Install Internet Explorer on Ubuntu Dapper in 3 easy steps

As weird as this may sound, sometimes even Linux users need Internet Explorer – for example to check how they current web design looks in the good old IE, to browse an ‘IE only page’ (probably not as big problem as a few years ago though), or to log in to a legacy system for example. For some time I have thought this is possible only with Crossover Office (which is not not expensive, but still not free) until Gabor told me about a completely free, easy-to-install and working solution: IEs4Linux.

Paradoxically, IEs4Linux provides a functionality which is (AFAIK) not available to Windows users: It installs 3 versions of Internet Explorer: 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0.
Maybe the time has come for Win32 users to install Ubuntu so they can view their webdesign in all the currently used versions of IE? ;-)

So, now for the installation:

Check /etc/apt/sources.list – make sure you have access to the ‘universe’ packages by uncommenting the following lines:

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
  • Step 1 If you have just uncommented the lines, don’t forget to apply the changes:

    sudo apt-get update
  • Step 2 Install wine and cabextract:

    sudo apt-get install wine cabextract
  • Step 3 Install IEs4Linux:

    wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    tar -xzvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    cd ies4linux-x.y.z (where x.y.z is the actual version number)
    ./ies4linux

There you go. After specifying which versions you need, choosing a locale and a few minutes of installation you should have the links on your desktop.

Check out the original page for new versions, updates or to donate for this awesome stuff!

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60 thoughts on “Install Internet Explorer on Ubuntu Dapper in 3 easy steps

  1. Internet Explorer 8 is really good. This browser is very very stable and i have been using it for quite a while without blue screens or crashes.

  2. Internet Explorer 8 is really good. This browser is very very stable and i have been using it for quite a while without blue screens or crashes.

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