Trading platforms and online trading software

Trading software

A trading platform is a program that investors and traders use to open, close and manage trades on the various financial markets.

Trading platforms are typically offered free by brokers for use with a demo account (which don't require any sort of deposit) or a real account (which requires an actual deposit).

These trading software applications offers a multitude of features that allow one to analyse the markets and be informed on the latest stock market and forex news. Some of them also allow you to program automated trading robots (or EAs, expert advisors), as well as test and optimise strategies using historical market data.


MetaTrader 4

MetaTrader 4 is trading software developed by MetaQuotes. Over the last ten years, MetaTrader 4 has been the most popular trading platform among both forex brokers and traders. The trading software gained much ground between 2007 and 2010, when many forex brokers started to use it as an alternative to their own proprietary software.


cTrader is an ECN forex trading platform developed by the Spotware company. Since its initial launch, cTrader has become one of the world's leading platforms for several major ECN brokers (such as Pepperstone) and a serious competitor to the popular MetaTrader platform.


ActTrader trading software was created in 2000 by ActForex when the retail forex industry was still in its infancy. ActTrader is therefore one of the first trading platforms of its type. The trading terminal also enables traders to automate trading strategies without any programming knowledge via a visual interface.

ETX TraderPro

ETX TraderPro is ETX Capital's flagship trading software. This web-based trading station enables you to trade several thousand underlying assets: currency pairs, stocks, commodities and indices. A cleverly designed platform, it is intuitive, fast and also very stable.

Forex Tester 2

Forex Tester is software that simulates the Forex market with unmatched realism. It allows one to: 1) test trading strategies (manual or automatic) using data from recent years and 2) learn how to trade faster than with a demo account.