I need to install IE on my Mac

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
In order to use LearnDevNow on my Mac I am told I need IE 6 or later.

What's the latest version on the Mac?
Are there any problems with installing IE on the Mac?

I have OSX Lion.

Just wondering...

Question by:newbieweb
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    the best way is to install Vmware fusion and the install windows, then you also get explorer.

    The instructions below include free and legal virtualisation software and Windows disk images.

    Download some virtual machine software. The developer disk images we're going to use are will work with either VMWare Fusion or Sun Virtual Box. VMWare has more features but costs $80, Virtual Box on the other hand is more basic but is free for most users (see Virtual Box licensing FAQ for details).
    Download the IE developer disk images, which are free from Microsoft:
    Extract the disk images using cabextract which is available from MacPorts or as source code (Thanks to Clinton).
    Download from and put it in your /Applications folder (you will need it to convert the disk images into a format VMWare/Virtual Box can use)
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    I agree with the other expert that probably creating a Windows VM may be the "best" solution. Something else that might work is CrossOver from CodeWeavers.  It in effect virtualizes just a single app and usually IE is one that works. The main issue usually comes if the thing IE is trying to do spawns off some other thick client kind of thing, then many times CrossOver will fail. In those cases a VM is really the best way to go.
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    There is another option and that is using 'WineBottler' for IE.

    It will allow you to at least run IE 6.

    Author Comment

    I didn't realize installing IE was such a big deal. But I did intend to sometime soon install Windows 7 and Visual Sutio 2010 anyway, as I move to get rid of this old iron (HP Pavillion). It's fairly new and has a fast processor, but it's a battry hog. And I want my Macbook Pro to be  my only PC besides my work PC.

    'WineBottler sound neat, but I'd rather get a solid solution that gives me all the options I need.

    I would want to switch easily between running OSX and Windows 7, I presume. I would spend the $80 to make this process easier or quicker.

    What can you suggest?

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    newbieweb--Apple suggests BootCamp
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    Accepted Solution

    The problem with BootCamp (which is free) is that to use it, you have to reboot into Windows. Then if you want to do anything in the Mac OS, you have to quit Windows and reboot into OS X.

    The virtual solutions, like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, let you run Windows in a window inside the Mac OS so you can use both OS's at the same time and even cut and paste between them.


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