Trading Platform – Chapter 13 | Learn Forex

Trading Platform is the trading software on which trader execute trade orders, does the market studies, chart analysis, runs auto trading robots or expert advisors. Forex brokers offer varieties of trading software on the desktop, smartphone.

Some commonly used trading platforms:

Web Platform:

The web version of the trading software, it is very efficient for traders as it does not require any installation of application or software. You can start trading directly from your web browser. Just log in to your web account to view all currency rates, market charts and then execute trade orders.

Top features:

  • No extra software download required.
  • Can be accessed from any device.

The only disadvantage is, this platform is for a basic level of trading, it does not include custom indicators.


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Metatrader is the most popular trading software by MetaQuotes Corporation (Russia). It has two versions Metatrader 4 and Metatrader 5.

Metatrader 5 is the most advanced one for large capital traders, it supports future contracts, stock, bond trading. Allow traders to view market depth more efficiently.

Although, Metatrader 4 has higher popularity than MetaTrader 5. Because most of the forex brokers support MetaTrader 4 version as Metatrader 5 is a bit premium. Also not to mention Metatrader 4 is light weighted.

Metatrader 4 and Metatrader 5 get abbreviated as MT4 and MT5 respectively.

Top features:

  • Programmable trading software, where the user can code own custom indicators, auto trading expert advisors (EA), library and script with Metatrader Query Language (MQL). Listed in 33 positions among the world’s top programming languages.
  • Can use Virtual Private Server(VPS) to run an automatic trading system 24×7, hassle-free. Trade get automatically executed by itself with preset trade logic.
  • MetaQuotes community to help traders. A trader can get technical support from the forum.
  • Buy Sell custom indicators, EA Robots, scripts from the marketplace. Hire freelance programmer to code your logic.
  • Copy trade signals from other traders.


Ctrader (Cyprus) is another popular trading platform, widely used by all types of forex traders. Even with CTrader, trader can code their indicator and supports Tick Charts.

Top features:

  • Tick chart is available to view & trade directly from it. CTrader supports tick chart from 1 tick to 60 ticks.
  • You can build your own application with Ctrader open API With C# programing language
  • You can build your own auto trading system with coding.
  • Copy trade signals.
  • cTrader provides the industry’s standard FIX API trading interface with no cost.


This trading platform mainly designed for Futures trading, developed in the United States (2003). The trader can trade currency futures with this platform. It is a paid platform. The basic software version is free but required a funded account. Advance version either you can buy it with a lifetime license or subscribe with a quarterly lease.

Top features:

  • Custom indicators are available, custom add-ons are available to install.
  • With the trading simulator, new traders can practice in live market, can test their trading performance. Trader can play, pause and rewind the markets during simulation.


FIX API stands for FIX(Financial Information Exchange) API(application programming interface), which is the currently trending among high-frequency traders. It is the fastest trading platform for large volume trading. Many brokers currently offer the FIX API trading platform starting from a $5000 deposit. The trader who are money managers, or have their own brokerage, FIX API is a suitable option for them.

Top features:

  • Light weighted & faster trading platform, unlike the traditional ones.
  • Can execute large volume trades with lower latency.

CQG trader:

This is a trading platform for sophisticated large-scale traders. Most advance trading software with varieties types of trading orders, limit orders like bracket orders, OCO, trailing limits etc. The broker who supports CQG generally provides liquidity from top tired banks with 5 level deep pricing.

Top CQG features:

  • Larger range of order types.
  • Can execute large volume trades with lower latency.
  • Direct Market Access to all global exchanges.

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