MetaTrader 4 Optimization Guide

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Screenshot of Optimized MetaTrader 4 terminal with SimpleTrader EA.

We are going to show you few tips to optimize your MetaTrader 4 platform so it will use less computing resources - memory (RAM) and CPU.
This guide assumes that you are not trading manually on your MT4 as we will turn off some MT4 functions that will disable rendering new candles.
Ok let's start with our MT4 optimization:

  1. Reduce MT4 chart bars. Go to: Tools -> Options (or [CTRL]+[O]). Charts tab and there change "Max bars in history" & "Max bars in charts" to "1". Also make sure all options are un-checked, even "Show trade levels" & "Show OHLC" should be un-checked. You won’t be watching your charts on VPS so you don’t need those functions.
  2. Disable news. Go to: Tools -> Options (or [CTRL+[O]). Server tab and there un-check "Enable news". We want to reduce network usage as much as we can.
  3. Disable MT4 sounds. Go to: Tools -> Options (or [CTRL]+[O]). Events tab and un-check "Enable".
  4. Hide all unnecessary symbols (those that you don't trade). In the Market Watch section of your MT4 - select the symbol, right click and choose "Hide".
  5. Close all unnecessary charts. Rendering new bars on the charts take most of computing resources so we want to reduce that to the minimum.

After that you should restart your MetaTrader 4 terminal so the changes will take effect.

We also recommend checking our blog post titled - "How many MT4 can i run on my VPS?".