7 Ways to Test Your Website on Internet Explorer on a Mac Device
Working on a Mac device is all fun and games until you get into some hardcore development and need to check out how your application looks on Internet Explorer. Being a web designer, front-end developer, or even a member of the software testing and quality assurance team, you are likely to own a Mac and use it for almost all of your applications. After all, it is quite popular in the community of developers and has a loyal fanbase.
However, let us face the fact that a significant number of your clients are using Windows, or even Linux. On top of that, a fraction of them may still be in love with Internet Explorer and refuse to switch to Chrome or Firefox. You cannot just ruin the reputation of your product and let it take a bashing from Internet Explorer fans for not working well in their environment! Here is where the need to test your application for cross-browser compatibility comes in.
Being a Mac user, you cannot just go to your search bar and type "Internet Explorer." You need to find a way to test your website on IE. Keeping that in mind, we have brought you the top seven ways to accomplish the task and live a happy life!
1. Remote IE Remote IE is an amazing tool launched by Microsoft. It runs on literally any platform and lets you test your website or application on Internet Explorer even if the device or platform you are using does not run IE. It lets you use a virtual machine on the Microsoft cloud to run Internet Explorer on your local machine using a remote desktop application. This results in Internet Explorer running on your Mac OS X exactly like a native app window. The catch is that the actual IE instance is running on a Windows server in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
What you see on your Mac device is a remote view. Nothing happens on your machine — all the real action happens on the server. The entire process of connecting to the cloud-based virtual machine has been extremely simplified by Microsoft. It provides a connection method called Microsoft RemoteApp in its Mac OS X Microsoft Remote Desktop application. You can find it in the Mac application store here.
2. Cross-Browser Testing Tools To make your life easier, a lot of online cross-browser testing tools are available. These amazing platforms are a real lifesaver. LambdaTest, for instance, lets you perform real-time testing of your webpage or application to make sure that it works well irrespective of the platform being used by the user. If you cannot access a particular browser, like Mac users cannot access IE, tools like LambdaTest come in handy. It provides you with auto-generated full-page screenshots of your web application using the screenshot feature and lets you test the responsiveness of your website across as many as 44 devices!
3. Oracle VM Virtual Box VirtualBox, developed by Oracle, is a free-to-use tool that allows you to run a variety of operating systems. It sets up a virtual environment on your device and supports the applications or programs which are not compatible with the platform as such.
You can easily install Oracle VM Virtualbox on your device and run Internet Explorer in it. Download the VirtualBox software along with its extension pack and install the software .dmg file followed by running the VirtualBox manager. You need to immediately close it after running it. This will let your system log some necessary information.
Now open your Mac’s Terminal app and paste the relevant command which matches the version of Internet Explorer you want to use. You can easily find the relevant commands over here. As the file gets downloaded completely, run the virtual machine. Install the updates (if any) and turn on automatic updates (if you want to). The Windows desktop will be presented to you along with the version of Internet Explorer. You are all set to work with Internet Explorer on your Mac device now.
4. WineBottler For Mac WineBottler is a software that lets you run a lot of Windows-based programs on your Mac device. It does not require you to boot multiple operating systems, nor do you need to spend a large sum on an expensive Windows license. Download the software here and install it in the usual way. Internet Explorer is offered by default. They will give you an option to download it on the page that you see when you run WineBottler for the first time. The latest available version is Internet Explorer 8. Select, install and save it. As the process is completed, launch the application and you are all set to go!