Running Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux

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IEs4Linux is the simpler way to have Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Linux (or any OS running Wine).

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IEs4Linux Installation in Ubuntu

You have to enable universe packages first. It is also recommended that you use the official winehq ubuntu package:

Open /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Uncomment following lines in your /etc/apt/sources.list and it may be different if you are in different country instead of UK

For Ubuntu Dapper Users

deb dapper universe
deb-src dapper universe

For Ubuntu Edgy Eft Users

deb edgy universe
deb-src edgy universe

Add WineHQ APT Repository


If you want to add source packages from the repository

Currently, wine only have i386 binary packages available. If you do not use an i386 architecture, or wish to compile the package in a special or optimized way, you can build the wine package using the source repository instead. To do this, add a source repository with one of the following:

For Ubuntu Dapper Users

deb dapper main
deb-src dapper main

For Ubuntu Edgy Eft Users

deb edgy main
deb-src edgy main

Close gedit and run an update to take your new Repository

sudo apt-get update

Install wine and cabextract

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract

Now you need to download IEs4Linux script from here


tar xzvf ies4linux-2.0.5.tar.gz

cd ies4linux-2.0.5

Once you are inside ies4linux-2.0.5 directory you need to run the following script to install internet explorer


This will install the internet explore in your machine.

To run IE you need to run the following command and it may be different for others this path at the end of installation it will give from where you want to run


You should see the Internet explorer opening

If try to run /root/bin/ie6 as root user you will get the following error messages so you need to run as user#/root/bin/ie6
fixme:actctx:CreateActCtxW stub!
err:imagelist:ImageList_ReplaceIcon no color!
err:imagelist:ImageList_ReplaceIcon no color!
err:imagelist:ImageList_ReplaceIcon no color!
err:imagelist:ImageList_ReplaceIcon no color!
Application tries to create a window, but no driver could be loaded.
Make sure that your X server is running and that $DISPLAY is set correctly.

If you want to check more information about this script check here

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34 Responses

  1. Terrymon says:

    Getting this to work with the Karmic version of Ubuntu is a problem but I got it to work… install latest wine and ies4linux but you will need to go into synaptic and completely remove the package “wine” afterwards and reinstall the one from the ubuntu repostitory as without it 100% cpu usage occurs as the new integration fixes are missing from the winehq release. IE now will install and run properly, tested on a compaq deskpro with intel pentium iii 586 processor with about 370MB of RAM. Also have quicken 2000 running smoothly on same box.

    ies4linux needs updated; banks no longer support ie6. and ie7 is still buggy…

  2. kdas says:

    Hey there… just wanted to ask you to please update above’s script with the version found here

    namely: please replace the version number by “-latest” – I just used yours and it didn’t work completely, leaving some nice leftovers on my system… :-/

  3. Peter says:

    it’s working with Lucid ! Thanks for this great stuff ! I will recommend this for my buddies.


  4. Amit says:

    I installed ies4linux on ubuntu 8.04. script ie6 got installed in $(HOME)/bin directory. When I run it first time, it worked nicely. But when I closed the browser window, I found that script at the command prompt did not exit. Even ctrl-C did not work. So I killed it. Next time I ran the script, nothing appeared. I see (using ps -aef) that wine is running iexplorer but nothing appears. My DISPLAY is correctly set. Help ?


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