SÃ©rgio from IEs4Linux wrote to say that the latest beta has fixed the black-box image problem, and also has no WGA requirements - so I think it’s best that everyone moves over to using his installer, as mine was a once-off and probably won’t be maintained! Thanks for the interest shown by everyone!
You can find the latest betas on this page: IEs4Linux Latest News
To install IE7 with IEs4Linux use:
How to get IE 5.0, IE 5.5, IE 6.0 and IE 7.0 (release) running concurrently on Linux.
The following documents the relatively short process needed to get Internet Explorer 7 running on a Linux system. So far, I have found one (two) problems with this method: it seems transparent GIFs appear as filled-black boxes in IE7, and secondly (this is actually a good thing for me), this won’t give you the IE7 interface running in Linux, but rather the IE7 rendering engine inside the IE6 interface. What this means is that you won’t be seeing IE7 tabs or the RSS reader, but you will be able to debug webpages and fix layout problems.
Microsoft conditional comments do work, unlike the standalone version of IE on Windows, so you will be able to develop and test webpages across almost all major browsers (IE 5-7, Firefox, Opera) on one Linux box! Also note that we will avoid Microsoft’s Genuine Advantage download validation checks, so pure-Linux users will be able to finish the process without having to find a genuine Windows machine to download the IE7 setup file (the check is avoided legitimately, by the way).
First, install IE 6 (and optionally 5.5 + 5.0) using the excellent IEs 4 Linux installer. Consider donating to this project to say thanks!
Follow the instructions appropriate for your Linux distribution at http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Installation. You must at least install IE6; 5.0 and 5.5 are optional and up to you. I assume that you used the default installation path of
~/.ies4linux - if you didn’t, ensure that you use the correct directory in the upcoming steps.
Once you have finished following the instructions, you can test your IE6 installation by running the
I used a browser version check website (use Google, I don’t want to hotlink them) to test the currently installed browsers:
firefoxreports ‘Firefox 2.0′
ie6reports ‘MSIE 6.0′
Now for Internet Explorer 7:
To skip having to authenticate your copy of Windows at the Microsoft.com download site (since we’re on Linux and don’t have Windows…), make use of Google’s nicely customised IE7 installer; found at http://www.google.com/toolbar/ie7/. Download the file (
IE7Setup_G.exe) and save it to a temporary folder.
Now, make a complete copy of your currently installed IE6 installation:
cd ~/.ies4linux cp -r ie6/ ie7 sed ~/.ies4linux/bin/ie6 -e 's/ie6/ie7/g' > ~/.ies4linux/bin/ie7 chmod +x ~/.ies4linux/bin/ie7
Go to your
IE7Setup_G.exe download and use
cabextract which should be installed from earlier (IEs 4 Linux instructions).
cd ~/yourtempfolder cabextract IE7Setup_G.exe
ls -la shows:
15505200 Dec 7 21:21 IE7-Setup.exe
Extract necessary files:
cabextract IE7-Setup.exe for i in wininet iertutil shlwapi urlmon jscript vbscript \ ieframe mshtml mshtmled mshtmler advpack do chmod +x $i.dll cp $i.dll ~/.ies4linux/ie7/drive_c/windows/system/$i.dll done chmod +x inetcpl.cpl cp inetcpl.cpl ~/.ies4linux/ie7/drive_c/windows/system/
inetcplc.dll are needed, you can Google them, or use these links:
Unzip both files and copy them to
unzip normaliz.zip unzip inetcplc.zip cp normaliz.dll ~/.ies4linux/ie7/drive_c/windows/system cp inetcplc.dll ~/.ies4linux/ie7/drive_c/windows/system
IE 7 is now installed but will have view pane corruption unless you switch the Wine container to use Windows XP as the operating system:
At the bottom of the initial page, change ‘Windows’ option to ‘Windows XP’ and press OK.
Make a shortcut:
cd ~/bin ln -s ~/.ies4linux/bin/ie7 ie7
ie7 and using the previous browser test site results in:
ie7reports ‘MSIE 7.0′