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What Tools You Use to Test IE on Mac?

over 3 years ago from , @aspirethemes Founder & Developer :: @envato Author

I'm trying to install IE for testing on Mac, I found the the Microsoft Remote Desktop with Remote IE as a solution, but looks like the https://remote.modern.ie/ is down and no longer work. I'm curious what tools you guys use for this. Thanks

22 comments

  • Tyce Clee, over 3 years ago

    I use VirtualBox and the images from Microsoft -> https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/

    22 points
    • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, over 3 years ago

      I do exactly the same. I find it very realistic in terms of rendering. But if you want to do actual hardware & processing testing, well I think you need to build a device lab.

      0 points
    • Ahmad AjmiAhmad Ajmi, over 3 years ago

      Thanks Tyce! I think this is will give a real testing environment and currently downloading it ... I also discovered Parallels and I just downloaded as a quick alternative and looks great, easy to download different environments, .. screenshot

      0 points
    • Kramer _, over 3 years ago

      I'm really pleased with VirtualBox especially since you can use different virtual machines to test different IE's and different Windows. It's definitely a little slow downloading and booting up the VM.

      0 points
  • Fatih TuranFatih Turan, over 3 years ago

    BrowserStack.

    15 points
    • Eduard GiménezEduard Giménez, over 3 years ago

      BrowserStack is awesome!

      0 points
    • Joe BlauJoe Blau, over 3 years ago

      This looks awesome. I'm going to check this out.

      0 points
    • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, over 3 years ago

      Don't you find it slow?

      0 points
    • Ahmad AjmiAhmad Ajmi, over 3 years ago

      Thanks Faith! Looks like a great one, just trying it and looks like I always get an error message when selecting a browser ( Connection to the remote device failed. Please try again. ) I will try to get in touch with them.

      0 points
    • Zarino ZappiaZarino Zappia, over 3 years ago

      +1 for BrowserStack – especially for open source organisations. When we’ve had to contact support, they’ve been great, and they give the charity I work for (mysociety.org) a free account because pretty much all of our work is open source.

      1 point
  • Kyle DeckerKyle Decker, over 3 years ago

    Closed eyes and crossed fingers.

    14 points
  • Oykun YilmazOykun Yilmaz, over 3 years ago

    with an old windows laptop. no simulation beats actual testing

    2 points
    • Ahmad AjmiAhmad Ajmi, over 3 years ago

      I totally agree with you, this will be better testing and fixing issues quickly.

      1 point
    • James LaneJames Lane, over 3 years ago

      +1 for this. Emulation is ok, but you never know until you use the real thing, same with any device testing!

      0 points
  • Emil Edeholt, over 3 years ago

    Which IE versions do you test for these days? I try to use site specific usage stats, but usually that means IE11 and Edge.

    1 point
    • Zarino ZappiaZarino Zappia, 3 years ago

      On some of the sites my charity is responsible for, there are still non-negligible cohorts of IE8 and IE9 users. I usually end up testing in IE11, IE10 (usually no different to IE11), IE9, and, mostly out of curiosity, IE8.

      With something like BrowserStack, this sort of quick testing is actually much easier than when we used to faff around with local VMs.

      0 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 3 years ago

    I've used both Browserstack and VirtualBox. VirtualBox works well but comes with a bit of set up time and space on your hard drive. Browserstack comes with cost but is much quicker to get rolling.

    I'm not sure of any other realistic options other than having a auxilary Windows -based machine. I actually run MacOS on a PC I built. I can reboot and go into windows 10 to test but rarely do.

    1 point
  • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, over 3 years ago

    I'm currently using crossbrowsertesting.com, though Browserstack is better in my opinion.

    0 points
  • Ryan Snowden, over 3 years ago

    I use a server with multiple VM’s setup as Remote Desktop so people just need Remote Desktop installed. Outside of that, VMWare Fusion and local VM’s.

    0 points
  • Eric Lanehart, over 3 years ago

    I got a Surface Pro on Craigslist for $500 and connect it to my display that has a built-in KVM. It's tiny, portable, and just the right amount of slow!

    0 points