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What's the easiest way to do IE6/Windows browser testing on a Mac?

Asked by ninechars (57points) March 14th, 2008

IEs4OSX doesn’t work for me and Browsercam is too expensive.

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jrpowell's avatar

I use this..

It is free and relatively fast.

ninechars's avatar

That’s pretty awesome, but in this particular case I need to see the entire page (the full scroll-height)

paulc's avatar

Install Parallels then install an instance of Windows. That’s how the HTML/CSS guys where I work do it.

Breefield's avatar


That’s how I do it too, it’s just the most reliable way to do it because it’s the real IE6 youre using, not something else. Just…if you’re going to develope for crap develop for the right / real crap…

cwilbur's avatar

Parallels or VMWare Fusion or Boot Camp or Sun’s new free virtualization software, and a copy of real live Microsoft Windows.

It’s the only way to be sure.

ninechars's avatar

yeah, IEs4OSX always locks up for me in X11, and of course it’s slow as hell and not native Windows. I guess that parallels is the way to go.

richardhenry's avatar

You can use ies4osx ( to do this, which runs the applications ‘natively’ through a Darwine (what is best described as a Windows emulator for the Mac). I say ‘natively’, as the applications run in horrible X11. But the page displays just as it would on a PC, which is good enough for me considering how little often you have to launch it.

Rachelskirts's avatar does a fairly decent job of showing you the whole page, but the load time can be a bit ridiculous. Still, it’s handy for seeing a good number of older and lesser-known browsers.

fuzzyjay's avatar

Another trick with is to only choose the browsers you wish to test, not the default settings. It will decrease the load time quite a bit.

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