How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

So you need to run Internet Explorer on your Mac and you don’t want to bother with a full Windows install in something like Parallels. What are you left with?

Update: You can download Internet Explorer and Windows virtual machines for free that run within Mac OS X. That method works for IE7, IE 8, and IE9, although they run within a VM rather than as an app like the below method.

Try WineBottler, it runs off of Wine and ‘bottles’ various Windows apps into launchable .app files that sit in your Applications folder like any other Mac app. There’s several packages included in WineBottler but the ones you are interested in using are Internet Explorer.

Download Internet Explorer for Mac

Downloading Internet Explorer for Mac directly can be done with IE5, but as we mention below Microsoft stopped supporting it officially after this version. Later versions of Internet Explorer can be downloaded and run through the WineBottler app within Mac OS X, the instructions below will walk you through this process with versions 6, 7, and 8.

Here’s how to get Internet Explorer running on your Mac using WineBottler:

Download and Get Internet Explorer 6 for Mac
* Download WineBottler
* Launch the WineBottler app
* Click on ‘Install Predefined Prefixes’ on the left column
* Select “Internet Explorer 6.0”
* Click ‘Install’
* Select the folder you want Internet Explorer 6.app to be installed into (Applications)
* Wait a few moments while IE6 gets installed, you may be asked about installing DCOM98.EXE from Microsoft, which is a required part of IE. This goes through Wine.
* When the Installation is finished, locate the newly created Internet Explorer 6.app located where you specified earlier and launch
* You are now running Internet Explorer 6 on your Mac!

Download and Run Internet Explorer 7 or 8 in Mac OS
* Installation and setup instructions are the same as above but click on “Internet Explorer 7 or 8” in the package installer. See screenshot below for installation reference.
* You will then look for the newly downloaded and installed “Internet Explorer 7.app” file within /Applications

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Stability of running IE for Mac via WineBottler
If you are looking to install Internet Explorer 7 or 8 be aware that the developer of WineBottler warns both IE7 and IE8 are not particularly stable. I can confirm this, both crashed during testing the app but IE8 was particularly problematic. If you want to run Internet Explorer 7 or 8 in Mac OS I’d highly recommend just installing Parallels, VirtualBox, or VMWare with Windows, it’ll be far more stable.

What about Internet Explorer 5?
IE 5.2.3 was the last supported and released version of Internet Explorer by Microsoft for Mac OS. You can get Internet Explorer 5.2.3 for Mac OS X if you are interested in running this older version.

Why would you run Internet Explorer in Mac OS X?
Well, there’s a bunch of reasons you’d want to use IE on your Mac, but most are developers looking to insure cross-platform and cross-platform compatibility. Again, if you are looking to use IE6, IE7, or IE8 frequently in Mac OS X, it’s probably best to use something like Parallels, VMWare, or VirtualBox. I am partial to VirtualBox because it is a free download. In this case you will need to have a Windows install within the virtualization software to be able to run Internet Explorer on top of Mac OS X.

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Wine is an open source program for running Windows software on non-Windows operating systems. While it’s most often used on Linux, Wine can run Windows software directly on a Mac, too–without requiring a Windows license or needing Windows running in the background.

This isn’t necessarily the best option if you want to run Windows software on a Mac. Wine isn’t perfect, and not every application will run ideally. Some applications will crash or not run at all. Virtual machines and Boot Camp are more rock-solid options, but they do add more overhead and require a Windows installation. For apps that do work, however, Wine can be extremely useful.

How to Download Wine on a Mac

There are several ways to get Wine on a Mac. The official project website at WineHQ now provides official builds of Wine for Mac OS X. However, those aren’t necessarily the best option. These Wine binaries allow you to run Windows software, but don’t provide any helpful graphical tools for installing and setting up common applications, so they’re best for advanced users already familiar with Wine.

Instead, you should probably consider one of the third-party projects that take the Wine source code and build a more convenient interface on top of it, one that helps you quickly install and configure common applications. They often perform tweaks that you’d have to perform by hand if you were using the barebones Wine software. They include their own Wine software, too, so you only have to download one thing.

Third-party tools include WineBottler, PlayOnMac, and Wineskin. There’s also the free Porting Kit, which makes installing classic games easy, and the commercial CrossOver Mac, which is the only application here you have to pay for. We’ll be using WineBottler for this tutorial, as it seems like the most popular option among Mac users. It can create Mac .app bundles for Windows programs. The other third-party applications will work similarly, though some (like CrossOver and Porting Kit) may be much more streamlined for the apps they actually support—so if you’re looking to run a specific game, it may be worth checking to see if the other apps support that game for easy setup.

How to Run Windows Software on a Mac With WineBottler

To get started, download WineBottler. Be sure to download a version that works on your release of Mac OS X. When this article was written, that meant OS X El Capitan and Yosemite users needed to download version 1.8.

Open the downloaded DMG file. Drag and drop both Wine and WineBottler applications to your Applications folder to install them, just like you would any other Mac application. You can then launch WineBottler from your Applications folder.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

WineBottler lists a number of different programs you can easily install. For example, you could install various versions of Internet Explorer if you needed to test websites with them on your Mac. The Windows version of Steam is available, and which could allow you to run some Windows-only games on your Mac. Choose any of these options and WineBottler will automatically download, install, and configure these applications for you.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

The installed application will appear under “On My Mac” in the WineBottler window. You can uninstall them from here, if you like. Click an application and it will launch in a window, receiving its own icon on your dock.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

To run another application that doesn’t appear in the WineBottler list, you can simply download it, then right-click or Ctrl-click its .exe file to select Open With > Wine.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

WineBottler allows you to quickly execute the .exe directly, if you like. You can also choose to install the application in a Mac .app file created by WineBottler.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

If you choose to convert it to an OS X application bundle, you will be taken to the Advanced screen in WineBottler. Provide the .exe file used to install the application and you can install it as an .app using the options here. Depending on the application, you may need various third-party libraries from the Winetricks list, DLL override options, or runtime arguments here to make it work.

However, that often isn’t necessary–just executing .exe files directly with Wine should generally work.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

If you can’t get an application working, you should perform a web search for its name and “wine” or “winebottler” for tips on what advanced functions you might need.

Bear in mind that WineBottler is best if you have a single program or handful of programs that work well. If you plan on testing out a lot of software or you use software that Wine doesn’t support well, you’ll have a much better time just running it in a virtual machine. These offer more or less guaranteed compatibility with Windows software on a Mac.

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if i use winebottler on my Mac Mini Yosemite , will i be able to run Internet Explorer 8 , or do i have to use Internet Explorer 5 for the Mac ?

or do i use Parallel software ?

thanks in advance for any help

dell, Windows XP

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 4:57 AM

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You have to install a complete copy of Windows on the Mac.

Mar 25, 2015 5:02 AM

We’re going to walk you through how to install Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 in a virtual machine running Windows, directly in Mac OS X – for free. This is achieved by using the freely available VirtualBox software from Oracle, and combining that with free Internet Explorer testing virtual machines from Microsoft, the trick is converting these free IE vm’s so that they work flawlessly under OS X (or Linux, technically), and that is all handled automatically with this method.

Mar 25, 2015 5:05 AM

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You have to install a complete copy of Windows on the Mac.

Mar 25, 2015 5:02 AM

We’re going to walk you through how to install Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 in a virtual machine running Windows, directly in Mac OS X – for free. This is achieved by using the freely available VirtualBox software from Oracle, and combining that with free Internet Explorer testing virtual machines from Microsoft, the trick is converting these free IE vm’s so that they work flawlessly under OS X (or Linux, technically), and that is all handled automatically with this method.

Mar 25, 2015 5:05 AM

I am not sure if QuickTimeKirk and kahjot have understood what WineBottler is doing.

For the benefit of everyone WINE stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator. It allows running some but not all Windows applications without having to run Windows itself. WINE was originally developed for Linux but as Linux and Unix are kissing cousins and the Mac runs a variety of Unix versions of WINE have therefore also been ported to the Mac.

So in theory yes it would be possible to ‘bottle’ IE and run it via WINE. However as I mentioned not all applications work, WINE is constantly being enhanced to improve support for more applications but it always plays catch up and in fact is often way behind supporting current versions. It would be worth looking at the following web pages.

Note: CrossOver Mac is a commercial version of WINE for both Mac and Linux. Being a paid for version it is more polished and might support more applications.

In addition to the above paid for version of WINE i.e. CrossOver for Mac, there are the following free alternatives.

Even if IE 8 is not officially listed as working it may be worth trying it.

In June 2003, a Microsoft product manager told CNET News that “Safari is turning into a better answer for (Apple) customers.” This statement sounded the death knell for the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser on Apple Mac OS X systems.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Unfortunately, around the same time Microsoft also killed the Mac version of Media Player. The loss of Windows Media Player doesn’t hurt so much, given the plethora of excellent media players that are native to the Mac (QuickTime, VLC, etc.).

The problem I have with Microsoft’s decision to nuke IE for the Mac is that, as crazy as this sounds in 2011, not all Web sites work with non-Microsoft browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.

For instance, in my day job I need to access a line-of-business (LOB) application whose user agent detection routine simply roadblocks you from entering the application unless you are using Internet Explorer 7 or later.

In this blog post I will present to you a number of methods that will enable you to run Internet Explorer on a Mac. The first solution is free, but may have variable long-term success for you, depending upon a variety of factors.

I will also give you some IE-on-Mac methods that involve additional cost. After all, sometimes the most reliable solution incurs financial outlay. Let’s get to work!

Free Method: WineBottler ^

Wine, short for Wine Is Not an Emulator, is a GPL-licensed Mac application that relies upon X11 and allows Microsoft Windows applications to run under non-Microsoft operating systems.

WineBottler is a Mac tool based upon Wine that provides for the easy installation of Windows application on Mac OS X. As of this writing, WineBottler includes built-in “prefixes” (basically virtualized applications) that support local installation of several Windows applications, including Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, and Internet Explorer 8.

Here is the high-level procedure to get WineBottler and IE up and running on your Mac OS X system:

1. Download WineBottler and drag both Wine and WineBottler to your Mac’s Applications folder.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

2. Open WineBottler and select Install Predefined Prefixes from the left-hand navigation bar. Next, select the desired Internet Explorer version from the list. Finally, click Install to continue.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

You will be prompted for an installation location (I suggest the Applications folder), after which then the virtualized IE installation will proceed.

3. After installation completes, you are ready to rock. To run Internet Explorer, navigate to your previously specified installation location and simply launch Internet Explorer.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Judging from the above screenshot, which displays the 4sysops Website rendered in a WineBottled instance of Internet Explorer 7, the user interface is nowhere near as pretty (or as functional) as it is in native Microsoft Windows. But hey: it’s better than nothing, right?

Paid Method #1: Sun VirtualBox ^

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free x86 desktop virtualization product that is available for Windows, Linux, and yes indeed, Mac OS X. With VirtualBox we can create guest virtual machines that run practically any operating system under the sun—pun intended—, depending upon your penchant for tweaking.

Following is an abbreviated overview for getting Windows 7 and Internet Explorer running on Mac OS X. For specific instructions on how to install and use VirtualBox on Mac OS X, I suggest that you check out the VirtualBox documentation site.

1. Open VirtualBox and create a virtual machine based upon your desired version of Windows. Note that this step requires that you own a license and installation media for that version of Windows. As of this writing, a single-user license for Windows 7 Home Edition is approximately $115.

In order to access your LAN or the Internet from within the virtual machine, you will need to ensure that the VM’s network settings are configured properly. If you need some assistance with this issues, there exist many wonderful tutorials that are only a mouse click away.

2. To browse IE sites, simply fire up your VM, log into Windows, start Internet Explorer, and off you go! If you need to share resources between the guest OS (the Windows-based virtual machine) and the host OS (your Mac computer), then you’ll want to set up the Shared Folders function in VirtualBox.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Note that the biggest “Achilles Heel” to the VirtualBox approach is that there is a pretty high degree of separation between Internet Explorer and Mac OS X. That is, we are unable to drag-and-drop resources between the host computer and the guest virtual machine.

Paid Method #2: Parallels Desktop ^

Parallels Desktop for the Mac provides hardware virtualization of Windows for Mac OS X-based computers. What is particularly cool about Parallels is that the application appearance is seamless; Windows apps run transparently within Mac OS X as if the “Wintel” apps were in fact native to the Mac.

By using this method, you are financially on the hook for both the Parallels license ($79.99 as of this writing), as well as the license and installation media for Microsoft Windows.

The basic workflow installing and using Parallels is as follows:

1. Install Parallels Desktop for Mac on your system and start it up.

2. Create a new Windows OS-based virtual machine. Make sure to select the Like a Mac integration method.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

You will be prompted for your Windows DVD or disc image. Install Windows as usual (installation troubleshooting tips here.).

3. Once the Windows VM installation completes, you can launch Microsoft Internet Explorer in what the Parallels team calls Coherence mode. As you see in the below screenshot, IE runs completely side-by-side with your native Mac OS X applications.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Other Paid Methods ^

While in this blog post we covered what I feel are the best methods for running Internet Explorer on Mac OS X, several additional free and cost-based solutions exist. To that end, please consider the following links to learn more:

If you’ve just switched to Mac from Windows you need to be aware that Internet Explorer for Mac doesn’t exist.

The problem for Mac users is that some websites such as corporate intranets, HR and banking sites still require Internet Explorer to access them.

Microsoft has since replaced IE on Windows with Microsoft Edge and the company officially discontinued Internet Explorer on all platforms in August 2021.

In some cases, you may be able to just use Microsoft Edge for Mac to access sites that only work with IE.

However, there are still some sites that won’t accept Microsoft Edge and will only work with Internet Explorer so in this article we show you various ways of getting around this on the latest versions of macOS including Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina and M1 Macs.

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Can You Download Internet Explorer On a Mac?

There’s no way to even download IE on Mac anymore because the Mac version was discontinued by Microsoft way back in 2005 but there are ways to install Windows on your Mac and then download the Windows version of Internet Explorer.

If you search for “download Internet Explorer for Mac” you may find sites that claim to offer it but do not download them as the truth is IE for Mac does not exist anymore.

Some sites claiming that you can download and install IE on a Mac may even install malware on your Mac such as the recent Silver Sparrow malware.

The last version of Internet Explorer that worked on Mac was for OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard which is now obsolete so don’t be fooled by any site that claims you can download it still.

Can You Install Internet Explorer Explorer on a Mac?

You can’t install Internet Explorer on a Mac anymore but you can either install Windows on your Mac or use another browser to “emulate” Internet Explorer in macOS.

  • Install Windows on your Mac

There are various ways to do this the easiest being with a Virtual Machine which allows you to run macOS and Windows at the same time. In fact, if the website you’re trying to access requires ActiveX, you will have to install Windows on your Mac because it’s the only way to access websites that require it. This also allows you to run Internet Explorer on M1 Macs although M1 Macs can only run the Windows ARM compatible version of Internet Explorer the moment.

  • Simulate IE in another browser

If you don’t need ActiveX support, the simplest way to get IE or Edge on your Mac is to simulate them in your current browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox. This can easily be done by changing the “user agent” settings in your browser so that the site thinks you’re using Internet Explorer even though, you’re using Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc.

With this in mind, here then are the best ways to view websites on your Mac that require Internet Explorer in 2022.

1. Run Internet Explorer on Mac in Windows

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Running Windows on your Mac is the surest way to access sites that will only work with Internet Explorer.

Although the second method covered here (emulation) will work for most sites, there are some websites that simply can’t be fooled into thinking you’re using Internet Explorer on a Mac.

This is definitely the case for websites that require Microsoft ActiveX.

Running Windows in a Virtual Machine

The easiest way to do this is using the Parallels virtual machine which allows you to run macOS and Windows at the same time so you can switch between them easily.

Parallels is also the only way to run Internet Explorer and Windows on M1 Macs.

Parallels allows you to run Windows simultaneously with macOS and the good news is that nowadays, you can even run Windows on a Mac for free.

This is because Microsoft no longer requires users to activate Windows 10 or Windows 11 with a product key in order to actually them.

The only advantage of activating Windows with a product key is that it allows you to customize the look of Windows, which isn’t exactly essential for most Mac users.

Running Windows on your Mac almost guarantees access to any IE only or Edge only sites on Mac.

Effectively, you are emulating a PC on your Mac so it’s just like accessing a website as if you were a PC user using Internet Explore or Edge.

There is no denying to the fact that Mac OS has pretty powerful programs and apps, but the productivity and ease which come with Windows apps and programs has no match. If you want to install Windows programs like Microsoft Office and other apps in your Mac, there is a great free software for that. The software is called “Wine”. Wine has recently launched its latest version, dubbed as Wine 2.0 using which you can install latest Windows software, Microsoft Office 2013, 64-bit Windows app not only on Mac OS but also on Linux.

Run Windows Apps and Software in Mac OS X and Linux

Download Wine 2.0 and follow the on-screen installation process. Wine usually offers binary files that should be installed separately. They are too complex to use as they do not provide GUI-based installation. You can use third party programs which scrap Wine source code and show a complete interface or skin using which you can install Wine. For that I’d recommend using Wine Bottler

Wine Bottler is the most popular software for running Windows apps on Mac using Wine software. You can download Wine Bottler from here. The software works with latest OS X versions like Mavericks, El Capitan, etc.

You will see a DMG file. Open this file and then drag and drop both Wine and WineBottler applications to your Applications folder in Mac for installation like we do for any other Mac application. After installation, WineBottler from your Applications folder.

WineBottler will automatically show you some of the Windows programs which you can easily install in Mac. To start with, you will see Internet Explorer (oops, no one wants to install that), Firefox, Office suite etc.

All the installed applications in Mac will be indexed under “On My Mac” in the WineBottler window. You can open the applications by double clicking them. You can also uninstall them from the same window.

If some application is not there in the WineBottler window, you can download then right-click or Ctrl-click its .exe file to select Open With > Wine. You can also execute the .exe directly or install the application in a Mac .app file created by WineBottler.

I need to connect to the website dictate.it, which says it only works with Internet Explorer.

Is it possible to find versions of IE to run somehow within macOS?

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You can use a virtual machine and then use the images provided by Microsoft for use in testing older versions of IE. Requires no cost and you can delete it when you’ve finished using the site.

For free you can use VirtualBox, and then use one of the images from Microsoft.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

That last version of Internet Explorer for Mac was released in 2003 & won’t run on a modern OS.

The closest you can achieve without actually installing Windows would be to change the User Agent in Safari to pretend to be a Windows native browser.

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click Safari in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab.
  5. Check the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” setting, then close the Preferences window. The Develop menu should now show in your menu bar.
  6. Go to Develop > User Agent.
  7. If you need to pretend you’re using Internet Explorer, choose one of the Internet Explorer options.
  8. If you need to pretend you’re using a PC, choose “Google Chrome — Windows” or “Firefox — Windows”.

First, please note that Internet Explorer has been deprecated and replaced by Microsoft Edge since 2015. It is not known to be a secure browser and has frequent major vulnerabilities. If your service provider doesn’t support any modern cross-platform browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), it may be time for a change of provider or service.

That being said, if you really must use Internet Explorer and since it’s only available on Windows OS you only have three choices :

  • Use a Windows PC or install Windows on your Mac using Bootcamp
  • Use a virtualization software (VirtualBox, Parallel Desktop or VMware Fusion) to run Windows inside a virtual machine on macOS
  • Use a compatibility layer to run windows programs on macOS without virtualization

That last choice may be a good alternative if you only want to run one specific program and don’t need a full-fledged Windows running. Wine is a free and open-source solution capable of running windows program on Unix-like systems (Linux or macOS).

You can install and setup Wine manually but it’s mostly dedicated for advanced system administrators. However, there are multiple packaged front-ends for Wine that allow running windows program on macOS without much technical knowledge :

    , the Mac version of PlayOnLinux, is a free software and provides a user-friendly graphical interface with configuration templates to run the windows version of Internet Explorer , a commercial solution with customer support if you have some money to spend. It also provides a graphical interface and may have better support than PlayOnMac. , another open-source solution but mostly dedicated to advanced users

Although those solutions have a lot of benefits (no virtual machine, no Windows license needed, possibly no cost), they may be really tricky to set up if it doesn’t work out-of-the-box. In which case a windows virtual machine may still be the easier way to go.

FYI, I managed to run Internet Explorer 8 on macOS Mojave using the trial version of CrossOver : How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

It may very well be the best solution if PlayOnMac doesn’t work and you don’t have the technical background necessary to setup Wine manually and you don’t want to spend

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Turn Windows-based programs into Mac apps –
NOT. 😉

WineBottler packages Windows-based programs like browsers , media-players , games or business appli­ca­tions snugly into Mac app-bundles.

Your company provides you with a login, mail, calendar and contacts that only work on certain browsers?
You quickly want to test your websites in Windows-based browsers.
You want to play games, that are not ported to OS X ?
Your online trading platform or accounting tool only runs on Windows?
Your audio book player is not available on OS X ?

No need to install emulators, virtualizers or boot into other operating systems – WineBottler runs your Windows-based programs directly on your Mac.
This is possible thanks to a Windows-compatible subsystem, which is provided by the great OpenSource tool Wine.

WineBottler does Automated Installations:

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler Select from a wide range of software for which WineBottler offers automated installations. It is as easy as hitting “Install” – and WineBottler will leave you with a neat app on your desktop. WineBottler does not come with the programs themselves, but with scripts, that take care of down­loading, configuring and installing everything into an app for you.

WineBottler can pack your .exe into an Mac .app .

. or just run that .exe.

Enjoy, it’s free!

Like Wine, WineBottler is free software. We’ve made it out of our own needs and now we share the result. If you are happy with it, you can keep the project rolling by sending a small Donation.

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If you have questions installing a certain program, please have a look at the documentation or at appdb.winehq.org first. winehq.org is the hub for all info about wine. It contains notes, hints and tricks to install all major programs.
winehq.org is NOT affiliated with WineBottler in any way. So please do NOT post bug-reports or questions about WineBottler there – write an eMail to mikesmassivemess(at)kronenberg.org and if time permits, i’ll try to get your exe running.

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It’s unanimous: at a point or another, all Mac users will find a program they really want to use, such as some of the best PC software, but it just doesn’t run natively on OSX. A big part of that is that Windows has a lot more users, and developers prioritize this system when programming the apps.

Don’t worry: It’s entirely possible to run Windows programs on Mac without installing a Windows virtual machine or even installing Bill Gates’ OS on your Mac. To do so, we will use a software called WineBottler, which is capable of running several Windows programs easily.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Well-known by all Linux users, Wine is a software that makes it possible to run Windows apps on other operating systems, as is the case in Mac’s OSX. WineButtler just makes it easier to do everything!

Check out the tips down below and learn how to run Windows programs on a Mac:

Index of this article

Step 1 – Download and install WineBottler

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Download and install WineBottler on your Mac. Open it up, since this is what we will use to run the .exe from Windows. Follow this link to download it!

To install correctly, drag the wine and the wine box icons to the Applications folder, just like in the image. After installing it, you will go through a setup for WineBottler. Just leave everything as default, since these will run your software.

Each Windows program has a different prest, or a different configuration to make Wine run it properly.

Step 2 – Install the Windows program

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Now it’s time to download the Windows programs you want to run on a Mac.

There are two ways to install software using WineBottler: one that’s entirely automatic directly via the start menu in the program, and one that’s a bit more technical, but not too hard.

We will teach you about both of them.

Easy way – installing directly from WineBottler

When opening up WineBottler after the initial setup, you’ll see a screen that looks like this one:

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

These are the Windows programs that are pre-configured for Wine to run on Mac. You just need to click and start installing. The app, if it is a free one, will be downloaded and installed on your Mac, already correctly configured by Wine. You might need to reboot your computer.

After these steps, the software will be installed and it will be ready to run!

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Advanced way – Installing a program from outside the list

In case the app you want to install is not one of the preset ones, it’s always possible to install it on your own to try out what you want.

In this case, you will need to have already downloaded the .exe Windows file and have it at hand.

  • Click Advanced and then Create Custom Prefixes;

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

  • Then, click Select File and choose the .exe for the Windows programs you want to run on Mac;
  • Finally, click Install and wait for the process to end. You’ll likely have to click a few times for the installation to finish, just like on Microsoft Windows.

If everything has gone right, the app will be installed and ready to be used!

Step 3 – Enjoy!

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

Yep, that’s it! Easy, wasn’t it?

It might seem incredible, but with these few short steps, you will have access to a wide array of Windows programs you can now run on your Mac. With WineBottler, you can run iconic software, such as Paint, Internet Explorer, Notepad, Pinball, and others,

It’s important to keep in mind that some of these programs might have compatibility issues, but you should still be able to use them regardless.

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In order to cross-platform test the websites I develop on my mac, I need to get versions of IE running. I’ve tried wine, and winebottler so far. I can get IE to run, but it cannot connect to the internet (or even localhost). So I only have IE5.2, which is total rubbish.
I don’t have a copy of windows, so VirtualBox is out, unless it can help me get IE going on Linux or something. Also, I need more than just snapshots, so browsershots.org etc. is out. Idiot instructions anybody?

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I just installed IE 7 8 and 9 with this tool: https://github.com/xdissent/ievms

It works great but it requires the newest version of virtual box to be installed. The git project it self is only one shell script The script downloads the official microsoft internet explorer test images which will work for 30 days. After downloading the files it extracts and converts the files so all you have to do is starting the vm you need.

if you have ssl and curl installed just run:

However this didn’t work for me so I had to download the file manually.

The password for ALL VMs is “Password1”.

How to install internet explorer on mac using winebottler

I haven’t tested it yet but it looks like they provide snapshots to reset the 30 days testing time:

A snapshot is automatically taken upon install, allowing rollback to the pristine virtual environment configuration. Anything can go wrong in Windows and rather than having to worry about maintaining a stable VM, you can simply revert to the clean snapshot to reset your VM to the initial state.