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Setting Up A Metatrader 4 Expert Advisor On A VPS Tutorial

Step 1

Signup to a forex VPS provider and you will get an e-mail with an IP address, username and password to connect to.

Step 2

Open the remote desktop connection program in windows. You can usually find it in your Start Menu under Accessories. It should look something like the image below.



 Step 3

 Enter your IP for you VPS and your username, then it will prompt you for your password when you press connect.

Step 4

You should now be connected to your VPS and a fresh empty windows desktop should appear. All that’s left now if to download Metatrader 4 platform installer from your broker. So open up Internet Explorer and browse to your brokers website, and find the download link.

Step 5

Once you have Metatrader 4 installed, you will want to get your expert advisor(s) on to the VPS. The easiest way I find to do this is using the local resources tab on the Remote Desktop Connection like so.

Click the options arrow like shown below…



Now click on the local resources tab and you will see this below…



Then click the more button show above under local devices and resources and you should get this…



Checkmark the drives you want to share with your VPS and click OK. Now your done and can transfer files between your desktop and your forex VPS.

Step 6

Install the expert advisor into your Metatrader 4 experts folder just like you would on your own computer, and then start the MT4 terminal.

Step 7

Attach the EA to the appropriate charts, and you’re done!

Autorun on startup?

If you want your MT4 terminal(s) to autorun whenever the VPS gets restarted, then just create a shortcut in the following directory. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Multiple MT4 Installations?

If you want to install multiple MT4 instances from say Alpari UK demo, then just change the install directory to something like C:\Program Files\Metatrader 4 Alpari UK 2\

To start Remote Desktop on the computer you want to work from

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect. (You can also type the IP address instead of the computer name.)


  • To find the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut, click the Start button Start button, click All Programs, and then clickAccessories. To quickly open Remote Desktop Connection, click the Start button Start button, type mstsc in the search box, and then press Enter.
  • Redirecting a device on your computer makes it available for use in a Remote Desktop session. If a Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears after you click Connect and enter your credentials, you can redirect local devices and resources, such as your local drives or Clipboard. Click Details, and then select the check box for each item you want to redirect.