages people from trying to use it for free.

With TradingView, anyone can sign-up and use it for free even if you don’t have a broker account connected to it yet.

This makes TradingView much better for beginners as you can play around with it, paper trade, observe other traders and generally learn the ropes without any commitment.

You can use the Basic version of TradingView for free for as long as you but if you sign-up to the paid plans, the main advantage is you get faster information, more charts, time frames, instruments etc.

tradingview - pricing

10. Support

Since MetaTrader is a free software, there’s no development team or support staff to help you when things go wrong.

TradingView on the other hand is under continual development and so is far less likely to crash or go wrong.

There’s also an extensive Help section to help answer any problems or issues you may have.

Since MT4 needs to be installed on a computer, it’s not as easy to access your desktop version while you’re away. Of course, you can trade on the mobile app but it’s nowhere near as easy as on your Mac or PC.

This also means of course that if MT4 crashes, you lose everything. If your browser crashes when using TradingView, all your hard work is saved in your account.

tradingview - support

You can start using TradingView for free here.

If you’ve used MT4 or TradingView and agree or disagree with some of the points made here, let us know in the comments below.

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2 Responses

  1. MacHow2
    smayer97

    I agree very much with most of it. It would have been nice to see highlight which TV features are free vs only available with a paid subscription. For example, though there are 21 time frames included, to create some of the ones you mentioned, you need a paid subscription. Also, there was A LOT more that was free for the early adopters like myself but over time have become only part of paid subscriptions.

    TV is very stable. That said, earlier on, trend lines and other drawings did shift every once in a while. But this has improved significantly and is much less frequent but still does happen on some (much rarer) occasions.

    But I agree…TV is VERY flexible, and I really like that they are constantly updating, fine-tuning, and adding features (several that I have recommended in the early years).

    (I just wish I had more time to trade thought :-\ )

    Nice review.

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    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with TradingView. It’s true about the increased limitations in the free version although I think any serious trader would happily pay for a subscription to lift them. The stability of trend lines in TradingView has improved a lot and combined with the frequent tweaks and improvements you mention and the ability to trade from it by linking it to a broker, it’s a much better tool than MT4 nowadays.

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