How to Get Internet Explorer on a Mac

By Theon Weber

Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser had an actively maintained Mac edition until Internet Explorer 6. If you need to run IE on your Mac OS system to communicate better with others using IE or to access sites that run better on IE, you can either download the final version (5.2.3) of IE's abandoned Mac edition or install a simple Windows-environment emulator called WineBottler, which will allow you to install and run more recent versions of the browser.

Things You'll Need

  • Intel-based Mac (required for WineBottler only)

Internet Explorer 5

Step 1

Point your Web browser to the OldApps site linked in "Resources."

Step 2

Click the "Internet Explorer 5.2.3" link under the "Download" header. This will download a DMG package file to your computer.

Step 3

Double-click the downloaded DMG and follow the on-screen instructions to install Internet Explorer.

Later Versions

Step 1

Point your Web browser to the WineBottler site at winebottler.kronenberg.org. Click the picture of the box to download the application as a DMG file.

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded DMG and follow the on-screen instructions to install WineBottler.

Step 3

Double-click the WineBottler application in your Mac's "Applications" folder to run it, then click "Install Predefined Prefixes" in the left WineBottler pane. This will bring up a list of applications in the right pane, including various versions of Internet Explorer. You can type "internet explorer" into the Search box if you can't find it right away.

Step 4

Select an IE version to install. Some versions may still be unstable under WineBottler; these will be marked and aren't recommended for download. Unless you specifically need a newer version, you should install the last stable version.

Step 5

Click "Install" and follow the on-screen instructions to install IE on your Mac.