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General Discussion

In a Mac environment, how do you test your websites in IE??

Hi

One of the things I miss from a PC is the ease to test my websites in Internet Explorer

But with a Mac what tools do you use to test them in IE7, IE8 and so on??

Thanks

15 Answers

Dan Ridley
PLUS
Dan Ridley
Courses Plus Student 14,839 Points

Hey Aldo,

You can actually test your site in IE9, 8, and 7 by opening Safari and going to the Develop tab and hovering over User Agent and select on of the IE settings.

Hope this helps

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

The usual solution is either in a VM or using a web service like https://saucelabs.com/.

You might find this article of interest: Internet Explorer for Mac the Easy Way: Run IE 7, IE8, & IE9 Free in a Virtual Machine

Rick Yentzer
Rick Yentzer
5,885 Points

I highly recommend ModernIE. I run several Windows IE versions from IE7 to IE10 through Virtual Box.

Best of all, it's free.

kyle rees
kyle rees
1,480 Points

this post is in no way going to be helpfull but oh well

deepbreath

isn't running ie on mac like putting a jumbo slurpee inside your brand new Ferrari and complaing the cup holders to small

You're gonna want to use http://www.browserstack.com/

I use it and love it.

kyle rees
kyle rees
1,480 Points

is browser stack similar to browser shots?

At first glance of browser shots, they might function similarly. BrowserStack has a much better GUI it seems.

kyle rees
kyle rees
1,480 Points

is it basically you supply a url select browsers and wait 15 mins and they render off your site in the various browsers before sending you the screenshots if so then yeah there somewhat the same although browser shots puts you in a low demand queue which can take upto a hour to get your renders back if your not a premium member also you have to hit the renew button atleast every 45 mins or theyll expire you place in the queue and youll not get any more shots

That sounds awful. My time, and most other people's time is worth more than that. I'll pay the premium fee at BrowserStack any day over that.

kyle rees
kyle rees
1,480 Points

yeah it can kinda suck and im not gonna defend it the times can sometimes be better than 1 hour but often because of the way there system works youll get weird buggs like the web browser was minimized when the shot was taken or on one pc id seen that the last person to use the machine sent through a spam site and the browser had pop ups everywhere

John Locke
John Locke
15,479 Points

I've used both BrowserShots and BrowserStack, BrowserStack I prefer for the speed and versatility.

So, this is probably an obvious question: why has Apple designed their computers to be incompatible with IE?

kyle rees
kyle rees
1,480 Points

why not have you used ie lateley why go for all the effort of porting and making your system compatible with something thats terrible

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

BrowserStack and SauceLabs are the only online browser testing sites I would bother with.

This is possibly a bit too much, but I installed a Windows partition in my Mac with Bootcamp. As a bonus, install a .NET server so you have another excuse to have a Windows partition on your Mac.

thanks a lot for all the suggestions!