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Internet Explorer

Version 5.2.3

Microsoft Web browser for Mac OS X.

Internet Explorer overview

Note: Internet Explorer X is no longer under development and is a piece of legacy software.

Tired of Safari? Well, you are in luck then because you can now download Internet Explorer for Mac! This might seem a little counterintuitive at first because Mac users would never need to use Microsoft’s previous flagship browser, right? 

This is certainly true for new websites, especially those that need a modern web browser and modern security features, but sometimes an older browser is necessary. For this reason, you can now download Internet Explorer for Mac OS X, and it's free.

There are legacy websites that still use Flash and Java, so Internet Explorer still has a target audience of websites that it can be used with. Mac Internet Explorer works just as you would expect, and it does a good job at rendering websites and basic navigation.

Can you download Internet Explorer on a Mac?

You can still download Internet Explorer on a Mac through Microsoft's ModernIE service. This is aimed at developers that wish to test features in older browsers, but there’s nothing stopping you from running it as a user. Microsoft Edge is the successor of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer Versions

There are currently 4 different versions of Internet Explorer available from the Microsoft Developer website. These are Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11.

Virtualization Formats Available

Your choice here will depend on your preferred virtualization platform. Microsoft has created virtual machines for VMWare, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Hyper V, and of course, Parallels. Mac users will probably be most familiar with Parallels as it offers seamless integration with MacOS.

Compatibility

Because there is no native Mac OS support for Internet Explorer there needs to be an intermediate layer between the OS and Internet Explorer. This is why virtual machines are used as a way to overcome the lack of active development for the Operating System.

Features

Internet Explorer 11 is the highest version that you can run with this particular solution, and it seems to run flawlessly. Opening web pages to test glitches and errors is very easy thanks to the familiar layout of Internet Explorer.

What’s new in version 5.2.3

Updated on Oct 16 2019

Version 5.2.3:
  • Internet Explorer Version 11
  • Legacy Support for Older Websites
  • Private Browsing
  • Reading Mode
  • Download Resume Function
  • Enhanced Error Reporting

FAQ

Can you download Internet Explorer on Mac?
There are several options that will allow you to run Microsoft Internet Explorer on your Mac, but not many that take the virtualization route and allow it to run so easily. There are also older projects that you can try out, but this seems to be the most practical way to do it.
Can you use Internet Explorer on Mac?
Yes, you can. However, there is no active development on the older native installers for Mac OS. This is largely due to the fact that Apple developed its own browser which is still being used by Apple users by default, which is called Safari.
How do you install Internet Explorer on a Mac computer?
At present the best way to install Internet Explorer on a Mac computer is to use a tool such as zip64 and then extract the installation file from the Microsoft download. Once it is installed then you will need to extract the data from the downloaded archive.
What is the latest version of Internet Explorer for Mac?
The latest available version through this method is Internet Explorer version 11, although there is also a Microsoft Edge virtual machine that can also be downloaded and installed if you need something a little more modern and without too much extra work.
Is Safari the same as Internet Explorer?
No, it is not the same. Internet Explorer no longer has active development, so it lacks many of the modern features that Safari has. Internet Explorer works well in this kind of deployment so users can enjoy an Internet Explorer browsing experience on a Mac.

Information

License

Free

Size

7.1 MB

Downloads

96473

App requirements

  • PPC 32
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Oct 16 2019
5.2.3
1.0
Oct 16 2019
1.0
Version: 5.2.3
Maybe there is some compelling reason to use this old thing? But Microsoft themselves suggest NOT using Internet Explorer ever. It's got a lot of known security holes. It doesn't render modern web code. Microsoft even gave up on its successor 'Edge' and replaced their rendering engine with Chromium's (Google Chrome, etc.). IOW: Avoid this.
hemantarya116
hemantarya116
Feb 10 2016
5.2.3
3.5
Feb 10 2016
3.5
Version: 5.2.3
You can use Internet Explorer on yourac free of cost. You just need to download a software named as winebottler. For more information just check it out here http://teensubway.com/internet-explorer-on-mac/
MacHow2-Com
MacHow2-Com
May 5 2013
5.2.3
2.5
May 5 2013
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
If you still need IE for Mac, download this modified version for Lion and Mountain Lion: http://machow2.com/download-internet-explorer-for-mac/ It works on the latest Macs including all Intel Macs. It installs instantly without having to setup a virtual machine so anyone should be able to install it easily.
rrb1952
rrb1952
Oct 31 2012
5.2.3
1.0
Oct 31 2012
1.0
Version: 5.2.3
This crap I just downloaded is asking me to BUY it! Is this NUTS or is this N-U-T-S!??
Jobby
Jobby
Apr 6 2009
5.2.3
0.0
Apr 6 2009
0.0
Version: 5.2.3
How odd. The macupdate.com RSS feed's just shown there's a new version of Internet Explorer, but coming to this page shows that there isn't. Hopefully all the Microsoft folks are busy getting macro support back into Office :)
G4ff3r
G4ff3r
Nov 1 2007
5.2.3
1.0
Nov 1 2007
1.0
Version: 5.2.3
Why use this at all? You may be under the impression that by viewing sites using ie5mac, you're viewing them as windows IE viewers are. You're not. IE for windows (ALL versions) uses a completely different rendering engine called Trident....whereas ie5mac (and that alone) uses Tasman. It's about as similar to IE windows as Firefox is to Safari. So remember, if you're coding a website with ie5mac, you are only catering for ie5 mac users alone and no-one else....IE windows users (even ie 5 win) are completely different browsers. Now that that's sorted, on to the browser itself. In a few words ----- HOPELESSLY BROKEN. At the time, it was quite advanced with CSS, but it's time has passed. Not even M$ themselves support it anymore and it wasn't used anywhere else except in "MSN for OSX" which has also been discontinued long long ago (not to be confused with Messenger for OSX - a different program). Not only that but it has to be the WORST browser in the world when it comes to JavaScript compliance. I've lost count of the number of internet sites this PoS cannot load. In fact, the only way to code a webpage for IE win compatibility is to test it on a windows machine itself (or using something like parallels).....there is NOTHING on the mac currently that uses the Trident layout engine....including this junk. It's time to move on people......why use a program that effectively has it's own proprietary engine not used anywhere else, that virtually no-one uses for "proper" internet surfing (maybe 0.001% of all internet traffic at most at a guess?) and further, one that the creators themselves have stopped supporting...?................. P.S. I have yet to come across a site that doesn't work with one of either Safari/Opera/Firefox..... ......but maybe that's just me :)
Gren
Gren
Mar 11 2007
5.2.3
0.0
Mar 11 2007
0.0
Version: 5.2.3
I just wanted to verify...the version of IE for OS X I have is 5.2.3 (5815.1)...is this the last rev they created? Personally, I have always hated IE...Safari and Firefox are infinitely better (tho I wish Firefox had the speed Safari does...it has far more functionality than Safari)...yet some websites *STILL* insist on IE being used, while I generally immediately close those sites, there is one I can not live without ( http://www.alibaba.com/ ) and only one function of it requires the use of IE :( So if anyone could let me know what their Internet Explorer > About Internet Explorer window shows as the version, I would be most grateful :) ::nico gren::
Guest
Guest
Mar 26 2005
5.2.3
2.5
Mar 26 2005
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
I've found IE very problematic contastantly quites because of errors and is very unstable! As others have mentioned it seems incompatable with hotmail due to the changes they have made. However I have managed to access my hotmail still, but only using Instant messenger or entourage.
Guest
Guest
Jan 27 2005
5.2.3
2.5
Jan 27 2005
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
i cant open my internet explorer 5.2 on my mac so how can i fix it
Guest
Guest
Jan 23 2005
5.2.3
2.5
Jan 23 2005
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
Microsoft has stopped any further development of the Internet Explorer for Mac OS X as of beginning 2004. The final release 5.2.3 dates from 2003-06-16. This application has thus to be considered both very out-of-date and DANGEROUS as security issues are neither tracked nor resolved anymore. In other words: DON'T USE INTERNET EXPLORER ANYMORE! Use Safari, Camino, Mozilla, OmniWeb or Opera instead.
Guest
Guest
Nov 11 2004
5.2.3
0.0
Nov 11 2004
0.0
Version: 5.2.3
IE seems to be almost completely incompatible with hotmail.com. It sounds stupid but that's the sort of thing you must get used to if you haven't yet upgraded to Firefox, Safari, or almost any other browser. Trying to access hotmail in IE simply hangs it. The only one reason for ever wanting to use IE is for the ability to save as one file, which is offered by iCab anyway. Unfortunately web designers do have to try to make pages compatible with this to keep Windows users happy. I find it easiest to make two versions of a page - a full standards-compliant one for real browsers, and a stripped-down pure-HTML version for IE users, with an automatic redirector.
Guest
Guest
Oct 4 2004
5.2.3
2.5
Oct 4 2004
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
no matter how much some hate it but its stable. never crushed, lounches faster then mozilla has loads of good features.
Guest
Guest
Jul 13 2004
5.2.3
2.3
Jul 13 2004
2.3
Version: 5.2.3
Slow, but a necessary evil for web-designers to insure that their site will render on all browsers. Since the arrival of Safari and Firefox, Explorer is all but banished from my Mac's hard drive. I don't really miss it much, either.
Guest
Guest
Feb 26 2004
5.2.3
2.5
Feb 26 2004
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
I was struggling with certain sites taking forever to load - over 2 minutes and counting. I had thought it was a problem with my isp but, after further testing, turns out it was IE 5.2.3. As soon as I switched to Safari, all those problem sites loaded as quick as a flash. In fact, Safari loads pages a lot quicker than Explorer anyway.
Guest
Guest
Feb 12 2004
5.2.3
2.5
Feb 12 2004
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
Never crashed on my QuickSilver (G4). My OS is 10.2.8.
Guest
Guest
Jan 28 2004
5.2.3
0.0
Jan 28 2004
0.0
Version: 5.2.3
Switch to Safari or Mozilla. IE doesn't have pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, or other features found in the newer programs. There aren't going to be upgrades to IE X so it's probably time to move on unless you are using a website that requires IE.
Guest
Guest
Jan 1 2004
5.2.3
2.5
Jan 1 2004
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
I used to use IE as my backup browser for sites that wouldn't load correctly on Safari or Mozilla. Haven't used it in a while, and now the browser crashes on load. When I did have it working in the past, many times a site that was up would have to be reloaded. This is not a good browser. Safari is far more superior. It is up to the web developers to test their sites across ALL platforms and web clients.
Guest
Guest
Dec 30 2003
5.2.3
2.5
Dec 30 2003
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
This would be a good app if it didn't crash every 2 minutes. I don't like Safari - I don't like the interface, and the anti-aliasing makes things butt-ugly in my opinion, but I might have to start using it.
Guest
Guest
Dec 2 2003
5.2.3
2.5
Dec 2 2003
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
Crashes on launch. Move its support files, reinstall. Crashes on launch. Mac OS X 10.2.8
Guest
Guest
Nov 30 2003
5.2.3
2.5
Nov 30 2003
2.5
Version: 5.2.3
'Popular web browser' is going to have to go - MSIE is no longer 'popular' - Safari is.
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