Test IE5 IE6 IE7 IE8 IE9 IE10

Back in 2008 we wrote about a free tool called IETester that would let you test a webpage in a variety of Internet Explorer versions. Since that time Microsoft has rolled out new releases of the browser, and the developer of IETester has continued to add support for each one.

As it stands right now IETester works with IE5.5, IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, and even the developer preview of IE10. Getting IETester to work with IE10 will take a few minutes, but there are only a few steps that mostly consist of copying a couple files.

If you haven’t used this application yet I’d recommend taking advantage of the “All IE Versions” button located on the main tab. When you click on this a popup will be displayed where you can select the different IE versions you want to test in, and then you enter in the URL to be tested. Once you’ve done that IETester will open a new tab for each different version of IE. Extremely handy for any web developer.

IETester Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)

There Are 13 Comments

  1. IETester is pretty good, but some things don’t work properly in it. Notably, popups don’t function correctly. It’s still the best method for testing in different Internet Explorer versions.

    • Yeah, I noticed a few things that don’t always work right (such as some PNG hacks in old versions of IE), but this is close enough that I’m able to get an idea of whether I’m getting close.

  2. when they will be part of the htm/css patterns?
    why windows users get so excited with a feature that is default in early browsers?
    i hate IE and since FF 1.0 i never used it anymore

    cheers

    • As some of the others have mentioned below there are still reasons you’d want to test a site in older versions of IE. I use IE9 on my Windows machine, but I still need to make sure our site works in IE6, 7, and 8.

  3. niko, you got to remember all the legacy IE only enterprise web apps that are still maintained- good old active-X in the browser stuff… yuck!

  4. is there any programme which text on IE, Mozilla ,Cromo………….

  5. Doesn’t IE9 have a developer mode (hit f12) which allows you to test past versions ? I thought that should be sufficient without needing to install a separate tool. What do people think ?

    -
    Zubair

    • Zubair, from my experience, IE9 doesn’t really use native IE8- rendering engine when set using Developer Tool. I have seen some bugs that I cannot reproduce on IE9 on IE8 mode vs IE8 native.

  6. hi,
    I downloaded the IE test 4.11. But, IE5 and IE6 are not working in this version giving “It is crashed for some reasons” for both the versions. Is there any other version working for all the version.
    It would be great if you can give me the link. Thanks in advance.

  7. I am using windows 7 64 bit and whenever I am trying to open IE7 tester it always crashes… Help! =)

  8. IE Tester may be good for some small webapps to test, but i compared complex css in both, IE-Tester and the ugly original. So i mean the only way to keep sure is using the original IE-Versions…

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