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IEs4Linux rendering the English Wikipedia with the Ubuntu operating system.
Original author(s)Tatanka
Initial releaseOctober 28, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-10-28)[1]
Stable release / February 6, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-02-06)
Operating systemLinux/FreeBSD (or any platform that wine supports) + Wine
PlatformLinux/Mac OS X
Available inMultilanguage
TypeWeb browser
Website (Defunct)

IEs4Linux is a free and open source script that allows a user to run Internet Explorer (IE) using Wine. It is possible to install Internet Explorer versions 5, 5.5, and 6, along with partial functionality of IE7 (the layout engine was loaded into the IE6 interface, which works well enough to demonstrate how the target page looks in IE7).

This application is oriented towards web developers: it allows users of non-Windows operating systems to view their web pages in a similar manner to how they look on Windows and user who need to use web applications targeted to IE users.[2]

There was a blog post on January 5, 2011 announcing that the developers are now working to support IE9 and will soon release a new version after almost three years of inactivity.[3]

Technical notes[edit]

Version does not work out-of-the-box on newer Wine and KDE versions. The solution is to create a symlink with

   sudo ln -sv /usr/bin/winecfg /usr/bin/wineprefixcreate

and then run ./ies4linux with the --no-gui command line option.[4]


As the development of IEs4Linux still has been inactive since 2008,[5] there is some probability of discontinuation.[6]

Further reading[edit]

  • David Pendell (September 18, 2008) IEs4Linux lets you install Internet Explorer under Linux,
  • Fernando Cassia, (September 26, 2006) "IE for Linux" hack offers one more reason not to boot Windows: First INQpressions Foolproof Wine installer script made in Brazil, The Inquirer
  • Rickford Grant, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook, 3rd ed., No Starch Press, 2008, ISBN 1-59327-180-8, p. 169

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Index of /ies4linux/downloads". IEs4Linux.
  2. ^ "Internet Explorer, Edge and other Browsers on Linux and Mac | Alura Cursos Online". Alura. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Supporting IE9 on Linux". IEs 4 Linux News. IEs4Linux. January 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "How to Install IEs4Linux under Wine in Ubuntu 12.04".
  5. ^ "IEs4Linux fixes blank screen bug". IEs 4 Linux News. IEs4Linux. February 6, 2008. : IEs4Linux was not mentioned on the blog since this article.
  6. ^ "Installing IEs4Linux on Ubuntu". : Note in the top says "I'm retiring this tutorial, because IEs4Linux appears to be no longer maintained."

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