How To Install The Internet Explorer On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to install the Internet Explorer (different versions) on Ubuntu 8.04 with IEs4Linux. Some users - especially web developers/designers need different versions of the Internet Explorer to test their pages.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Preliminary Note

For security reasons you should NOT use the Internet Explorer to surf the internet. Use it only for development - for example to test if the web page that you've created works/looks as expected within the Internet Explorer.


2 Needed Packages

Let's install some needed packages.

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract binfmt-support


3 Installation

tar xvfz ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd cd ies4linux-*

Next you'll see this window - select which versions of the Internet Explorer shall be installed, mark the corresponding checkbox if you want support for Flash (IE6 only) and choose if/where you want to have launchers. Click on "OK" to proceed. Please note that you can enable the installation of IE7 (experimental) in the advanced options.

The selected packages are being installed.

Finished - you can now close the window.


4 GNOME Launcher

On my system the menu entries were not created by the installer - so I had to create them manually. Right click on the GNOME menu and select "Edit Menus".

Click on "Programming" on the left side and afterwards on "New Item" on the right side. Insert a name, the command and optionally a comment for the new launcher. The executables for the IEs are located in your home directory (/home/%your_username%/bin/ie%version%). The path for the IE-icon is /home/%your_username%/.ies4linux/ies4linux.png. Create such a launcher for all IE versions that you've installed.


5 Access

The Internet Explorers are now available in the GNOME applications menu.


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By: Alex


/ies4linux --no-gui --install-corefonts --install-ie6 (or 5, 5.5)


IE7 didn't work. It installed fine, but none of the pages loaded.

IE6 worked, but it still asked me to install Flash; which I couldn't.  Yes, I did have the Flash option checked during installation.

By: Arjun

sorry it dint work ..

got an error saying 

/home/arjun/.ies4linux/downloads/ie6/EN-US/VGX.CAB: No such file or directory
 An error occured when trying to cabextract some files.

By: Anonymous

I had the same issue. Running the installer a second time appeared to fix the problem. IE6 is now up and running.

By: Anonymous

sorry for the writer.. hahaha .. wine wont do the emulating of explorer with all it i would say to the writer stop giving wrong instruction.. thats masacring our linux'... i failed installing lots of apps using wine.. i cant believe you posted shit like this... wow.. buy me pc instead of posting useless "knowledge", thats damn thing for dummies

By: Anonymous

Any decent linux user would already know that under wine things are not perfect and that they work only patchily most of the times. But of course half knowledge mad dogs like you can never know that because you are more eager to bite at the heels of a person who is trying to help others. Go get a life and start posting something useful/helpful. And by the way, learn some English grammar and spelling before posting in English.

As for the author, I appreciate your effort to provide a solution, even if it is only approximate. I am sure your post has helped several developers and even normal users who need IE for some purpose, be it developing webapps or just browsing a IE only website. Please ignore fools and mad dogs and continue the good work.

By: Pradhaban

Here is an updated tuts,

I hope this may work


Great write up! Just wanted to drop a note that

tar xvfz ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd cd ies4linux-*

 Should read

tar xvfz ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd ies4linux-*

By: Anonymous My job is web application development, so I have to test my projects under most popular browsers, like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Google Chrome. Firefox, Opera, GoogleChrome work great under my Ubuntu Box, and the other once work under Wine. *Internet Explorer*. It's pain to setup IE6 and IE7, because you can take a look of many bugs with render html and vml. Just forget Wine for the purpose! Microsoft give us FREE virtual PC images with IE6, IE7, IE8 aboard! Don't you believe?

By: Anonymous

What a piece of shit. Flash does not even install. Come up with something that works.

By: webmaster128


 thanks for the nice tutorial.

 There is al little missprint in "3 Installation":

  cd cd ies4linux-* => cd ies4linux-*



By: Thalitalathion

Hi Psycho,

I had the same problem before. I have fixed on my desk. Please get the last update for wine. Following the install instruction. Don´t forget the entry in your software location/ third party sources.

After the installation is finished, please put in your terminal :

sudo apt-get autoremove

After that, try the IE- installation again and follow the instruction. By the installation choose IE6 and if you like behind advanced IE7 and choose the desktop and menue option. The installation will be finished. Please remember your highlighted Installation path and add this on the application menue with "edit" as new item. I hope it will be work also on your installation. Bye4now

By: Psycho

"/home/jass/ies4linux- GtkWarning: gtk_text_layout_real_invalidate: assertion `layout->wrap_loop_count == 0' failed self.textbuffer.insert_with_tags(self.textbuffer.get_end_iter(), line, tag) python: ../../src/xcb_lock.c:33: _XCBUnlockDisplay: Assertion `xcb_get_request_sent(dpy->xcb->connection) == dpy->request' failed. ui/pygtk/ line 6: 6171 Aborted python "$IES4LINUX"/ui/pygtk/"


Iam getting the above error while installing IE in ubuntu 8.10. Please help me out to get rid of this..!!

By: mhinkle

Hello, I'm quite inexperienced with unix, linux, and the whole Ubuntu environment so I thought I would share how this worked for me. Instead of the above directions, I used this successfully:

•    sudo apt-get install wine cabextract binfmt-support
•    wget
•    tar xvfz ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
•    cd ies4linux-
•    ./ies4linux

I broke apart the commands because I needed a very step-by-step approach due to my inexperience and I wanted to share this with any other newbies...

Also, I would really love to find how to install newer versions of IE (7 or 8).


By: Anonymous

everything worked fine for me, but the problem is that, its saying the wine version is older one and needs to update to the latest version.

and saying that some cab files are missing

HHUPD.CAB & SETUPW95.CAB & VGX.CAB -- no such files or directories.

can anyone help me with this please. 

thanks in advance.


By: praveenmeduri

this is the error ..... The program '' received an X Window System error. This probably reflects a bug in the program. The error was 'BadIDChoice (invalid resource ID chosen for this connection)'. (Details: serial 7435 error_code 14 request_code 53 minor_code 0) (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously; that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it. To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)