MetaTrader 4 vs 5: Which One? [2020 Review]

MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 are two of the most popular Forex Trading platforms.

But which one should you use? Moreover

If you're already using MetaTrader 4, should you switch to MetaTrader 5?

There are three main differences between MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5

number of markets, tools for market analysis,

and algorithmic trading


We are going to walk you through each core difference.

So you get a better understanding of which MetaTrader version is the right one for you.

Stay tuned.

As you may know there is a big debate across Forex forums in regards to

MetaTrader 4

and MetaTrader 5.

Both versions were created by MetaQuotes a Russian software company, although some years ago.

It seemed like MetaTrader 5 was a failure and MetaTrader 4 was going to Prevail strongly forever

during the past couple of years.

The trend has reversed and MetaTrader 5 usage has been growing steadily.

Plus there is a significant number of Brokers promoting it.

This has raised some questions in regard to

MetaTrader 4 for continuity

now, let's jump to see the differences

number of markets

the main reason why many quotes developed MT5 is to enable access to markets

that are not available in MT4.

That includes major stock markets as well

MetaTrader 4 is great for the decentralized

open and highly unregulated global scale of the Forex market

and yeah, access to more markets can be beneficial for experienced traders that want to

trade shares from companies like Apple.

or Amazon,

However. For most Forex Traders,

this doesn't make much of a difference. Moving on to tools for market analysis.

The first difference here is related to chart timeframes: while MetaTrader 4 only offers nine


MetaTrader 5 offers 21 timeframes.

This can give Traders an edge for a deeper analysis of the market.

Then we have indicators MetaTrader 4 offers 30 built-in indicators and 24 analytical objects.

Also, there are over 2000 free custom indicators and 700 available for purchase

in contrast, MetaTrader5 has 38 technical indicators, 44 analytical objects

and offers an unlimited number of charts.

MT4 has a limit of 128 charts.

Like to keep close track of economic events?

One of the most convenient features of MT5 is that it offers an economic calendar

with critical events that can impact the market

as MT4 doesn't have an economic calendar,

some Traders use the Forex Factory calendar

as a turnaround to track events or perform fundamental

analysis. Moving on to the third chord difference

algorithmic trading. MetaTrader 4 uses a programming language called MQL4

while MetaTrader5 uses MQL5.


might be more suitable for beginners due to its simplicity when creating scripts indicators and


in contrast, mql5 is an object-oriented programming language,

or OOP,

based on C++,

which is more complex but gives professional algorithmic Traders more room for advanced commands and


An important note here is that you cannot simply transfer your MQL4 code into


There is no backward compatibility

a high percentage of Traders use EAs or custom indicators and scripts in their trading,

moving these from MQL4 to MQL5 would be a very costly and time-consuming exercise.

On the other hand,

MetaTrader5 has two main advantages on this front

versus MetaTrader4, the multi-currency strategy tester and its speed for testing and optimization.

MT5 is hundreds of times faster.

So to sum up: MetaTrader4 remains the most popular and preferred Forex Trading platform for

beginners due to its simplicity and ease of use, MQL4 is more friendly to

get started with algorithmic trading and EAs.

However, MetaTrader5 has unique features and it seems that MetaQuotes is heavily invested in



The conclusion for experienced programmers is a bit different if you think you will need

the multi-currency strategy tester

as well as the very fast testing and optimization

then maybe give MT5 a shot.


it will only be worth it if you can commit to building your systems from