You don’t know it yet but, in a few short minutes, you’re going to learn how to trade multiple MetaTrader accounts using the Local Trade Copier. You probably already know that the MT4 trading platform does not give any option to trade multiple MT4 instances at once automatically, right? Well, let me jump straight to the point and explain to you how you can do this using the Local Trade Copier.
Here’s how the Local Trade Copier typically works
You just have several MetaTrader accounts on the same computer and you link those accounts using the LTC trade copier. Now when you initiate or execute trades on one MetaTrader account, the same trades get replicated to many other MetaTrader instances. This is how you can trade on a lot of MetaTrader accounts at the same time. And for those who do not know here’s a quick solution to installing multiple MT4 platforms on the same computer.
Do you remember the crazy old days where people did these jobs manually, you know hiring teams of many traders that would sit in front of many computers with the MetaTrader platform open and then once the chief trader said “okay everybody goes along when you’re a dollar!”, everyone clicked the BUY button.
Lucky enough you don’t need to do that anymore! All you need to do now is set up your trade copier, link your MetaTrader accounts and then you just initiate trade once on one MetaTrader account and it gets copied on all MetaTrader instances that you want.
Copy Trading Setup
I want you to go deep into your own mind and visualize this.
Imagine you have a computer or Virtual Private Server (VPS). Let’s simply call them, the computer on the internet so to speak. The VPS is running for you 24 hours a day so it is very convenient to use such software on such servers. I personally have dozens of those VPS servers with lots of MetaTrader accounts running and I can assure you it’s exciting!
So let’s say you have a computer, and you get your MetaTrader account. So you install Server EA, which is the first component of the software that needs to be installed on all the MetaTrader accounts you want to act as the master.
In our case, we have one MetaTrader account and we want it to act as the master account. It’s just a regular MetaTrader account, nothing more, (you know, the one that everyone gets from their Forex brokers). After Server EA is installed you install other MetaTrader accounts with the second component that is called Client EA.
Up to this point, you already understand that the Local Trade Copier consists of two components.
The role of Server EA
The first component, the Server EA, should be installed on the Master side. This is the account where you basically initiate trades or trade manually, run some Expert Advisor like Hedge EA or some other trading robot, or you could even be receiving trading signals from someone else.
Additionally, you could be having your account manager that is managing your trades in your account. As you already know, in such a case you don’t get access to that trading strategy he is using, but you just see those trades appear in your account. So you just log into your own account (no one’s gonna know about it) running a separate MT4 instance on your computer to see those trades.
Even if someone else is executing trading positions for you somewhere remotely, they still kind of belong to you and can do whatever you want with them. You just install Server EA in there, and now the Server EA will be sending all the trading actions to clients.
The role of Client EA
The second component, the Client EA, will be running on each MetaTrader account that you have. It will act as the client, receiving the trades, and repeating them on MetaTrader accounts. You can have unlimited client accounts depending on your computer power. For example, if you take a VPS server which costs around $20 a month, you will be able to run about 4 to 5 MetaTrader instances or so.
Let’s say if one MetaTrader acts as a master, you can have up to 4x MetaTrader client accounts on that one VPS server and once you need to run some more you just get another VPS server to run another 5x MetaTrader instances. You will agree with me, that it is quite flexible.
If you will use your home you might run even more MT4 instances. Personal computers these days are so powerful with all those multi-core CPU processors and huge amounts of RAM memory. You could be running 10, 20, or maybe even 30 MetaTrader platforms on one computer, allowing you to copy trades to dozens of MT4 accounts at once on the same computer.
Linking MetaTrader accounts
Obviously, you remember the linking process I spoke about at the beginning of this article. So when you connect MT4 platforms, the setup will look like in the picture below.
Each of the client MetaTrader accounts will be receiving trades from the first Master account. Obviously, you can set up this in any way you want. As a fact, not necessarily all MetaTrader accounts running on the same computer must be copying the trades. You could have some spare MetaTrader accounts for other purposes or whatever you want to do, but in this demonstration, I just linked all the MetaTrader accounts.
Copying from two master MT4 accounts
So this was a basic setup, just copying one MetaTrader to several client accounts. Now, let’s try to make the set-up even more advanced.
Let’s get another MetaTrader account which will act as a master as well. You will need to get another Server EA installed on this account and the only thing you would kind of need to change is the group ID for that Server EA. You kind of create another group of trades or group MetaTrader accounts and then you link this new Master account #2 to copy trades just to selected MetaTrader client account #5 as illustrated in the picture below.
So now you have Master account #1 copying trades to all the MetaTrader client accounts you have, except client account #5. Master account #2 copying trades to client account #5. Obviously, you can set this in any way you want but just for this demonstration, I’m copying trades to only client account #5.
I wonder if you’ve already noticed that you are halfway into the article! So, let’s go to the next level, which could get you even to a more advanced stage.
Client acting as a Server
Let’s say I get the third MetaTrader account which will first act as the client account receiving trades from masters 1 & 2, and also act as a server account copying the trades to the other two MetaTrader client accounts numbered as 6 & 7 in this demonstration.
So the third MetaTrader account basically has the Client EA and the Server EA running at the same time. Visualize this in the figure below.
So we have a computer or a VPS with a lot of MetaTrader accounts copying trades to other client MetaTrader accounts. It is obviously quite a complicated setup but I hope you guys will not get confused by that as I have just tried to draw this quite as simple as possible.
It doesn’t end there though, and rare thinking people like you may already be wondering if it could work on a smartphone huh!
Just suppose you have this setup at home. Let’s say you have a VPS running with trading robots in there and trades are copied.
Now at some point, you want to change something, close some trades or you are additionally trading manually on one of those masters and need to place a new order. Whatever reason you have, it’s your business. The point is if you must do this while you’re going about your daily business as usual, like standing in line at your grocery store or whatever activity it may be, it is very easy!
Just pull out your iPhone or Android Smartphone, open your MT4 Mobile app (MetaTrader has a mobile version of the app), and do any trading actions you need. From your MT4 Mobile app, you can log into any of those master or client accounts and do whatever you want. You can close some trades, check how things are going, or even additionally execute some trades in one of those master accounts and so on.
Let’s say you execute the trade on the first master from your smartphone. Even if you’re in another country, the MT4 running on your computer will pick up the trade immediately, and Server EA will see that, meaning it will detect the new trade even if opened from the mobile app. Then Server EA will copy the trade to all of those client accounts that it is linked to.
It is just as simple as that.
Copy Trading on the road
What if you must travel and are on the road? You can pull out your laptop, open your MT4 platform anytime, log into one of those MT4 accounts, and do whatever you may want to do on them. The same thing applies even if you are in your home office or at work and working on your laptop.
So basically, there are so many ways to log in and see, observe, make some changes and execute trades, and so on.
As you can see, the Local Trade Copier quite powerful! The problem is that a lot of people do not understand this simple concept that you can execute trades remotely from any other device on the same master account that you are running on another computer with the Local Trade Copier setup and all these will be copied to your client’s account.
What is important is that you have MetaTrader running all the time and that’s why I recommend you to get a VPS Server. Once you get that, you will see that basically there are no limits to how you can set this up.
So hope you guys enjoyed the Local Trade Copier’s explanation of how it works. Please share this article with your friends and those you think might help. Post your comments below. I always answer the questions you have.