Forex Trading Platforms

Forex trading platforms connect traders and investors to the markets by integrating with top liquidity providers. Below is a list of key comparison points to consider when looking for the best software in the UK. We’ve also explained the different types of trading platforms on offer and provided some reviews of UK platforms to kickstart your search.

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Plus500 Offer forex trading via CFDs with tight variable spreads and a range of well over 70 currency pairs. Free Unlimited Demo Account.
GBPUSD Spread
Variable
EURUSD Spread
Variable
GBPEUR Spread
Variable
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
Multi-Award winning broker. Specialising in Forex but also offering stocks and tight spreads on CFDs and Spread betting across a huge range of markets.
GBPUSD Spread
2.39 pips (Ave)
EURUSD Spread
1.58 pips (Ave)
GBPEUR Spread
1.74 pips (Ave)
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Global brand offering exceptional execution, low deposit requirements and advanced charting and trading platform features.
GBPUSD Spread
1.6 pips (var)
EURUSD Spread
1.1 pips (var)
GBPEUR Spread
1.3 pips (var)
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Deriv.com are a new brokerage, offering options and CFDs on a simple, reliable, flexible platform. Get access to volatility indexes exclusively at Deriv.
GBPUSD Spread
From 0.5
EURUSD Spread
From 0.5
GBPEUR Spread
From 0.5
Total Assets
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
BDSwiss offer 250+ Shares, Indices, Forex, Commodities and Cryptocurrencies markets via CFDs. With spreads from 1 pip and an award winning app, they offer a great package.
GBPUSD Spread
1.7 pips
EURUSD Spread
1.2 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1.3 pips
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Use digital options to take straightforward buy and sell positions on a range of currencies.
GBPUSD Spread
N/A
EURUSD Spread
N/A
GBPEUR Spread
N/A
Total Assets
27
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade on close to 20 currency pairs, including crypto pairs. 'Covest' and follow experienced traders.
GBPUSD Spread
Variable
EURUSD Spread
Variable
GBPEUR Spread
Variable
Total Assets
18
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade FX pairs with tight spreads & leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
1.5
EURUSD Spread
1.6
GBPEUR Spread
1.5
Total Assets
40+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
FXTM offer forex trading on a huge range of currency pairs. Spreads can be as low as 0.1 with the ECN account types.
GBPUSD Spread
0.3 (var)
EURUSD Spread
0.1 (var)
GBPEUR Spread
0.2 (var)
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Pepperstone offers spreads from 0.0 pips on the Razor account and have almost 61+ pairs available to trade. Lots start at 0.01.
GBPUSD Spread
0.59 pips (Via Razor)
EURUSD Spread
0.09 pips (Via Razor)
GBPEUR Spread
0.49 pips (Via Razor)
Total Assets
180
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade Forex on 0.0 pip spreads with the world's leading True ECN forex broker - IC Markets. Great choice for serious traders. ASIC regulated.
GBPUSD Spread
0.5 pips
EURUSD Spread
0.1 pips
GBPEUR Spread
0.5 pips
Total Assets
56+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
FXCM are an FCA regulated, London based broker. Companies under the FXCM umbrella are also regulated in Australia and South Africa.
GBPUSD Spread
0.5 pips var*
EURUSD Spread
0.2 pips var*
GBPEUR Spread
0.5 pips var*
Total Assets
40
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
easyMarkets.com - Simply Honest. Trade CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Shares & Cryptos With a Top Rated Forex Broker
GBPUSD Spread
1.3 var (MT5)
EURUSD Spread
0.9 (MT4)
GBPEUR Spread
1.5 (MT4)
Total Assets
81+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade over 70 pairs and keep trading costs to a minimum, with tight spreads or the lowest commissions with Fusion
GBPUSD Spread
0.64 (Ave)
EURUSD Spread
0.12 (Ave)
GBPEUR Spread
0.62 (Ave)
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
CMC Markets is headquartered in London and listed on the LSE (FCA Regulated). They offer competitive spreads on a global range of assets via a next generation platform.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.7
GBPEUR Spread
1.1
Total Assets
300+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
NinjaTrader offer Traders Futures and Forex trading. Use Auto-trade algorithmic strategies and configure your own trading platform, and trade at the lowest costs.
GBPUSD Spread
1.6 pips
EURUSD Spread
1.3 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1.6 pips
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
A regulated bank, Saxobank offer CFD, Stocks and Forex trading on 35,000+ markets via the SaxoTrader Pro and SaxoTrader Go platforms
GBPUSD Spread
0.7 (varies by region)
EURUSD Spread
0.2 (varies by region)
GBPEUR Spread
0.6 (varies by region)
Total Assets
40+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trading 212 Offer a truly mobile trading experience. With tight spreads and a huge range of markets, they offer a dynamic and detailed trading environment. Recent customer care issues have severely damaged the reputation of the brand.
GBPUSD Spread
2 pips
EURUSD Spread
1.2 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1.2 pips
Total Assets
33
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
Trade major, minor & exotic currency pairs
GBPUSD Spread
From 1.8
EURUSD Spread
From 1.8
GBPEUR Spread
From 1.8
Total Assets
50
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
XTB is one of the largest stock exchange-listed FX & CFD brokers in the world, offering access to over 2000 instruments from two platforms: its own award-winning xStation 5 and the traditional MT4.
GBPUSD Spread
0.1 pip
EURUSD Spread
0.2 pips var
GBPEUR Spread
0.1 pips
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
XM.com deliver ultra low spreads across a huge range of Forex markets. Flexible lot sizes, and Micro and XM Zero accounts accommodate every level of trader.
GBPUSD Spread
2.1 pips (var)
EURUSD Spread
1.6 pips (var)
GBPEUR Spread
2 pips (var)
Total Assets
55+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Forex.com are a leading forex broker. Offering the largest range of currency pairs (80+) and some of the tightest spreads in the industry.
GBPUSD Spread
1.0 Var
EURUSD Spread
0.7 Var
GBPEUR Spread
0.7 Var
Total Assets
80+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
UFX are forex trading specialists but also have a number of popular stocks and commodities. Offering tight spreads and one of the best ranges of major and minor pairs on offer, they are a great option for forex traders.
GBPUSD Spread
5 pips
EURUSD Spread
3 pips
GBPEUR Spread
4 pips
Total Assets
65+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Binary.com deliver advanced forex trading via the MetaTrader5 platform and 3 Account Types
GBPUSD Spread
1 pip var
EURUSD Spread
0.5 pip var
GBPEUR Spread
1 pip var
Total Assets
45+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade majors, minors, & exotic currency pairs
GBPUSD Spread
0.2 pips
EURUSD Spread
0.6 pips
GBPEUR Spread
0.2 pips
Total Assets
17
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade forex pairs with high leverage rates.
GBPUSD Spread
1.3
EURUSD Spread
0.8
GBPEUR Spread
1.3
Total Assets
79
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade forex CFDs from 0.0 spreads with Vantage FX. Clients can access popular forex pairs like GBP/USD, EUR/USD and AUD/USD from 0.0 spreads with a flat $2 per lot commission on our RAW account.
GBPUSD Spread
0.0 via ECN
EURUSD Spread
0.0 via ECN
GBPEUR Spread
0.0 via ECN
Total Assets
120+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Avatrade offer 50+ currency pairs and their spreads are some of the best among any broker. They are regulated across 5 continents.
GBPUSD Spread
1.0 var
EURUSD Spread
0.7 var
GBPEUR Spread
1.7 var
Total Assets
40+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.
GBPUSD Spread
2 pips
EURUSD Spread
1 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1.5 pips
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
67 major, minor and exotic FX pairs
GBPUSD Spread
2 pips
EURUSD Spread
2 pips
GBPEUR Spread
2 pips
Total Assets
67
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
IG offer spread betting, CFD and Forex trading across a range of markets. They are FCA regulated, boast a great trading app and have a 40 year track record of excellence.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9 pips
EURUSD Spread
0.6 pips
GBPEUR Spread
2 pips
Total Assets
90+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on multiple forex pairs at Grand Capital.
GBPUSD Spread
27
EURUSD Spread
17
GBPEUR Spread
16
Total Assets
54
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on dozens of currency pairs from around the world with tight spreads
GBPUSD Spread
0.3
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.3
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade on dozens of FX pairs with zero spreads available
GBPUSD Spread
1 pip
EURUSD Spread
0 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1 pip
Total Assets
50
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
There's a long list of major, minor and emerging forex pairs at FXGiants.
GBPUSD Spread
1.97
EURUSD Spread
1.74
GBPEUR Spread
1.90
Total Assets
84
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade major, minor & exotic FX pairs
GBPUSD Spread
0.2
EURUSD Spread
1.6
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
65
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on dozens of major, minor & exotic pairs
GBPUSD Spread
1.0
EURUSD Spread
1.0
GBPEUR Spread
1.0
Total Assets
30
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on nearly 50 leveraged forex pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
1.3
EURUSD Spread
0.7
GBPEUR Spread
2.7
Total Assets
44
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Libertex - Trade Online. Libertex offer CFD and Forex trading, with fixed commissions and no hidden costs.
GBPUSD Spread
0
EURUSD Spread
0
GBPEUR Spread
0
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade 33 Forex pairs with spreads from 0.0 with the 'Zero' account. Prices quoted to 5 decimals places, and leverage up to 1:1000
GBPUSD Spread
From 0.0
EURUSD Spread
From 0.0
GBPEUR Spread
From 0.0
Total Assets
33
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
iFOREX offers trading on approaching 100 currencies from around the world
GBPUSD Spread
1.8
EURUSD Spread
1.8
GBPEUR Spread
2.8
Total Assets
90
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
Forex trading is available on major, minor and exotic currency pairs
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.58
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
13
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
50 currency pairs are available, including majors, minors, and exotics
GBPUSD Spread
1
EURUSD Spread
0.6
GBPEUR Spread
1
Total Assets
50
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
IronFX offers trading in major currency pairs, plus minors and exotic pairs
GBPUSD Spread
0.8
EURUSD Spread
0.7
GBPEUR Spread
0.7
Total Assets
83
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on the FX market with flexible leverage and dynamic market spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
From 0.8
EURUSD Spread
From 0.2
GBPEUR Spread
From 1.2
Total Assets
69
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on global currencies with 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.7
EURUSD Spread
0.6
GBPEUR Spread
1.4
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on dozens of currency pairs with low spreads
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.4
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
40
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade on dozens of major, minor and exotic FX pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
0.4
EURUSD Spread
0.2
GBPEUR Spread
0.4
Total Assets
60
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Take positions on the foreign exchange market with leveraged trading products.
GBPUSD Spread
1.1
EURUSD Spread
0.6
GBPEUR Spread
2.3
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade 45+ forex pairs with 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.8
GBPEUR Spread
0.7
Total Assets
45+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on close to 60 forex pairs with low spreads & leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
From 0.6
EURUSD Spread
From 0.4
GBPEUR Spread
From 0.5
Total Assets
58
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade major and minor online currencies at ITradeFX.
GBPUSD Spread
1
EURUSD Spread
1
GBPEUR Spread
1.4
Total Assets
23
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade on an excellent range of popular and emerging forex pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
0.8
EURUSD Spread
0.8
GBPEUR Spread
1.2
Total Assets
100+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade FX with high leverage rates.
GBPUSD Spread
4
EURUSD Spread
3
GBPEUR Spread
4
Total Assets
35+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade over 50 online forex pairs at FXFlat.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.8
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade with spreads as low as 0.0 pips. $0 Commission. 1:500 Leverage
GBPUSD Spread
0.1-0.5
EURUSD Spread
0.0-0.4
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
100+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
30 currency pairs are available to trade
GBPUSD Spread
2.4 pips
EURUSD Spread
2 pips
GBPEUR Spread
2.4 pips
Total Assets
30
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on a range of currencies with ultra-low spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
0.6
EURUSD Spread
0.1
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
45
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Take positions on the FX market with leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.3
EURUSD Spread
0.1
GBPEUR Spread
0.3
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Forex trading on dozens of majors, minors and exotics
GBPUSD Spread
0.5
EURUSD Spread
0.6
GBPEUR Spread
0.5
Total Assets
41
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade on popular FX pairs and cross-rates
GBPUSD Spread
2
EURUSD Spread
1.8
GBPEUR Spread
2
Total Assets
55
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on dozens of forex pairs with low spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
0.49
EURUSD Spread
0.09
GBPEUR Spread
0.61
Total Assets
60+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade FX pairs with competitive spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
0.7
EURUSD Spread
0.4
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade a breadth of forex pairs with up to 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
2
EURUSD Spread
2
GBPEUR Spread
3
Total Assets
60+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on dozens of currency pairs with tight spreads
GBPUSD Spread
0.7
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.5
Total Assets
36
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade 50+ global currency pairs with up to 1:500 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
2.1
EURUSD Spread
1.8
GBPEUR Spread
2.2
Total Assets
51
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade with leverage on close to 70 forex pairs
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
67
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Established spread betting, forex and CFD broker with over 30 years in the business. Regulated around the globe.
GBPUSD Spread
0.8
EURUSD Spread
0.5
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade over 60 forex currency pairs from around the world.
GBPUSD Spread
0.8
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.6
Total Assets
60+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade on majors, minors and exotics.
GBPUSD Spread
2.2
EURUSD Spread
1.1
GBPEUR Spread
3.1
Total Assets
30+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade FX pairs with up to 1:400 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.28
EURUSD Spread
0.28
GBPEUR Spread
0.28
Total Assets
49
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Dukascopy offers FX trading on over 60 currency pairs
GBPUSD Spread
1
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
63
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Offering a range of Accounts, including ECN, Instaforex can reduce average spreads to just 0.8 pips. The range of pairs offered is also among the largest of any broker.
GBPUSD Spread
Av. Floating 0.8
EURUSD Spread
Av. Floating 0.8
GBPEUR Spread
Av. Floating 0.8
Total Assets
200+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trading available on close to 40 major, minor, and exotic currency pairs
GBPUSD Spread
1.2
EURUSD Spread
0.5
GBPEUR Spread
1.2
Total Assets
38
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
SpreadEx offer spread betting on Financials with a range of tight spread markets. Popular award winning, UK regulated broker.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9 pts
EURUSD Spread
0.6 pips
GBPEUR Spread
0.9 pips
Total Assets
60+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
No
Trade online currencies with ultra-low spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
From 0.00002
EURUSD Spread
From 0.0
GBPEUR Spread
From 0.00002
Total Assets
63
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade with leverage on dozens of popular currencies.
GBPUSD Spread
0.5
EURUSD Spread
0.2
GBPEUR Spread
0.4
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Capital.com offer 68 Forex pairs for trading. All have competitive spreads. The firm also ensure negative balance protection.
GBPUSD Spread
1 pip
EURUSD Spread
0.6 pips
GBPEUR Spread
0.9 pips
Total Assets
68
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Axi is a global online FX and CFD trading company, trusted by 60,000+ ambitious customers in 100+ countries around the world.
GBPUSD Spread
0.1-0.3 pips (Floating)
EURUSD Spread
0-0.2 pips (Floating)
GBPEUR Spread
0.1-0.3 pips (Floating)
Total Assets
80+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Alpari International offer forex over a huge range of pairs including Major, minor and exotic pairs. All with competitive spreads and laddered leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.7 (var)
EURUSD Spread
0.4 (var)
GBPEUR Spread
0.6 (var)
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Fondex is an award-winning forex and CFD broker with industry low trading costs
GBPUSD Spread
0.71
EURUSD Spread
0.28
GBPEUR Spread
0.7
Total Assets
67
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Skilling offer Standard and Premium accounts offering competitive leverage and spreads across a large range of major, minor and exotic forex pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
0.7 pips
EURUSD Spread
0.4 pips
GBPEUR Spread
1.1 pips
Total Assets
73
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
ETX Capital are a London based, FCA regulated broker offering tight spreads across a wide range of markets. They offer professional client services to Pro clients. ETX are offering a FREE trading course to new clients, and free guaranteed stops on the TraderPro platform.
GBPUSD Spread
0.9
EURUSD Spread
0.6
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
65+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade dozens of global currency pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
4.3
EURUSD Spread
3.3
GBPEUR Spread
4.3
Total Assets
60+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade dozens of leading online forex pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
2
EURUSD Spread
1
GBPEUR Spread
2
Total Assets
40+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Ayondo offer trading across a huge range of markets and assets. They also offer negative balance protection and social trading.
GBPUSD Spread
1.1 Var
EURUSD Spread
0.8 pips
GBPEUR Spread
0.7 pips
Total Assets
80+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade forex pairs with tight spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
0.5
EURUSD Spread
0.3
GBPEUR Spread
0.8
Total Assets
50
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade over 70 forex pairs with low spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
1.6
EURUSD Spread
0.8
GBPEUR Spread
1.5
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade 10 forex pairs with multiple binary options contracts.
GBPUSD Spread
None
EURUSD Spread
None
GBPEUR Spread
None
Total Assets
10
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
No
Trade major, minor and exotic forex pairs with leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.4
EURUSD Spread
0.2
GBPEUR Spread
0.1
Total Assets
80+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade major, minor & emerging forex pairs with 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
0.2
EURUSD Spread
0.2
GBPEUR Spread
0.5
Total Assets
50+
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade forex pairs with up to 1:400 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
3
EURUSD Spread
2
GBPEUR Spread
3
Total Assets
20+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade 50+ forex pairs with 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
Floating
EURUSD Spread
Floating
GBPEUR Spread
Floating
Total Assets
59
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade a range of forex pairs with tight spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
0.3
EURUSD Spread
0.2
GBPEUR Spread
0.4
Total Assets
75+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade major, minor and exotic FX pairs.
GBPUSD Spread
3
EURUSD Spread
3
GBPEUR Spread
4
Total Assets
55+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade FX pairs with up to 1:500 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
1.85
EURUSD Spread
1.2
GBPEUR Spread
1.67
Total Assets
70+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trade a range of FX pairs with 1:30 leverage.
GBPUSD Spread
1.3
EURUSD Spread
0.7
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
40+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Trading CFD forex pairs with tight spreads.
GBPUSD Spread
1.3
EURUSD Spread
0.7
GBPEUR Spread
0.9
Total Assets
45+
FCA Regulated
MT4 Integration
Yes
Buy and sell FX with 1:30 leverage
GBPUSD Spread
4
EURUSD Spread
3
GBPEUR Spread
5
Total Assets
21
FCA Regulated
Yes
MT4 Integration
Yes

What Are Forex Trading Platforms?

Forex platforms are the trading community’s gateway to the markets, which can be accessed through an online portal or mobile app. Today, most platforms are available to download across multiple smart devices (iOS and APK), offering the ultimate flexibility for trading on-the-go.

In addition to forex and other assets, trading platforms also typically offer additional tools and features to enrich the trader’s experience. This could include anything from news feeds to automated trading robots. There is a range of different programs to suit various requirements and we’ve outlined some great examples.

Types Of Forex Trading Platforms

From open-source software such as Python, to Github developers, there are several types of forex trading platforms and programming languages on the market. Nonetheless, the MetaTrader suite is by far the most popular. We’ve covered these and some other examples below, but it’s worth checking out other options to find the best UK forex trading platform for your needs.

MetaTrader 4

The MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform was developed by the MetaQuotes software company in 2005 and uses the MQL4 programming language. As the most trusted platform on the market, you will find MT4 at almost any forex broker.

The platform features an advanced and powerful interface with fully customisable charting tools to suit all your analysis needs. Within 9 different time frames, traders can execute various strategies using over 30 technical indicators and 24 graphical objects.

MT4 Forex Trading Platform

MT4 Forex Trading Platform

In addition, the platform includes a marketplace containing thousands of scripts, Expert Advisors (EAs) and custom indicators, plus a community forum. You can also sign up to trading signals, which we cover later on.

MetaTrader 5

Developed in 2010, MetaTrader 5 (MT5) uses the powerful MQL5 programming language and is even more impressive and feature-rich than MT4. The platform caters more for seasoned or frequent traders. MT5 is also designed to offer more assets beyond forex and CFDs, including stocks, commodities, futures and options. The platform includes twice as many time frames, many more indicators and graphical objects, as well as an integrated economic calendar.

MT5 Forex Trading Platform

MT5 Forex Trading Platform

Perhaps the most notable feature in comparison to the MT4 platform is MT5’s Depth of Market data. Level 2 Depth of Market allows traders to access deeper liquidity by displaying the bid and ask prices of instruments closest to the market rate.

cTrader

cTrader enables multi-asset trading on a user-friendly and customisable interface. The platform’s charting features are impressive, boasting 54 timeframes on 9 different chart types. There’s also over 70 indicators for technical analysis, plus custom indicators in the cTrader store and developer community.

cTrader Forex Trading Platform

cTrader Forex Trading Platform

cTrader also features a built-in copy-trading service, where traders can copy strategies without any long-term commitment. For algorithmic trading, the platform uses the C# API, where traders can code their own programs and test their own robots and indicators.

Proprietary Platforms

Some brokers may also develop their own forex trading platforms like MT4 or MT5, either as the sole proprietary offering or alongside other software. It’s worth drawing a comparison between these options though, as they may not include as many features as the third-party solutions.

Furthermore, certain native platforms might be more tailored to certain markets or FX trading strategies. For example, eToro’s proprietary platform is a popular choice for copy-traders and beginners, due to its excellent trading community.

Tools & Features

Today, top-quality forex trading platforms offer additional tools which are built into the system software. Depending on your level of experience or preferences, some of these might be more useful than others.

Signals

Some forex trading software provides buy/sell signals, which allow traders to subscribe to, and automatically copy another provider’s trades. Signal software can be good for those with limited time to monitor trades or investors who want to learn new FX strategies and benefit from the predictions of professionals.

Note that there is no guarantee of continued success when using another provider, so it’s important to fully research how it works before committing. In addition, good forex signals are rarely free to download and copy, so bear this in mind if you are cost-conscious.

Automation

Trading software with automated forex tools can also be hugely beneficial. In the MetaTrader platforms, for example, these come in the form of trading robot software, known as Expert Advisors (EAs). Automated bots scan the markets for optimum trading conditions and place forex trades on your behalf.

For example, you could employ a hedging EA or even a scalping bot. Some platforms also offer backtesting software so you can test and optimise your FX strategies. Note, however, that popular robots that use sophisticated architecture are not always free to download.

cTrader Automated Forex Trading

cTrader Automated Forex Trading

News & Education

For your fundamental analysis needs, look out for any built-in economic news feeds, calendars, education forums, or market sentiment tools within the platform. These allow you to keep on top of political, economic and financial developments which will affect the FX instrument you are trading.

How To Choose A Forex Trading Platform?

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trader, choosing forex trading platforms can be confusing if you don’t know what to compare. Ultimately, the decision is down to your trading needs and personal preferences, but there are a few factors to consider.

If you need more inspiration, you could always search the top 10 or 20 online UK forex trading platforms or check out some of our broker software reviews.

Demo Accounts

A demo account or tutorial can be an invaluable learning and testing tool for both beginners and experts.

Demo accounts allow traders to browse the features and build on their forex trading strategies within the platform. You can also practice trading with virtual money and bonus contests in a risk-free environment.

eToro offers one of the best forex trading platform demo accounts for social trading beginners, whilst AvaTrade offers an impressive $100,000 in virtual funding for high-volume investors who need to test the waters.

Ease of Use

A good forex trading platform should also be easy to use and user-friendly in terms of both the download and registration process and beyond. The software should download easily onto your device, offer customisable features to suit your trading style and provide straightforward ways to navigate the different functions.

Charts

Forex trading platforms should offer a range of charts, drawing tools, technical indicators and timeframes to analyse prices accurately. There should also be easy ways to place trades with risk management orders from your charts.

MetaTrader 4 Forex Trading Charts

MetaTrader 4 Forex Trading Charts

Customer Service

Some top-rated forex trading platforms in the UK provide built-in technical support, such as a 24/7 live chat, which can be hugely advantageous. If not, a community forum can be just as helpful. Alternatively, make sure the forex broker itself provides reliable support options through your trading account.

Access To Markets

This will depend on your preferences but if you plan on maintaining a diverse portfolio, you will want to look for a forex trading platform that offers a range of markets. This could include cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, or even stocks, futures and options.

Cost

Whilst most forex trading platforms are free to use, there are usually other costs associated with your broker or trading account. For example, you will usually need to put down a minimum deposit in order to open an account. Some brokers may also offer additional software data packages or add-ons but do check prices for these services beforehand.

Furthermore, even if a forex trading platform comes with a low deposit or the lowest spreads, the broker will still be making money elsewhere, so make sure to weigh up all factors.

Additional Features

If you want the full 360 experience, some forex trading platforms come with some useful additions, including profit and tax journal software, free downloads of EAs, forums, programming tools and scripts.

You may also be able to find more tailored solutions to your trading needs, such as platforms with New York close charts, for example.

Security

Any trading service provided should be transparent and secure. Reputable brands such as MetaTrader and cTrader use industry-standard SSL encryption technology, for example, to protect trader data.

You should also ensure that secure methods of login security and verification are used, such as two-factor authentication (2FA) or one-time passwords (OTP).

Accessibility

Today, most forex trading platforms are accessible on a range of operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Android. Note that as most platforms are natively designed for Windows computers, you may be required to install additional programs for Linux and Mac PCs.

If you’re an iOS or Android (APK) smartphone owner, you should be able to access a free download from the App Store or Google Play.

Final Word On Forex Trading Platforms

Making a forex trading platform work for you may take some practice and getting used to. Even the best online forex trading platforms in the UK can be a bit daunting at first, but there are plenty of training resources and forums that can help you get started.

Make sure to also take advantage of any demo software and tutorials before you download the platform and start trading FX with real money. Whilst MetaTrader is the most popular option, it’s worth comparing the features with other FX e-trading platforms as well.

FAQs

A Forex Trading Platform: What Is It?

Forex trading software allows you to trade financial assets such as forex, commodities, stocks and indices. Most trading platforms are provided by online forex brokers who offer access through a bridging program that connects the broker’s dealing software with the platform.

What Is The Best Forex Trading Platform In The UK For Beginners?

The MetaTrader 4 platform has always been a favourite among both beginners and experienced traders and is offered by most brokerages. Award-winning forex brokers such as eToro and Plus500 also offer proprietary trading platforms that are excellent for beginners. For more ideas, you can check out a list of top 5 forex trading platforms in the UK online.

How Do Forex Trading Platforms Make Money?

Platforms such as MetaTrader 4 and 5 make money from the broker that you sign up with. The broker will likely sign up to a monthly or annual subscription package, which includes an allowance of live trading accounts and other features and add-ons.

How Do I Download Forex Trading Platforms?

To download your trading platform, you will need to register with a forex broker and follow their instructions. You may receive an email with a download link, or you might be able to install the software directly from the broker’s website.

What Is The Best Forex Trading Platform On Mac?

According to the top ten forex trading platforms for Mac in the UK, AvaTrade and Plus500 offer the best native platforms for Mac, closely followed by MetaTrader 4. There are plenty of forex trading software comparison lists online if you need further inspiration.