How to Test Versions of Internet Explorer on Mac OS X

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Testing various flavors of Internet Explorer is much easier now thanks to smart & giving coders.  The following instructions will allow you to install IE6/7/8/9 in different virtual machines so you can test each version of IE.  This is much better than BootCamp since (a) you can run this directly in Max OS X (no need for restarts) and (b) you can have multiple versions of browsers.

1 – Follow installation instructions here:

2 – Start VirtualBox and pick your virtual machine / version of IE to use

3 – Your host machine IP address is by default  So for example, if you’re running a rails app on your mac, you can connect to it in Internet Explorer via

The installation process if pretty long, but once its up and running its cake to get to debug on a particular version of IE.