Easy IE Testing Using VirtualBox and xdissent ievms

by Aaron Froehlich

After Parallels died on me earlier this week, I went looking for a quick and easy way to install a new set of Windows virtual machines on my Mac. Ievms via xdissent  makes it stupid simple to get a testing environment up and running in minutes.

After downloading Oracle's VirtualBox, you can install the version of IE you want using one simple command: curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="8" bash

Half an hour later you have a clean and patched virtual environment ready for cross-browser debugging.


If you're looking to access your local development environment from Windows, VirtualBox provides an easy way to access localhost at You can access that directly in Internet Explorer (e.g., or by adding an entry to the Windows hosts file at C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts: mydomain.dev