Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) demo account

Open a free MT4 demo account to trade CFDs on forex pairs, indices and commodities.


Trade £10,000 of virtual cash

Use MT4's Expert Advisors to automate your trading strategies

Competitive spreads and margins across several asset classes

Experienced customer service from Sunday night to Friday evening

Join over 1 million traders and investors globally*

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How to open an MT4 demo account and start trading


Sign up

Just enter your email address and a password, then we’ll send you a verification message.



Download, install and log in to MT4.



Discover a wide range of markets to trade, and try out the platform’s features.

Practise trading on a free MT4 demo account

An MT4 demo account with CMC Markets allows you to trade across a number of asset classes in a risk-free environment.

Trade on forex, indices and commodities.

Access our free library of MT4 add-ons and indicators, including pivot points​ and renko charts.

Draw freehand on charts.

Develop, test and apply your own algorithms. No coding needed.

Why open an MT4 demo account with us?

A MetaTrader 4 demo account allows you to practise trading across key global markets. Get to know the platform and practise your trading strategies risk-free.

In-depth charting

Utilise MT4's powerful charting and innovative trading tools

Low spreads

Get consistently low spreads from 0.5 pips on key forex pairs

Customise your experience

Access our library of free MT4 indicators and add-ons

MetaTrader 4 demo account vs MetaTrader 4 live account

Discover the key differences between an MT4 demo account and live account below:

1. The MT4 demo account provides £10,000 of virtual currency to use, whereas an MT4 live account requires you to fund the account with real money.

2. An MT4 demo account provides a risk-free environment where users are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them, whereas live accounts provide the opportunity for real returns, but are also accompanied by real risk.

3. Demo accounts are free from emotional pressures that are present when trading with real money. You can use your virtual balance to develop confidence and deepen your understanding of the markets.

Why trade on MT4 with CMC Markets?

Dedicated customer service

Over 34 years' industry experience

FTSE 250 group

MT4 markets & spread details

InstrumentSpreadHolding cost(Buy)Holding cost(Sell)Margin rate
InstrumentSpreadHolding cost(Buy)Holding cost(Sell)Margin rate
US 30---5%
Germany 40---5%
US NDAQ 100---5%
US SPX 500---5%
UK 100---5%
InstrumentSpreadHolding cost(Buy)Holding cost(Sell)Margin rate
Crude Oil West Texas---10%
Crude oil Brent ---10%
Natural Gas---10%

How to switch from an MT4 demo to a live account



Complete our simple online form.



Download, install and log in to MT4.



Discover a wide range of markets to trade, and try out the platform’s features.


Can I access trading signals and custom indicators with an MT4 demo account?

A demo account with CMC Markets will allow you to experience all of the MT4 platform features in a risk-free environment. Visit our MT4 indicators and add-ons page to see the range of tools you can use with your MT4 demo account.

Can I use an Expert Advisor to automate my demo trading?

Our MT4 demo account allows users to become familiar with trading bot automations by using Expert Advisors (EAs). You can add any EAs you think will enhance your algorithmic trading strategy.