MT4​ ​VS​ ​MT5

What Is A Trading Platform?
trading platform is a software that connects a trader with a broker. traders can place orders via the interface of the trading platform, which are then executed by the brokers. trading platforms offer valuable benefits such as providing information in the form of quotes and charts.

If you are trading in the forex market it is easy to get confused as to which trading platform to use, MT4 or MT5. both MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 are developed by metaquotes.

The following graphics highlight the notable differences between MT4 and MT5 which will help you choose the correct platform that suits your trading style.

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MT4

MT5

1 -introduced in 2005. -easy to install. -introduced in 2010. -easy to install.
2 -uses meta quotes language 4 (mql4)

-mql4 is used for developing trading programs based on the order system

-uses metaquotes language 5 (mql5)

-mql5 is utilized to implement a positional system.

3 in mql4, different functions such as order send, order close, order closeby, order modify and order delete were initially incorporated mql5 is comprised of an expanded list of trading functions for work with open orders, a list of open positions as well as order and deal history.
for performing each trade operation.
4 metaTrader 4 offers almost all types of trading methods – hedging and lifo metaTrader 5 does not support hedging and implements fifo by default
5 metaTrader 4 offers only 9 timeframes. metaTrader 5 offers 21 timeframes
6 mt4 offers forex prodicts and only a few cfd’s. mt5 offers forex, cfd’s , options and stocks.
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8 a limited number of charts can be opened on mt4. mt5 offers an unlimited number of charts, out of which 100 can be open at a time.
9 metaTader 4 does not have a built in calendar metaTrader 5 user gets the

benefit of an inbuilt forex calendar. features like news, schedules, expected impacts and market forecasts are also included in the calendar

10 metaTrader 4 offers 30 built-in indicators and 33 analytical objects. metaTrader 5 offers 38 built-in indicators, 22 analytical tools and 46 graphic objects
12 metaTrader 4 allows a trader to send 2 market orders,4 pending orders, 2 execution modes,2 stop orders and a trailing stop. metaTrader 5 allows traders t0 send 2 market orders,6 pending orders and 2 stop orders.

Some Other Noticeable Upgrades

MT4

MT5

Exchange Trading
Support for exchange markets, offering stock, futures, bond and option trading

no

yes

Symbols
The number of financial instruments that can be traded in the platform
1024 unlimited
Netting
Support for the netting accounting system, which only allows for one open position of a financial instrument
no yes
Multilingual Unicode
Support for the unicode character encoding standard that ensures the correct display of characters and symbols in any language
no yes
Strategy Tester

Trading robot testing and optimization modes supported by the built-in strategy tester
single threaded multi-thread ed
Embedded mql5.community Chat
Possibility to chat with other traders directly through the platform
no yes
Exchange Data

Ability to receive data on time & sales from the exchange
no yes
Depth of Market

The market depth option, which features bids and offers for a financial security at different prices depending on the volume
no yes
Pending Order Types

Types of pending orders requesting a broker to buy or sell a financial security under pre-defined conditions in the future
4 6
Order Fill Policy
order fill policy — you can set additional order execution conditions
fill or kill fill or kill immediately or cancel return
Partial Order Filling Policies
Availability of the partial order filling option. in which a trade with the maximum volume that is available in the market is executed, not exceeding the volume requested in the order, while unfilled volume is cancelled.
no yes
Report API

Access to the report api allowing for the enhancement of the functionality of trade server reports.
yes yes
Gateway API
Support for gateway api which enables platform integration with trading systems
no yes
Manager API

Supports programming languages for manager api, which enables integration of the platform with broker system
c++ c++, asp.net, php
SQL Export
Native realtime export to an sql database
limited (mysql) native (mysql, mssql, oracle)
Built-in Order Routing
The native routing option, which allows managing trade request processing rules
no yes
Account Groups
The number of trader account groups that can be created in the platform
512 unlimited
64 Bit Version
Native support for the 64-bit architecture
no yes
Execution Modes

Number of order execution modes supported in the platform
3 4

To develop programs in MQL4 and MQL5, metaeditor – a compiler embedded in the development environment – was created. it is integrated in the MetaTrader 4 / MetaTrader 5 trading terminals. metaeditor allows convenient editing of program source code, automatically generating projects by a template, profiling code and remotely developing joint applications in conjunction with others .

Apart from their differences MT4 and MT5 have some similar capabalities such as :

Expert Advisors : Automatic systems trading through specified parameters and following a coded algorithm. occurrence of a previously specified event like receiving a new tick, an alert about a new trading operation or even pressing a button or clicking a mouse, triggers the expert advisor to perform a programmed action.

Custom Indicators : Written by users, they are used alongside the ready-made indicators integrated in the terminals. their function is purely analytical. indicators do not perform trading nor carry out operations that slow down the interface stream such as sending emails or performing a random delay. the main task of indicators is to monitor a situation, reflect and interpret it and then submit it to a trader for analysis.

Scripts : A script is a program intended for a single execution of an action. the start event is the only event type processed by the script.

Custom Function Libraries : In addition, there is an opportunity to create include files (#include). include files allow you to include most frequently used functions and classes without directly pasting their source code into its program. using functions and classes simplifies creating, debugging and compiling because when using dynamic libraries, functions load only when they are called directly.

All common operations – arithmetic, bool, binary etc. are present in mql4/mql5. the precedence of operations corresponds to that which is adopted in с++.

Ashutosh Gedamkar
Ashutosh Gedamkar
Account Manager India
agedamkar@tvmarkets.com