Install WINE and/or IE 6.0 in Ubuntu
With the inception of Ubuntu Gutsy and later WINE is now in Ubuntu's
repositories. The installation of WINE's repositories in no longer
This page will show you
how to install WINE and Internet Explorer 6.0 if you so desire.
Installing WINE is easy and it allows you to run Windows based programs.
The question you are asking is "Why would anyone want to install IE on Linux?".
Simple, there are a few sites out there that don't play well with Firefox.
There are less and less site out there that fit this criteria, but they do
exist. Another reason is that if you are a webpage developer you will want to
see how the majority of people will see your webpage. To get IE to work with
Ubuntu WINE needs to be installed. If you have WINE installed you can skip the
Lets get to work, shall we?
To install WINE follow the procedure below. This procedure was taken from WINE's
website on Ubuntu installation. Thanks to the folks over there.
Add the repository key to your system's list of trusted APT keys by copy and
pasting the following in a terminal:
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg
-O- | sudo apt-key add -
You should be greeted with an "OK" after
Next, add the repository to your
system's list of APT sources by typing one of the following in a terminal:
Note: WINE is now in the universe repository for Gutsy
For Ubuntu Hardy (8.04)
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list
For Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10)
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list
For Ubuntu Feisty (7.04)
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/feisty.list
For Ubuntu Edgy (6.10):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/edgy.list
For Ubuntu Dapper (6.06):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/dapper.list
For Debian Etch (4.0)
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/etch.list
Next update the package manager:
sudo apt-get update
Install WINE and install
cabextract package on your system as well. The cabextract package allows Ubuntu to extract
Microsoft .cab files if you wish to install Microsoft software. To install
WINE and cabextract type the following in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install wine
That is it for WINE installation. WINE
is a n excellent program to install and run Windows programs. All you have to
do is just type in a terminal wine <windows .exe
program> to run them. Will WINE run 100% of Windows
programs? No, but it does run quite a few.
If you desire to install Internet
Explorer 6.0 then proceed to the next section.
Note WINE does not support 64 bit
version of Ubuntu Edgy or earlier. You can get the 64bit stuff for Feisty or later.
Install Internet Explorer 6.0 for Linux
The following procedure was taken from Tatanka's website on Internet Explorer for Linux
installation. Thanks to the folks over there.
Next open a terminal in the folder
where you downloaded the ies4linux installation. DO NOT
use sudo as Internet Explorer is inheritly unsecure. Installing IE without sudo
will actually make IE more secure than it has ever been. The install program
will even bark at you if you use sudo to install ies4linux.
Here is a procedure to install IE6 for Linux.
Change to your home folder.
Get the IE for Linux installation.
We need to unpack the tar archive:
This will create a folder with
ies4linux-2.05, type the following (DO NOT use sudo):
Run the installation
You will be prompted by a few
questions. I selected to install Internet Explorer 6.0, but you can install
either 5.5 or 5.0 if you so desire. This installer goes to Microsoft's website
and will download the proper .cab files and installs them using the cabextract package. The installer will install IE
to your home folder by default, if you wish to change it then do so by
giving a different path. The installation will install Adobe Flash as well.
The installer will install an ie4linuxbin folder and in that folder will be a
script named ie6 to launch IE as well.
When the installation is complete you
will have an IE icon on your desktop. You are one double-click away from IE.
If you wish you can copy the ie6 script to your /usr/local/bin folder. This
will let you launch IE from a terminal. To do so open a terminal in the
ie4linuxbin folder containing the ie6 script and type the following.
sudo cp ./ie6 /usr/local/bin
Remove the installation archive and the folder it created as they are no longer needed.
rm -f ~/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
rm -r -f ~/ies4linux*
As you can see installing WINE and IE
was not a difficult matter. It just goes to show you that you can do far more
with Ubuntu than you can with Windows, even Windows stuff.
The installation of ies4linux is a free program,
but Internet Explorer is not. To view the license information and legal
issues about Internet Explorer please visit