Testing web pages in IE with ievms and VirtualBox on OS XEdit

  1. Grab VirtualBox (free, open source)
  2. Use ievms (free, open source) to set up a bunch of throwaway Windows XP/Windows 7 VMs with version of IE ranging from 6 through 11 (at the time of writing):

This will take up a huge amount of space; you can recover some of it after install with:

$ find ~/.ievms -type f ! -name "*.vmdk" -exec rm {} \;

The VMs you create will be able to access the network, or apps running on the host machine; you can access the latter on (ie. the default gateway reported by ipconfig in the Windows command prompt).

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