Testing IE

Until now, every time I’ve had to test in IE I’ve made a new trial account over at browser stack.

Until now, every time I’ve had to test in IE I’ve made a new trial account over at browser stack. Whilst it’s a great service, a monthly plan is excessive for smaller studios who will only use it once or twice a month. A pain free solution I found on osxdaily.com, gives you access to all versions of IE at the cost of a few gigabytes and a little time.

First, download Virtual Box then open up Terminal and enter this line to install all versions of IE

curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | bash

Alternatively, for IE 7 only:

curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="7" bash

IE 8 only:

curl -s curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="8" bash

IE 9 only:

curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="9" bash

This will take a while depending on your internet connection, but once it’s done open up Virtual Box and you will have a virtual machine for each version of IE.

These versions of windows are all unregistered - once the 30 day trial period runs out, you can return to the snapshot that was automatically created on install.