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 dapper universe
deb-src 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:

    tar -xzvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    cd ies4linux-x.y.z (where x.y.z is the actual version number)

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. do we have always the same needs??? I’ve just installed it yesterday…. 😉

  2. mmm let me think… today I’m looking for a good html/css editor for ubuntu and I’m testing cssed, screem, nvu and bluefish. And if I’ll not be happy with them I’l try to install dreaweaver with wine.
    I’m happy telling you what you’ll need next days 😉

  3. Well, I started to research these topics a hundred times, but since I never got anywhere, I did it with vim 😉
    btw do you have a blog? Can you post a review there about these stuff? Or send me a mail? I would be really thankful…

  4. I started to research these topics a hundred times
    only hundred? I did it hundred with windows, hundred with kde, hundred with gnome, ….
    I did it with vim
    I’m vim addicted too 🙂 but yesterday I started a website based on css and I need to explain to a graphic designer how to use css/html but vim, as you can image, is not very user-friendly and easy. So I’m looking for an easier tool (first impression = cssed)
    btw do you have a blog?
    last week I got my domain on dreamhost with the intention to start a new blog but I’m lazy now. In theory I would like to blog about ubuntu + rails

    Anyway if I’ll find any good editor I’ll tell you 😉

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  7. Thank you for the tip! I’ll be sure to come back here when I need it.
    BTW, there is a way to install IE multiple times on windows, which essentially consist of uncompressing the files manually (without going through the installer, add a file called IEXPLORE.exe.local, and remove 2 dlls.
    See for full details.
    It works all the way to IE3 and up to IE 7 (although I had problems with the latest beta).

  8. Stefano,

    This very site is hosted on dream, too, and as you have surely seen WP has a nice one-click install interface, so to begin blogging takes about 5 mins 😉 (Well, if you are OK with a pre-made theme etc)

    Anyway, be sure to leave me a comment or send me your blog address if it will be ready!

  9. Pascal,

    Thanks for the tip. Personally I don’t think so I will ever go back to Windows, but since according to the statistics, 70% of my readers are Windows users (strange for a blog geared towards ubuntu 😉 – even if ubuntu is not my main topic), it may surely help someone here.

  10. You should add a “sudo apt-get update” to the instrucctions after editing the “/etc/apt/sources.list” or apt will throw a “Package wine is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source …”

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  15. wow, thank you so much for the tip
    i am intalling IE6 right now as we speak
    (my sister’s been complaining to me about not having IE on Ubuntu, I am perfectly happy with Firefox or Opera)
    Thank you!!

  16. I think there is an error in your code – there should not be a hyphen “-” in the tar command making it so:

    tar xzvf ies4linux-2.0beta7.tar.gz

    I’m just doing the install now, can’t wait. Once I find out how to get Microsoft Autoroute running under Ubuntu, my laptop can be entirely windows-free!

  17. thanx 4 guiding install of ie in ubuntu.

    can you please guide me how to install A9CAD in ubuntu. for yr info. A9CAD is free alternative to AUTOCAD but is only available for windows.


  18. heyas all.
    my 40 gig drive is going to good use now. I have installed UBUNTU and have ordered KUBUNTU.
    I dont know how to install the driver for my ati radeon 9600xt.
    Actually i dont know if i am meant to be downloading and installing XFREE86 or the XORG version of the driver. I am downloading them both but i dont know how to do anything in Linux really.
    I dont know where I am meant to set up my modem or set up a net account. (no INETWIZ.EXE)
    So yeah, can someone help me out with getting my ATI driver installed?
    and does anyone know of a good long PDF file i can read and wrap my brain around.
    I’m still a Windows user, but I want to use Linux as much as possible.
    Thanks. 🙂

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  20. Nice little howto…

    good css/html editor…it’s huge…but a properly configured Eclipse will do you wonders.
    and has nifty plugin’s for auto-completing attributes of css and html tags

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  22. Well, just for the sheer insanity of it, I tried the following (and it worked).

    1) Installed Paralells on Mac OS X
    2) Installled Ubuntu on Paralells
    3) Followed the above instructions

    As a result, I boot a Mac to run Ubuntu in order to view websites in Windows Internet Explorer… Something seems not quite right with this image

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  24. “functionality which is (AFAIK) not available to Windows users: It installs 3 versions of Internet Explorer: 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0.”

    Another alternative is to get the free vmware client and download the multibrowser appliance (using bittorrent):

    Giving you the following browsers for compatibility testing, all in one image:

    * Microsoft® Internet Explorer (emulated with WINE) - Versions 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0
    * Mozilla Firefox (including the Web Developer toolbar) - Version
    * Opera - Version 8.54
    * Konqueror - Version 3.5.0
    * Lynx - Version 2.8.5
    * ELinks - Version 0.10.4
  25. 很好,我非常喜欢UBUNTU,也非常喜欢设计网页,不知道什么时候才可以用到LINUX下非常棒的像DREAMWEVER一样的网页设计软件~~谢谢啦。

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  28. Hey Octoberdan,

    Thanks for the tips! As you can see I have updated the document accordingly.

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