IE Browser Testing on OSX

Browser testing in Internet Explorer can be a bit tricky since I do all my WordPress development work on a Mac- but I finally got a setup that works well.

virtualmachines

I’m using Virtual Box because it is free, rather easy to set up, and I could store all the disk images on an external drive (they take up too much space on my MacBook Air, 10GB a piece).

The disk images with Windows and Internet Explorer can be downloaded from Modern IE. I had to download some of the rar files multiple times because the zips were corrupted in the download (they’re large files)- but I eventually got a clean version. Disk images are available for IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11.

I also needed to download Virtual Box for OSX.

I use MAMP to run my local WordPress sites. In order to easily load those sites from the Windows Virtual Machine I needed to edit the host file.

That can be located on the Windows machine in:
C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Command click on the host file, view the security settings, and give your user access if needed. Then edit that file in notepad and add this line at the bottom:

10.0.2.2 localhost

After that, you should be all set.

IE Virtual Machine

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I'm a WordPress developer based in Austin, Texas. Follow my projects on GitHub, or more general WordPress ramblings as @devinsays on twitter.

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