How To Install Microsoft Internet Explorer on Linux in Two Easy Steps

I am not a big fan of Internet Explorer but sometime you need Internet Explorer on Linux for:

=> Testing purpose (web developers)

=> To see IE only sites (many sites still only works with IE for example my bank site and few essential government site)

You need to use Wine to run IE. But there is a small collection of shell script exists which makes your life quite easy. It is called Ies4linux.

IEs4Linux is the simpler way to have Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Linux (or any OS running Wine).

No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you’ll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it’s free and open source.

Install Internet Explorer under Linux

Open terminal and type the following commands:
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
$ cd ies4linux-*
$ ./ies4linux

Just follow on screen installations. Once installed type the following command to start IE6:
$ ~/bin/ie6

Fig.01: Internet Explorer in action under Linux

Download IEs4Linux

Visit project home page to grab latest version.

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75 comments… add one
  • Emil Sep 24, 2014 @ 10:42

    Use this command : ./ies4linux –no-gui
    and not have any problem .

  • Prashant Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:33

    hi , i am using Ubuntu 13.04 i need Internet Explorer 8.
    i am install wine then install PlayOnLinux after start install IE8 its download SP3 and its size is very high , can any body help me to install IE8 manually step by step

  • Juan Jan 6, 2014 @ 10:11

    I installed ies4linux successfully (as root) but I will take care of that part later. However, I received an error/bug message. No one else reported it so I’ll post. Hopefully someone can help me.

    Linux Distro: BT5r3 Ubuntu LTS

    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 6095 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.)

  • Chris Walter Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:48

    If you need Internet explorer for some sites or web development testing, you are better off setting your machine up to dual boot between windows and Linux. That way IE is running in its true environment, and you can easily stay up to date. I appreciate that not everyone will have the disc space or the no how to do it, but in my opinion it’s the best option. Also it gives you the ability to have other windows software that you can’t find a suitable Linux alternative for.

  • joseph Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:21

    Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  • David Addison Nov 14, 2012 @ 14:35

    My problem with Linux is that I end up spending way too much time trying to get it to work and to install applications. Some applications need CentOS, some need Ubuntu, some need Debian in order to compile properly. My time is worth way more than the cost of an OS.

    I’m running Windows 7, Windows 8, CentOS, and Debian – Windows 8 is actually my favorite because it’s super easy to install and run an app from the Store *and* it is the FASTEST booting OS on a PC or Mac.

    Linux is like getting a free puppy – it’s cute and all at first, but there’s a lot more cost and maintenance than you think.

  • steve Nov 2, 2012 @ 14:46

    The problem Linux has is that it is still the OS of choice of the nerd, and still aims at that market (All distros).
    With the emergence of Windows 8, the community has an ideal chance to snatch a lot of windows users, now watch it fail.
    While distros are produced that dont work straight out of the tin (My Ubuntu wouldnt network with windows machines, then when I installed Nvidia display drivers the desktop would not start), the average userthat doesnt know anything about computers is going to steer clear.
    Its not as if the developers havent had long enough to sort these things out….

    • James Dec 2, 2012 @ 0:54

      Installing windows 8 on my touch screen PC (It’s an HP that came with Win7) the video drivers for it are no good. To install windows 8 I had to put the hard drive in a different computer, install windows 8, load the most basic, one-size-fits-all windows display driver and then place the hard drive back into my touch screen system. The latest version of Ubuntu installed on my laptop, put in CD and turn computer on, follow instructions…WIN! Windows strives for user-friendly, but it doesn’t always succeed. I had some very serious issues adding a Mac to the network in the office I used to work in (so serious that I never succeeded in connecting the machine to the network), but my linux machines and windows machines were plug-and-play. Maybe it was because I develop windows/linux software and my knowledge of Mac is Steve Jobs, over-priced, good for graphics software and doesn’t run on Windows. Perhaps it was a problem with the system, but no matter what it didn’t work and that’s a strike on the user friendly part. I’ll agree that windows and mac are ahead of the game on user-friendly with Linux gaining by leaps and bounds, but Windows and Mac are not bullet proof.

  • Carlos Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:32

    @Fred, Linux doesn’t suck. It is a very useful tool. Would I use it as my main operating system at home for everyday stuff. Absolutely not. Microsoft and Apple have taken the need to go to the command line completely out of the equation unless you’re performing some really advanced task. Stuff like installing programs is seamless in windows/mac. Linux is getting better but there are still a lot of linux programs that you have to compile yourself in order to install and that’s not user friendly. That being said, you’re trying to install a windows based product on a different operating system so you have to be ready to perform some advanced maneuvers to get that done. To say linux sucks because you have to jump through hoops to get a windows program installed is not good form.

  • Fred Oct 25, 2012 @ 3:05

    Lets face it. LINUX SUCKS. My neighbor had to put it on this machine. Have to write it’s commands?? TERRIBLE!!

    • Allen Nov 14, 2012 @ 17:15

      Ill informed, around 60% of webservers run linux.

    • James Dec 2, 2012 @ 1:16

      You should really consider actually learning what linux is before you start proclaiming its inadequacy. Linux does not support all the software that is available for windows and mac, though there are a lot of alternatives available on linux, so it isn’t the preferred desktop of the average home user. Linux is, however, a very powerful desktop OS that comes in many flavors. It may not be for everyone, but it definitely isn’t some command-line only OS built for nerds in their mother’s basement.

  • Tuxpert Feb 22, 2012 @ 5:08

    Hi guys,

    Installing IE via PlayOnLinux is a piece of cake. PlayOnLinux should be on your distro’s repos, otherwise just google it. It does install winehq though.

    A much heavier solution is to run Windows in a virtual machine => see VirtualBox, an open source version of VMWare. In the repos too.

    The whole goal of wine is to avoid the installation of a complex virtual machine which will eat a lot of your ressources (RAM, CPU, HDD…), for the little windows programs which don’t need such ‘system infrastructure’ so to speak.

    How to install those awesome apps, just go to your Synaptic Package Manager or their respective website.

    Hope it helps.

    Btw, why don’t you like wine? It never cause me any problems, since 10 years of intence use, and it has been very helpfull.

    • Saman Feb 22, 2012 @ 19:33

      You’re right, but I had used PlayOnLinux former, and VMWare too…
      I had looking for another way to use IE directly [that I didn’t found it]…
      Thanks 4 ur response anyway…

  • Saman Tafi Feb 20, 2012 @ 21:12

    Hi… I exactly have the Marc’s Problem (“You need to install wine first!
    Download it here:“) 😀
    I dislike IE but I need it 4 opening my university’s page… And I don’t wanna install wine at all… What I have to do???!!! Can u help me?!

    Thank u,

  • Marc Sep 29, 2011 @ 19:50

    I have experience similar error “You need to install wine first!
    Download it here:” .
    I thought the whole idea was to avoid installing Winehq.

    Hopefully we can clarify!


  • kaydee Jun 30, 2011 @ 6:34

    i’m quite new to linux. trying to load internet explorer. i have run the following command
    $ wget
    $ tar -zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    $ cd ies4linux-*
    $ ./ies4linux
    but its now asking for “YOU NEED TO INSTALL WINE FIRST”
    please help me.’
    thanks and regards

  • zary Jun 19, 2011 @ 6:25

    i want internet explorer for asus laptop

  • jogi Jun 13, 2011 @ 17:29

    Have problem: I install 2 times, and it telling – finish-ok. But cannot start ie6, whereis/cnf/whatis donnot find ie6…

    i change path to /home/local
    (my /home are acctually nfs shares, but /home/local is my local disk)
    any help?


  • thunder and lightning Mar 12, 2011 @ 7:22

    oh one more thing my wine is 1.2.2 ubuntu lucid… thanks

    • Nix4ever May 25, 2011 @ 7:14


      If you want Internet Explorer under Linux like me as a web developer, install PlayOnLinux (just Google it) and then go in the Category ‘Internet’=>’Internet Explorer’ == DONE. and enjoy a lot more Windows app than just IEs4Linux…

      The SOLUTION’S CALLED : PlayOnLinux

      • Tony Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:33

        Agree – tried both, PlayonLinux is much easier. I think this one is defunct for current versions of Wine.

  • thunder and lightning Mar 12, 2011 @ 6:44

    i try to instal IEs4Linux but when i type ./ies4linux it keep saying =
    IEs4Linux 2 is developed to be used with recent Wine versions (0.9.x). It seems that you are using an old version. It’s recommended that you update your wine to the latest version (Go to:

    ihave tried –no-gui but it didn’t work

    what have go wrong

  • Steve Dec 1, 2010 @ 5:42

    I think this is another one of those misleading tech tips on the web. This

    “No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you’ll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it’s free and open source.” is mainly bull.

    First you really need Wine for this to work. So I suggest that you refrain from posting tips unless you know what you are writing about so that you don’t waste people’s time.

  • C.J. Nov 28, 2010 @ 4:28

    Im having issues, it tells me I need to update the WINE edition I’m using, how do I do that? I’m also up to the Last, Launch Command thing, and I don’t understand that either, Please do a bit more explanation here on how to update WINE their site isn’t that helpful.

  • Cyndi Oct 29, 2010 @ 23:45

    I tried to add IE to my terminal or whatever & it didn’t work… It said something about “command not found” I need IE to view my bank summary, etc…. Could someone help me PLEASE 😉

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