Internet Explorer may seem like a forgotten relic for most Mac owners, but for some, old flames die hard. Microsoft’s Web browser quickly faded from popularity on Apple rigs starting in 2003, when Microsoft stopped supporting IE for Mac and Cupertino introduced Safari. Despite that, we think some people and developers would still prefer to use IE in OS X.
Fortunately, VirtualBox, Oracle’s virtualization software, allows you to run more recent builds of IE without requiring you to dual boot Windows and Mac OS X.
Here’s our guide on how to run Internet Explorer on a Mac. Also, feel free to check out our guides on how to block pop up ads in Internet Explorer, our side-by-side comparison of the best browsers, and our handpicked selection of the best Web browsers for the iPhone.
Say hello to Oracle VM VirtualBox for Mac
Although its gone through multiple name changes since launching, Oracle VM
The software is freely available through the developer’s website, and though it’s not as extensive as some premium offerings, users and developers are constantly updating and patching the software to include the latest features and security fixes. Moreover, it’s incredibly user-friendly, making it appealing for tech-savvy pros and novice users alike.
How to install Internet Explorer on Mac OS X using Oracle VM VirtualBox
Step 1. Navigate to Oracle’s main VirtualBox download page and click the blue, x86/amd64 link to the right of “
Step 2: Next, launch Terminal via the main Applications folder on your Mac, and paste in one of the commands listed in the table below. Each command will grant you a different version of IE. Note that the last command contains all versions of IE, and requires 20GB of free space on your hard drive.
Once you’ve put in the command for the version of IE you’d like to snag, press Return. If you’re rocking an older Mac, we recommend that you download IE 7 or 8, and run the Windows XP virtual machine.
|Internet Explorer Build||Internet Explorer Command|
|Internet Explorer 10||curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”10″ bash|
|Internet Explorer 9||curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”9″ bash|
|Internet Explorer 8||curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”8″ bash|
|Internet Explorer 7||curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”7″ bash|
|All versions||curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | bash|
Step 3: Then, launch
Once the virtual machine boots up, click the IE icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen to launch the browser. IE should pop up momentarily, ready for you to use.
Tips for using VirtualBox – Downloading Internet Explorer 11
When the Windows virtual machine boots up, you may notice an icon on the desktop labeled “IE Test Drive.” This is a link to the IE 11 download page, which is the newest version of Microsoft’s browser. If you want to upgrade to IE 11, open the shortcut, and open the IE 11 upgrade tab located on the left-hand side of the screen.
Using snapshots to avoid the 30-day Microsoft limit
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Setting up automatic updates
Software updates are a crucial component to any application, and thankfully, setting your virtual machine to automatically check and install them isn’t tough. To begin, navigate to the Windows virtual machine Control Panel and click the System and Security option. Afterward, select Windows Update and choose Check for updates to enable automatic updates in the furture. Installing updates in your Windows virtual machine will help ensure the software runs properly and efficiently.
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