How can I get Internet explorer on Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Guppy51, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Guppy51 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2013
    New mac user here. I need to download IE to log onto my bank and I am having a hard time finding a proper IE for Mac. Anyone got a link that I can use or ways I can get around it?

    I downloaded the WineBottler program but I am not sure if is me or I can't get it to work. WHen I double clicked on WineBottler it give me the message of "cant be opened because it is from an unidentified developer". I currently using the 10.8.4 version of OS X.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    well, you could ask your bank, if they support other browsers. or maybe they are developing support for other browsers.

    you could try changing the user agent the safari uses.

    click safari > preferences... >advanced > activate "show develop menu in menu bar.

    the develop menu bar would then appear in the menu bar. if not, try resetting the mac.

    click develop > user agent > and choose internet explorer.

    hope that works out for you.
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Just go to system prefs->security, click the padlock to enable changes and change the preference from "known developers and app store" to "all" and you should be able to run winebottler.

    I should also mention that a lot of those bank web sites require some sort of activex plugin that doesn't work properly under emulation. I finally threw in the towel and installed a windows xp virtual machine on my wife's mac so she could do some things that require IE. I created a 20 gig virtual drive for it and it grew to 14 GB after I had all the xp updates installed. Of course XP deals with that windows genuine hassle and you can't get a "modern and safe" version of IE without proving you aren't stealing from Microsoft. BTW, I purchased OEM copies of the win xp and win 7 install disks complete with oem key numbers. I went through activation and in hindsight, I should have gone through activation before my virtual disk grew to 14 GB. Oh well.

    Have you tried complaining to your bank about this? It's hard to believe some of them are blithely pushing out IE-only web sites in an era where IE market share is sinking.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I thought this thread would be really old.

    Do you mind telling us which bank? I might try to short-sell some of their stock...they seem really out of it.
  5. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Unfortunately there is no longer a version of IE for the Mac. There was one, but development ended long ago and it was never really comparable to the Windows version of IE.

    If you want IE you are pretty much stuck with either WINE or running Windows of that is all that your bank supports.

    If I may ask, what about IE do you need? If it is anything ActiveX, it just won't work on a Mac.
  6. DarkoDonnie macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2013
    I *love* when these institutions limit their users to "Internet Explorer 7 and above".. even though it's proven less safe, not web-standard, and behind in so much.

    I get budgets and all. but it's just crazy that multi-million dollar companies do not care about keeping their audience up to day.

    I switched banks because of a mobile app.. hopefully one day these suits will learn to keep up with the kids.
  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If your bank still requires IE for online access, I would be extraordinarily uncomfortable using online banking with them period. Their systems must not have seen any significant updates in at least a decade.

    I'm not exaggerating... it's time to find a new bank.
  8. Guppy51 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Ok it is a Chinese bank in China, so my options are limited. Sigh... the good old US of A, and people wonders why the Chinese companies cannot catch up to the US companies.

    I love my US bank which is Wellsfargo, no complain what so ever.

    Ok the safari option doesn't work, I will need to get window on my mac. Thanks for all the help. I will sure I will come back if I got question on how to install window.
  9. stract, Nov 17, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013

    stract macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2013
    so, I need to access OWA webmail, and use the S/MIME control to read encrypted e-mails. S/MIME is only compatible with 32-bit versions of IE. Is there a way to render FF or Safari to trick the OWA website into thinking it's an IE browser so I can install the S/MIME control and read my encrypted e-mails? I'm trying to avoid installing Windows on the Mac (via Bootcamp), and this is the last little hurdle for me to totally divest myself of Windows.

    When I had FF on my PC, I had a plug-in installed called IE Tab which would emulate IE inside the FF browser, but that plug-in isn't compatible with FF for Mac apparently.

    Also, using the developer toolbar to render the page in "IE" doesn't solve the problem either.

    just found this link, has anyone had success with this?

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