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    cTrader vs. TradingView, Which is Best?

    Find out the key differences between the two trading platforms cTrader and TradingView, we cover areas like manual trading, charting, algorithmic trading, support & community. This review will help traders decide which trading platform would be best to start both manual and automated trading, it is slightly biased towards cTrader, but we tried to be as accurate as possible.

     

    cTrader vs. TradingView

     

    Pricing

    This is a comparison between the two free versions of the trading platforms, TradingView does offer more features for their paid offering on Pro, Pro+ and Premium plans.

     

    TradingView 2 out of 5

    • 3 Indicators per chart
    • Advertisements
    • Pattern drawing & Risk Reward tools as standard
    • Only 1 chart per tab
    • Only 1 trade alert

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Unlimited indicators
    • No Advertisements
    • Pattern drawing & risk & reward tools
    • Multiple charts per tab
    • Multiple trade alerts

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of pricing between the two trading platforms, watch this video.

     


     

    Symbols & Brokers

    Who offers the most trading symbols and reputable brokers, this review will show you the difference between the two platforms.

     

    TradingView 4 out of 5

    • More reputable brokers
    • A large number of symbols traded
    • Forex
    • Stocks
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Metals

    cTrader3 out of 5

    • Fewer reputable brokers
    • Not as many symbols supported
    • Forex
    • Stocks
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Metals

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of the brokers & symbols, watch this video.

     


     

    Manual Trading

    When it comes to manual trading this comparison will show you which platform performs better with regard to submitting and managing orders.

     

    TradingView 3 out of 5

    • Basic order management
    • No trailing stop loss
    • No market range
    • No stop-limit orders
    • No advanced risk protection
    • Includes Manual strategy testing

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Advanced order & risk management
    • Server-side trailing stop loss
    • Quick trade widgets
    • Add-on applications for advanced trading.
    • Add-on applications for additional advanced risk-management
    • Includes manual strategy testing

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of manual trading, watch this video.

     


     

    3rd Party Tools

    When it comes to 3rd party tools for advanced trading applications and indicators, this will show the comparison.

     

    TradingView 1.5 out of 5

    • No add-on trading tools
    • No embedded chart trading tools
    • Free & paid indicator scripts

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Unlimited add-on trading tools
    • Includes embedded chart trading tools
    • Free & paid indicators

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of the types of 3rd party trading tools offered, watch this video.

     


     

    Programming Language

    Which programming language to use when creating your custom indicators or automated trading systems is very important.

     

    TradingView 3 out of 5

    • Pine Scripting Language
    • Only used with TradingView
    • Basic code editor
    • Limited educational courses
    • No framework to advanced 3rd party tools
    • A large number of PineScript Algo developers

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Microsoft C# programming language
    • 5th most popular language in the world (2021)
    • Basic or Advanced Microsoft Visual Studio editors
    • Huge amount of Free educational courses
    • Uses the power of Microsoft .NET framework
    • Knowledge of C# can be used anywhere

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of the programming language difference, watch this video.

     


     

    Algorithmic Trading

    A comparison of the features of Algorithmic trading using both trading platforms.

     

    TradingView 0 out of 5

    • No automated trading
    • No option for trading robots
    • No automated system backtesting
    • No optimisation option

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Automated trading using cTrader Automate
    • Ability to create complex trading robots
    • Backtesting allowed with user interface
    • Optimisation of strategy settings

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of algorithmic trading using cTrader, watch this video.

     


     

    Charting

    Which platform is the best for charting, technical drawing tools for manual trading?

     

    TradingView 5 out of 5

    • Excellent charting indicators & tools
    • Excellent trade analysis widgets
    • Pattern drawing & risk & reward tool included as standard
    • News events
    • Limited to 1 chart layout
    • Limited to 1 template

    cTrader3.5 out of 5

    • Not as many default charting tools
    • News event indicators
    • Pattern drawing & risk & reward tool not as standard
    • Large selection of feature-rich chart add-ons
    • Unlimited chart layouts
    • Unlimited templates

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of how they compare with charting, watch this video.

     


     

    Copy Trading

    Copy Trading enables individuals in the financial markets to automatically copy positions opened and managed by other selected individuals. Find out more about cTrader Copy

     

    TradingView 0 out of 5

    • Does not offer Copy Trading
    • No 3rd party tools for trade copying

    cTrader4 out of 5

    • Copy-trading available
    • 3rd Part copy trading applications like Duplikium

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of what is copy-trading, watch this video.

     


     

    Platform Community

    The type of community built around the platform is very important, this comparison will help.

     

    TradingView 4 out of 5

    • Social networking & sharing trade ideas built into the platform.
    • Facebook group
    • Discord server support
    • Telegram group (advertising only)
    • TradingView forum for ideas & help

    cTrader4 out of 5

    • Copy-trading community
    • Multi-language Telegram support communities
    • Algorithmic trading support community
    • cTrader.com & cTrader.info support forum
    • Facebook group

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of which platform offers the best community, watch this video.

     


     

    Platform Support

    This covers the type of support both cTrader & TradingView offer their customers.

     

    TradingView 3 out of 5

    • No customer support on the free plan
    • Telegram group used for advertising
    • Discord server support
    • No direct instant chat support
    • Good YouTube channel with educational material
    • Limited programming support

    cTrader5 out of 5

    • Excellent customer support
    • cTrader & ClickAlgo instant reply Telegram support groups
    • Multi-language telegram support groups
    • cTrader.com forum 2nd line support
    • cTrader.info forum 2nd line support
    • Algorithmic programming support groups

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of which platform offers the best support, watch this video.

     


     

    Customer Reviews

    Now we look at real online customer reviews for each platform as of December 2021.

     

    TradingView 3 out of 5

    cTrader4 out of 5

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of which platform has the best customer reviews, watch this video.

     


     

    Conclusion

    Here is our conclusion after looking at all the key areas when it comes to choosing a trading platform.

     

    TradingView 

    • excellent charting for trade analysis
    • No algorithmic trading
    • Discuss & share trade ideas
    • Live community directly on the platform
    • No copy-trading

    cTrader

    • Trading and order management
    • Better customer support
    • Basic & Advanced Algorithmic trading
    • Educational courses to learn algo trading
    • Copy-trading of successful traders

     

    Video Explainer

    For a more detailed explanation of our conclusion, watch this video.