Browser Compatibility tool

Hi ,

I Came to know that there are some browser compatibility test tool , using that you can test whether your web site working on IE5 IE6 IE7 etc

Can some one guide me to find good free tool for testing

Thank You

I wasn’t aware of the forcing document modes issue. I appreciate the heads up.

I’m fairly new to this game and appreciate all the help I can get. I’ve just installed two virtual machines with IE6 and IE7 for testing.


krakkerjack, you should be aware that forcing document modes for the various browser versions is not an accurate measurement of how it will render in those browsers. I’ve noticed a serious amount of inconsistencies both in CSS and JavaScript rendering as a result of switching rendering styles. Either use a proper virtualized version of the product or go with something like IETester or the Spoon Browser environments which pretty accurately render websites as per the browsers (though again their not 100% accurate - but their closer than IE’s rendering modes). Just giving fair warning in case you weren’t aware! :slight_smile:

I’ve been using BrowserLab. It is now integrated into DW CS5.

Great for design work but you can’t test functionality.

Chrome 3 -win
FF 2-3 OSX, Win
FF 3.6 OSX, Win
IE 6,7,8
Safari 3-4 OSX

There is a great tool available at:

You can test pages from IE5.5 to the IE9 platform preview.

You might also try the IE9 platform preview, it allows you to force document modes for IE5, IE7, IE8, IE9 preview. Doesn’t have a document mode for IE6. Guess MS doesn’t want to admit that they ever released it.

The download is at:

I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to admit to having been responsible for the browser that was the most advanced compared to its competition at the time of its release. Never before or since has there been such a big jump forward toward the support of the standards as happened with IE6 (at least not a jump forward compared to other browsers, IE8 made a similar sized jump but that was in catching up what the other browsers had introduced across three browser versions all at once).

Of course Browsershots and similar is useless for testing if your JavaScript will work in all those browsers.

If you are running Windows 7 then use XP compatibility mode to install copies of IE7 and 7 alongside IE8.
If you are running XP or Vista then use the free Microsoft VM along with the IE6 and IE7 images that are available for it.
If you are running a Mac you’ll need to set it up to run a version of Windows alongside your Mac OS and then apply one of the other solutions.
Programs such as IETester may also work but since with those they have to modify IE itself to allow several versions to run alongside one another you can’t be 100% certain that the results will always be accurate for the normal IE equivalent.

There is no need to test IE5 as only about 2 people still use it.

There’s a great tool called BrowserCam, however it’s certainly not free.

However, if you simply want to check against previous versions of internet explorer and other browsers, you can do it manually. There is software available to install multiple versions of internet explorer on your machine. When I used to use Windows, I used MultipleIE to do that, but it is no longer maintained so only goes up to IE6. IE8 has an IE7 emulator, so you can go from IE4 to IE8.

This question gets asked (literally) once a month (I guess people don’t search before asking), so I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told everyone else… either you want to use an emulator or a virtual machine. Emulators like (IETester - will do the job fairly well (MultipleIE’s is deprecated IMO, don’t use it). As for virtual machines, that would be installing say Windows XP in a virtual environment and running IE versions within that. :slight_smile:

There’s Browsershots, but it doesn’t go that far down the IE food chain, and it’s out of service at the moment (probably will be back up by the time you read this).

Thank you for all posting valuable details

I use Browsershots quite a bit, but you do need to remember that it only shows you a snapshot of what the page looks like in each selected browser, and won’t give you any indication of whether the page actually works or not, which if you’re using scripts or anything fancy like that gives it quite a limited scope. That said, it’s a useful first step in making sure your site is cross-browser compatible, but really there is no substitute for testing it on as many different browsers and setups as you can.

Stevie, you’re right of course. I should have been a bit more detailed in my response. Thanks for stepping in.