How to Run cTrader for Linux

Desktop Version of cTrader for Linux

One of the downsides of cTrader is that Spotware hasn’t created any downloadable and installable version of the desktop application for other operating systems besides Windows. This means there is no cTrader for Linux. MetaQuotes, on the other hand, provides both Apple Mac and Linux versions of MetaTrader4 and MetaTrader5. This gives the platform a huge advantage. Especially for tech-savvy traders who have chosen the Linux operating system for its advantages over Windows.

Typically Linux users come from a software development background and would be the type of trader interested in building their own automated trading software. The advice we gave to Mac users was to try cTrader Web. The web-based version of the platform isn’t equipped with Automated Trading functionality. This means that particular piece of advice won’t be much help for most cTrader Linux users. Let’s explore what else is possible.  

Run cTrader with Wine

Wine is a compatibility layer that can be installed on different operating systems such as Linux or MacOS so they can run Windows applications. This is an important development since many software companies neglect to develop native versions for the Linux operating system. One of the main obstacles Linux users who wanted to use cAlgo or what is now known a cTrader Automate was that Wine didn’t support Windows Presentation Foundation technology. WPF is used by the cTrader applications. Despite Wine’s mission of enabling all Windows applications on other operating systems, there has been a specific lack of interest in supporting WPF. This means that running cTrader with Wine will not work out of the box. Users who have tried running cTrader on Linux this way have reported GUI problems.

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Alternatives for Running cTrader on Linux

Unfortunately, these still aren’t great ideas on running cTrader for Linux. Just like we already suggested for Mac users, you could set up a partition. But this doesn’t address the issue. It means you are essentially just running cTrader on Windows anyhow. No revelations here. The big downside is that your system resources get split and you have to manage this. In an ideal world, people choose and stick with an operating system, not run multiple ones. A final stab in the dark which is marginally better than the previous suggestion is to run cTrader from a VPS. You can access the VPS remote desktop from your Linux System and install cTader on a Windows Server VPS.

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