How To Install Internet Explorer On Ubuntu (Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft And Dapper Drake)

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 04/11/2007

This guide shows how to install three different Internet Explorer versions (6.0, 5.5, and 5.0) on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft and Dapper Drake desktops. This is good for people such as web designers who have switched to Linux but still need to test their web sites in Internet Explorer. In addition to that, there are still a few web sites out there that work only in Internet Explorer.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

There's a package called IEs4Linux that provides an easy way to install three Internet Explorer versions on your Linux desktop. I will show how to use that package in this tutorial.

However, you should read this page: before you proceed. IEs4Linux is GPL software, but Internet Explorer is not, it's proprietary software with its own license. If you want to install Internet Explorer on your Linux desktop, you must have a valid Microsoft Windows license, otherwise installing Internet Explorer is illegal.

Also, you should accept the Adobe Flash EULA as IEs4Linux also installs Adobe Flash.

Make sure you are logged in as a normal user (i.e., not root) on your Ubuntu desktop (my username in this tutorial is falko). Open a terminal to run the commands that are described in this tutorial.


2 Modify /etc/apt/sources.list

In order to install IEs4Linux, we must modify /etc/apt/sources.list.


2.1 Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, we must have the lines deb feisty universe and deb edgy main (yes, edgy is correct because that repository doesn't have packages for Feisty yet, but fortunately the Edgy packages work on Feisty, too) in /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

deb feisty universe
deb edgy main

Then run

sudo apt-get update

to update the package database.


2.2 Ubuntu Edgy Eft

On Ubuntu Edgy Eft, we must have the lines deb edgy universe and deb edgy main in /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

deb edgy universe
deb edgy main

Then run

sudo apt-get update

to update the package database.


2.3 Ubuntu Dapper Drake

On Ubuntu Dapper Drake, we must have the lines deb dapper universe and deb dapper main in /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

deb dapper universe
deb dapper main

Then run

sudo apt-get update

to update the package database.


3 Install wine And cabextract

Next we must install the packages wine and cabextract like this:

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract

If you are asked Install these packages without verification [y/N]?, answer y:

root@falko-desktop:~# sudo apt-get install wine cabextract
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
cabextract is already the newest version.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 90 not upgraded.
Need to get 9476kB of archives.
After unpacking 44.4MB of additional disk space will be used.
WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
Install these packages without verification [y/N]?
<-- y

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From: at: 2007-06-14 18:18:58

Hello, as a web developer creating pages that are displayed accurately in the various render engines available is a tedious job. Furthermore not all browsers are present on GNU/Linux which is my favorite OS. I just managed to bring up on Linux:

See for a screenshot.


From: at: 2007-08-01 17:36:33

I tried to install a windows program in Linux and was told I Needed Explorer. I found all the help I needed in the How-To's. The install of Explorer 6 went flawlessly.

Thanks Falco 

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-08 09:29:44


       Thank you, it is very useful

From: Biku at: 2008-12-17 18:06:58

Thanks man your advice was very useful to me. I had problem on some site's because i was using Mozilla Firefox 3 & i wanted IE from windows.


Just for the record i'm not trying to make a windows look'a'like from my UBUNTU . I hate windows >:))

From: Lucas at: 2009-03-20 19:15:30

Thank you,

Before, i used the Virtual Box to work, because the system call web does not open in Firefox. Now with your solution is not more accurate.

From: pablosz at: 2010-02-05 10:05:15

I get this when I try to install ies4linux:

Gtk:ERROR:/build/buildd/gtk+2.0-2.18.3/gtk/gtktextview.c:3535:gtk_text_view_validate_onscreen: assertion failed: (text_view->onscreen_validated)
ui/pygtk/ line 6:  2794 Aborted                 python "$IES4LINUX"/ui/pygtk/

 Can anyone help?


From: Fabiola at: 2010-04-26 20:36:50

You can try this: ./ies4linux --no-gui

From: jhon at: 2011-01-21 07:47:57

The above mentioned commands worked but I run into a issue.  After launching IE, it automatically closes after few seconds.  Any solution for this.  Advance thanks.

From: Skeetch at: 2012-05-16 14:28:12

Nice tutorial. Thank you.

 Although there's a step that for me it's important to proceed with the instalation.

When the window "configurando ttf-mscorefonts-installer" apears it's necessary to go to the end of page and press tab until <OK> turns red, then just press enter to proceed.