How to Install a Forex Trading Robot in MT4? 

Transform your MetaTrader 4 (MT4) experience by incorporating a Forex trading robot into your toolkit. This guide walks you through the installation process, ensuring that even novice traders can effortlessly integrate automated trading solutions into their MT4 platform, enhancing efficiency and precision in executing trades.


how to install a forex trading robot in mt4

This article aims to instruct you on how to install a forex trading robot in MT4. The procedure has undergone a few changes over the years. This piece shows you how it works as of 2024. We will also show you how to install a trading robot in MT4 using a remote network connection such as the one offered by a Forex VPS. 

What is a Forex Trading Robot?

A forex trading robot is software built on FX trading platforms that automatically enters and exits forex trades. These robots make these entries and exits based on predetermined parameters, including fundamental analysis, macroeconomic news, statistical models, technical analysis, and market microstructure.

Another common term used to refer to forex trading bots is Expert Advisor.

How Do You Install a Forex Trading Robot in MT4?

The following paragraphs describe how to install a forex trading robot in MT4, using the desktop client as an example. You will also be shown how to install a Forex trading robot in MT4 when working with a Forex VPS via a remote desktop connection.

By the way If you would rather learn how to install your forex trading robot on an MT5, here’s the guide for you:
How to Install Forex Trading Robot in MT4

Step 1: Install a forex trading robot on the MetaTrader4

We will assume you have your Forex robot .mq4 or .ex4 file ready. Here is the step-by-step process of installing your automated trading robot on the MT4 platform. 

  • Open your desktop version of the MT4 platform. Go to the navigation tabs at the top of the screen. Click on File -> Open Data Folder. This opens the folder in which the MT4’s operational files are stored. 
  • Click on the MQL4 subfolder. This will open a new subfolder. Click on Experts.
  • When the Experts folder is open, copy your .mq4 forex robot file and paste it into the Experts subfolder. 
  • Restart your MT4 client. The Forex robot should now be fully installed on your MT4 platform. Alternatively, you can go to the Navigator tab on the left, right-click on the Expert Advisors tab, and click on Refresh in the dropdown menu that appears. The EA will now appear under this tab, meaning you are now ready to resume trading operations with your automated trading robot. 
  • Select “Auto-Trading” from the top bar if you want to trade with the Forex robot on a live or demo account.
  • Go to the Experts tab under the “Navigator” window and double-click the automated trading robot to be activated. A dialog window appears.
  • In the dialog window, under the Settings tab, check the parameters by allowing long and short trades, then complete the process by selecting OK. Your expert advisor is ready to go to work.

By the way, here’s a guide on how to create a Forex VPS in three straightforward steps.

Step 2: Install an automated trading system on a Forex VPS

If you want your automated trading robots to work round the clock, you have to use a virtual private server such as the packages offered by ForexVPS. With the current global rise in the cost of energy, it is not cost-effective or even practicable to leave your PC on.

Therefore, installing your robot to trade your retail investor accounts 24/7 requires a virtual private server or a remote desktop connection. The process starts with connecting your desktop or laptop computer to the VPS, which is located in a data center in the cities hosting the forex trading hubs. London and New York are popular destinations. 

  • To begin, type “Remote Desktop Connection” into the search bar of your computer’s Taskbar (the pane at the bottom left of your screen). This will open a dialog box, as shown below. 
  • Type the IP address of the VPS you want to connect to, then click Connect. An administrator screen will show before the remote desktop appears on your desktop or laptop. 
  • Once you have logged in to the remote desktop, you can go ahead and install your MT4 client on the remote desktop you have connected to. Go to your native drive (Drive C: in most cases on Windows computers), then click on “Program Files.” Search for the folder that contains the executable file of your MT4 client terminal. You will see the MT4 loading screen. Select the appropriate server address provided to you by the MT4 broker. 
  • After this, click on the “Existing trade account” radio button, enter your MT4 login details (not your investor password please) and click on Finish to complete the setup of your MT4 on the remote desktop. 

If you have not already done so, follow the steps shown in the previous paragraph to install your Forex robot from its location on your local computer to the remote desktop. Click File -> Open Data Folder -> MQL4 -> Experts. Copy and paste Your EA.mq4 (i.e., your forex robot file) into the Experts folder, and you are good to go. 

Did you know it’s possible to install several MT4s from the Same Broker in your VPS?

How Do You Test Your Forex Trading Robot in MT4?

There are two ways of testing your automated trading robot: backtesting and forward testing. 

1. Backtesting

Backtesting is the use of historical price data to simulate the performance of the strategy used in writing the robot code. It requires using clean data gleaned from 1-minute charts and looking at what a strategy would have done if subjected to price data that sometimes go back as many as ten years.

Backtesting allows you to check if the robot code is written accurately and if the robot’s strategy would have been profitable given the historical market conditions. You can backtest a forex trading robot using the MT4 strategy tester or other providers with similar tools for performing backtests and optimization. 

2. Forward Testing

Due to the extreme changes in market conditions that resulted from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the use of historical price data to conduct backtests may not be as accurate as it once was. For this reason, some traders prefer to test the robot’s performance using current live conditions, which is known as forward testing. 

Forward testing is considered a more realistic form of testing your Forex robot because it uses current market conditions instead of historical price data. It answers the question: how would my forex robot perform in today’s market conditions?

You can forward-test a Forex trading robot using a demo account or a small live account. Ideally, you should start the tests with a small demo account before moving to a live Forex account with small capital.

This is because a demo account also uses some form of simulated market conditions to generate price information. Using a small amount of money you can afford to lose is the best way to test your Forex robot. You may liken this to live fire training that soldiers undergo, even when not on a battlefield. 

What Should You Do If the Forex Trading Robot Is Not Working?

If your forex trading robot is not working, here are a few things to check.

  • When your forex robot is attached to the chart, a face appears at the top-right corner. Check to see if the face is smiling, which means that the Autotrading button is engaged. If the face is frowning, the Autotrading function is disengaged, and the EA is not active. Click the Autotrading button to engage it. If the face starts smiling, the Forex trading robot should start working. 
  • Your account balance may be too low for the EA to take a position. This may occur if the lot size chosen will demand more margin than the account balance can provide. Also, if the capital itself is too low for the asset you want to trade, the forex bot may not work. Solve this issue by reducing the minimum lot size in the EA’s code or increasing your account capital.
  • If you programmed the robot to work on a particular time frame and you attach the robot to a different time frame, the robot may be unable to open any trades. Solve this by using the trading bot on the recommended timeframes.

Conclusion

With the information provided, you can now install a Forex trading robot in your MT4 desktop client or on a remote desktop/forex virtual private server. The latter’s advantage is that it enables your trading bot to work round-the-clock. Feel free to tap into the opportunities 24/7 forex trading with an expert advisor provides.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you install a Forex robot in MT4 on Android?

The MT4 for Android does not have the facilities to install forex robots. However, you can install the robots on the desktop client and manage whatever trades are opened using your MT4 Android client. 

Does MT4 have robots?

The MT4 does not have in-built robots. Any forex robots used on the MT4 are external software that must be imported into the MT4. This article covers the process of importing and activating a forex trading robot on the MT4. 

How do I enable EA on MT4?

The section on how to install a forex trading robot on the MT4 platform details the steps required. However, to enable an EA on the MT4, you need to click the Autotrading button located at the top of the software. 

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