How many MetaTrader 4 instances can I run

NextPointHost VPS can run simultaneously a lot of MetaTrader 4 platforms

     The NextPointHost don't put limitation of number of MetaTrader 4 platforms that you can use at the same time. This doesn't mean you can make trading with unlimited metatrader 4 platforms. The maximum number metatrader 4 platforms that server can handle depends on from many factors, which are out of our control. We can't predict all possible situations. These factors are:


“NextPointHost's” packages contain recommended MetaTrader 4 platform maximum values. Our Professional Live Chat and Technical Support team, can give you recommendations. These recommendations are based on our long experience in financial markets and observations of client's needs, after processing thousands trading support requests. Here's forex advice. Beginners usually start with basic package. This package is suitable for more than 90% of forex traders which use MetaTrader 4 as platform. In case you are from 10% top MetaTrader 4 traders, you need advanced plan, or custom build PRO platform. Don't believe of all markets tricks used by competitors. You may meet, forex plans with unlimited resources or unlimited MetaTrader 4 platform instances. These are scams, based on customer's naivety. It's like wanting to buy a new car. Then car's dealer to tell you — “Car have unlimited mileage with one fuel tank” or “Car can reach unlimited maximum speed”. Read our tutorial to the end. Then you will understand all factors, we have taken into account.

Relations between the markets factors, system resources and maximum number of MetaTrader 4 platform that server can handle

How many MetaTrader 4 charts, expert advisors, indicators will be in use:

Opening additional MetaTrader 4 chart inside trading platform consume resources. How many resources? This depend on many additional conditions. For example simple chart, which showing market changes at every 5 minutes, will consume 5 times fewer platform resources than chart which are showing forex market changes at every minute. Rule says — complicated graphics needs a lots platform resources. As more complex is chart, more platform resources you will use.  Same is valid for resource utilization from different metatrader 4 experts advisors (EA) and indicators.

What are the MetaTrader 4 templates, scripts and robots in use:

Growing popularity of Forex trading in recent years, new brokers and online trading platforms have been constantly emerging on markets. This has made financial markets accessible not only by banks and large financial institution, but by individual traders as well. As Forex trading platform has been attracting more and more people with advantages like low initial investment, flexible trading hours and the opportunity for significant profits in a relatively short time, Forex and CFD trading brokers have started developing innovative solutions for an easier, more profitable and time saving trading experience. These are MetaTrader 4 automated trading bots. They enable even those who have little or no knowledge in finance field or economics, trade successfully. Automated Forex robots are based on complex algorithms that analyze huge data amounts, monitor markets and execute trades via MetaTrader 4 automatically. Complexity of this software make impossible  accurately prediction resources used by them. Our advice is — check the system requirements for specific bot. These requirements are defined by software developers after a lot of tests.

NextPointHost offer wide range of packages and locations. We have perfect solution for every different trading case. Our high availability, low latency infrastructure allow us, to create specially custom-made platform.

How long time the specific MetaTrader 4 platform is in use:

Let's start by talking about what happens inside your MetaTrader 4 platform, during trading. Constantly watching markets changes, drawing different charts, making decisions based on complicated algorithms, opening or closing trading positions, etc. Due to “AlwaysUP Protection®” programs inside top quality vps are open for days, months or even years. You see their graphical user interface (GUI). Behind this facade many things happen. Lots of other things are started or stopped, hidden from our eyes. Operating system does leave behind a kind of footprint. Usually in form of background processes or sub-programs that didn't quite close. These “leftovers” hog system resources. Usually RAM memory. Once too much of them continue running, you get problems, like a sluggish platform, metatrader 4 charts that don't open, error messages, etc. Negative effects of long time running, can be further reinforced by bugs inside trading software itself. Fortunately, all of these problems disappear with reboot trading platform or whole VPS server.

It is difficult to understand, the explanations? 

Take a look at picture below. It says more than thousands words.

Example for long time running config

Here you are seeing, the snippet of “Windows Task Manager”. It is showing three different MetaTrader 4 platforms.

  • First MetaTrader 4 platform running specific configuration since 110 days and consume 527MB RAM.
  • Second platform running configuration since 20 days and consume 28MB RAM.
  • Third platform configuration running since 90 days and consume 396MB RAM.

Now take a look what will happen, when restart metatrader 4 platforms which are running long time ago?

Short Time Config

  • First platform now consume only 39MB RAM.
  • Third platform now consume only 6MB RAM.
  • Second platform now consume 28MB RAM.

The simple restart, show:

  • Platform 1 and 3 are bad configured, because as time progresses, their resource consumption is rising. These terminals require periodically restart otherwise at specific moment they will exhaust all available RAM resources.
  • Platform 2 have perfect configuration. Its resource consumption is not changed.
  • Restart reduce resource utilization with 878MB. Now you can utilize these resources run additional platforms.

Now already know why at beginning of server use, it can be suitable for some amount of trading terminals, then after long time use, same server will be suitable for smaller amount terminals. In order to save money from resource upgrades, we are created our best practices section. There will find tips and tricks which will keep your server in the best health.

Did you plan to use the server resources for additional software platform:

In automated trading, avoiding latency and maintaining platform connectivity is a trader’s most essential asset. Every millisecond is vital to success of your trades! You have full administrator access on server. That's allow you to install any kind of software. But It isn't recommend install any additional software, not trading related.  Office pack, email client, windows gadgets, etc software installation. Can exhaust system resources. This will lead to delay trading applications. Software which you are using at home computer is not designed for 24/7 work under server environment. Such software installation reduce terminals amount which the server can keep at the same time.

What is your style. How often do you plan to trade?:

Each forex trader is unique. Various trading styles fit different personalities. Every style have different requirements. For example, let's look at NextPointHost's Basic package. Our observation show, that package is suitable for 8-10 MT4 terminals of “Scalper trader”. In case that plan is used by “day trader”, it's will be sufficient for 10-12 MT4 terminals. The “swing trader” will be able to use between 12 and 15 MetaTrader terminals simultaneously. “Position trader” will be able to use up to 20 or even more terminals. The best way to decide how many terminals you can use on specific plan, is to monitor resource utilization. Recommended values are up to 85% utilization of CPU, RAM, Disk space, etc. In case resource utilization is bigger, better consider resource upgrade. Keep in mind overloading of VPS server is dangerous. Due to overloaded server, can lost market changes from which to earn thousands. Successful trader is not niggard. So saved few euros from higher forex plan, usually lead to much bigger losses from missed trades. The premium provider allows instant resource upgrades, even without interruption of trading. Using premium provider is a must for future profitable trading.

The specific market conditions and others:

Constantly changing market conditions are normal for financial trading. Their impact to maximum number of supported trading instances by virtual server is very small. Impact of this factor is negligible.

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