Monday, October 2nd, 2006

IEs 4 Linux: Internet Explorer 6, 5.5, 5 on Linux

Category: IE

Sérgio Luís Lopes Júnior has created IEs 4 Linux, a package that gives you Internet Explorer 6, 5.5, 5 on Linux, so you can test with those browsers in development.

How does it work?

IEs4Linux downloads localized IE6 CAB files from Microsoft site. Using cabextract we get all files needed and copy them to a special wine folder. Some MS updates are also downloaded.
To install IE5.5 or IE5, the base IE6 installation is copied and some specific dlls are replaced. Those files are obtained from Evolt Browser Archive.
To install Flash9, we download a CAB from Adobe, parse its inf file dynamically and install everything on top of each wine.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:35 am

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Cool !

What about IE 7 ?

Comment by ayk — October 2, 2006

That is quite an achievement! I’ve been running GNU/Linux in VMWare for the last 3 months primarily so that I could simultaneously test in IE and work in my preferred desktop environment. Of course, having suspend “work” is pretty nice too. But, I can’t wait to test it out.

Comment by Lindsey Simon — October 2, 2006

How about IEs 4 Windows Vista, as in IE6, 5.5 etc? When I upgrade to Vista which comes with IE7 I’ll still need to test my sites with IE6.

Comment by Sunday Ironfoot — October 2, 2006

I tried this “IE4 for Linux” ages ago now, and its not all that good. It is absolutely excellent in terms of how it installs, gets packages automatically, and configures itself for you. But ultimately, it doesnt behave EXACTLY the same as its Windows counterpart (im speaking about IE 6 here).

So unfortunately you cant rely on it as a true measure of how pages will behave in IE, which is a shame.

Comment by seb835 — October 3, 2006


as a web developer creating pages that are displayed accurately in the various render engines available is a tedious job. Furthermore not all browsers are present on GNU/Linux which is my favorite OS.

I just managed to bring up on Linux:

* Firefox (natively)
* Opera 9.2 (natively)
* Internet Explorer 6/7 (via ies4linux/wine that works just fine for me, see
* Safari Public Beta 3.0.1 (via wine, still buggy, see]

See for an screenshot.


Comment by Mirko Dietrich — June 14, 2007

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