If you have recently switched from Windows Computer to Mac, then you might have noticed that you are using Mac’s own in-built Safari browser instead of Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer.
In fact, after trying to download Internet Explorer for Mac, you realize that the exact version of Internet Explorer or its equivalent doesn’t exist for Mac. Although it is quite impossible to launch Internet Explorer on Mac, still there are various other ways to use Internet Explorer for Mac.
How to Get Internet Explorer for Mac?
As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are not available for Mac. But, for the developer who develops web or app-based technology, it is required to view how something is going to function and look on these web browsers.
So, it is essential especially when you have customers or users of web-based products. And to launch it without testing the user-experience across a range of browsers (including Internet Explorer), it could be detrimental.
You can mask Safari as different versions of Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. Or, you can also install a virtual machine or VirtualBox and then you will be able to use Internet Explorer on Mac.
Procedure 1: Using Safari Browser
You can get the Internet Explorer without downloading a security risk or using a Mac which is running Snow Leopard. Here are the steps you can follow to download Internet Explorer for Mac:
First of all, open the Safari browser. It can be used to test the browser-experience from other OS. Then, navigate to the Preferences tab. Afterward, tap on the Advanced button.
Tick the box that prompts ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’. Now, it will give you access to use the Developer Tools (known as the Develop menu in the menu bar of the Safari browser). The Develop menu is accessible from the toolbar of Safari. Next, navigate to the ‘User Agent’ section.
Now, you will be able to choose a number of Edge browser and Internet Explorer version to have on your Mac. It will give you the user-experience needed to test a new web-based product on those browsers.
Whatever the website is opened, will automatically refresh to mirror an Internet Explorer experience on Mac. Don’t forget to switch back to the Safari browser after visiting the website using the ‘User Agent’ option from the Develop menu.
If these steps fail to launch Internet Explorer on your Mac computer, then you can move on to the other ways described below.
Procedure 2: Using Virtual Machine
If you want to experience the Internet Explorer to the next level, then you can download a virtual machine to create a Microsoft environment on your Mac. Then, it will allow you to download Internet Explorer on the system.
Before going to perform the below steps, you have to confirm that the system is running at its peak performance and the memory is not cluttered with unwanted system junk.
To check this, you can follow the below steps:
- First, download CleanMyMac X (it is free).
- Afterward, install in on the system and navigate to the System Junk tab.
- Now, it will start to scan the system and will delete the junk files that take up space and slowing down the system.
How to Run Internet Explorer on a Virtual Machine?
Here, we are about to discuss some easy steps through which you can use for Internet Explorer as well as other Microsoft programs on a Mac computer.
- First of all, download the Virtual Machine software. There are so many Virtual Machine software on the internet. You can download any one of them.
- Afterward, visit the official website of Microsoft and download a Windows ISO file.
- Launch the Virtual Machine software.
- Tap on the ‘Create a new custom virtual machine while running the installation process”.
- Now, drag the Windows ISO file and drop it into the dialogue box.
- Next, tap on the Finish button and then open the Virtual Machine once again.
- Now, you can download Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer or other app or web-based Microsoft products on your Mac computer.
Once you complete your task, don’t forget to exit from the virtual machine and revert the system back to the initial state.
Procedure 3: Using VirtualBox
If the above procedure doesn’t help you to launch Internet Explorer for Mac, you can use VirtualBox as your last resort.
To do this, download the VirtualBox software and its .dmg file. Once you complete the installation process, run the VirtualBox manager and close it immediately.
It will allow the system to log some necessary information. Afterward, open the Terminal application on your Mac and then type one of the below commands that suits the version of Internet Explorer that you’d like to install.
Internet Explorer 11:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”11″ bash
Internet Explorer 10:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”10″ bash
Internet Explorer 9:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”9″ bash
Internet Explorer 8:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”8″ bash
Internet Explorer 7:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS=”7″ bash
After running one of the above commands, you will be able to use Internet Explorer on your Mac computer as expected.
These are the probable ways how you can use Internet Explorer on your Mac device. Hopefully, the above steps will help you to use Internet Explorer without any hassle. If you want to read more similar topics on Mac, you can follow our website regularly.