As Internet Explorer is a Windows application not designed for other operating systems, it's necessary to use workarounds to run it on Linux. There are two primary methods: using a Windows virtual machine or utilizing the wine application, which is specifically developed to run Windows programs on Linux.

ies4linux is a tool that simplifies the installation of Internet Explorer using wine. By following these steps, you can install Internet Explorer on Linux with ies4linux via the terminal.

Steps to install Internet Explorer on Linux:

  1. Open your preferred terminal application.
  2. Install wine and cabextract.
    $ sudo apt update && sudo apt install --assume-yes wine cabextract
  3. Download the installer script from ies4linux.
    $ wget
    --2019-08-27 16:08:05--
    Resolving (
    Connecting to (||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 332341 (325K) [application/gzip]
    Saving to: `ies4linux-latest.tar.gz'
    100%[======================================>] 332,341      277K/s   in 1.2s
    2019-08-27 16:08:07 (277 KB/s) - `ies4linux-latest.tar.gz' saved [332341/332341]
  4. Extract the downloaded script.
    $ tar -xf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
  5. Run the installer script and follow the provided instructions.
    $ ies4linux-*/ies4linux

    Other options for installer:

    $ ies4linux-*/ies4linux --full-help
    Usage: ./ies4linux [OPTIONS]
    This script downloads and automatically installs multiple versions of
    Microsoft Internet Explorer on Wine.
    Without any option, IEs4Linux will:
    - install IE6
    - install Adobe Flash 9
    - create icons on Desktop and Menu
    - use folder: /home/user/.ies4linux
    You can configure other things:
    --install-ie55         Install IE5.5 in BASEDIR/ie55/
    --install-ie5          Install IE5 in BASEDIR/ie5/
    --install-corefonts    Install MS Core Fonts (
    --no-flash             Don't install Adobe Flash Player 9
    --no-ie6               Don't install IE 6
    --no-desktop-icon      Don't create an icon in Desktop
    --no-menu-icon         Don't insert icon on Menu
    --full-help            Display all possible options
    --locale LOCALE        The locale for the installation [EN-US]
    --wget-flags FLAGS     Extra flags for wget [-c ]
    --list-locales         Display all possible locales and exit
    --basedir BASEDIR      Base location for installs [/home/user/.ies4linux]
    --bindir BINDIR        Location of your bin folder [/home/user/bin]
    --downloaddir DLDIR    Where downloads will go [BASEDIR/downloads]
    Other options:
    --no-gui               Don't show gui, perform an automatic installation
    --gui gtk|kommander    Force use of a specific user interface
    --no-color             Don't show colors
    --debug                Run in DEBUG mode
    --help / -h            Display help with simple options
    Beta options:
    --beta-install-ie7    Install Internet Explorer 7 (BETA INSTALLER!)
    IEs4Linux can do other useful (?!) things:
    --install-ie1         Install IE 1.0
    --install-ie15        Install IE 1.5
    --install-ie2         Install IE 2.0
  6. Select the Internet Explorer versions you wish to install.
  7. Click Advanced to access and configure advanced options for the installer.
  8. To launch Internet Explorer, run the launch script from the ~/bin/ folder.
    $ ~/bin/ie6

    Depending on installed versions, available launch scripts are ie5 and ie7

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