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Installing IE 6 and IE 7 on Ubuntu

If you develop or design web sites, there is simply no getting around the suckfest that is IE. On Windows, it’s difficult enough to run concurrent copies of the turd. But what are you supposed to do on Linux?

As you might expect, there are a number of options out there, and it took me some time to sort through the chaff. But I’m pleased to say that I’ve found what appear to be solid solutions for getting both IE 6 and IE 7 installed on Ubuntu. Note that both solutions will require that you have WINE and our good friend cabextract. You can install both in the usual way:

sudo apt-get install wine
sudo apt-get install cabextract

Installing IE 6

ies4linux. Full stop. The setup is easier than most native Windows apps, and the best part is … it works!

Now, ies4linux has an option to install IE 7 too, and I really wish I could tell you that the IE 7 install worked. Unfortunately, while IE 7 was installed (err, after a fashion), I couldn’t actually connect to any sites. The app just hung. Strange. It might work for you, though, so you may as well give it a shot. But if not, then there is another option.

Installing IE 7

If you tried ies4linux and couldn’t get IE 7 working, then you can follow these instructions that I found on Don’t be intimidated by how long they are – the procedure is actually very straightforward. It just requires a lot of tedious manual configuration (my favorite kind). But the instructions are really clear and complete, and if you follow them, you will end up with a working copy of IE 7 on your Linux box. Yay!

Actually, that’s kind of a shitty reward for all the work. Scratch the enthusiasm.

Tip! You’ll need a few Windows DLLs to complete the install, so before getting started with the procedure, you might want to copy those guys over to your Linux box.


I’ve tried installing IE7 on mine but unfortunately it won’t work for me either. I’ll try checking and see if it works. Thanks for the information.

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