Dushyant Patel’s Blog

Testing websites in different browsers

One of my friend[David Lantner] suggested me his approach, which involves Virtual PC images of IE and Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition.

VPC images of IE 6, 7, 8
“Stand-alone” versions of IE are not officially supported by Microsoft. However, Microsoft periodically releases VirtualPC images of Windows XP with IE 6, 7, and 8 that can be used for testing:

Note: when you use the virtual PC, you cannot point to the domain “localhost” – you must use your IP address.

Portable Firefox 2, 3
A guy named John Haller regularly releases custom builds of Firefox (and now other open source applications) that can run from a USB drive – or a folder on your computer that is separate from the “installed” version of Firefox. I prefer to browse with Firefox 3, but keep “clean” copies of Firefox 2 and 3 “Portable Edition” on my computer for testing:

The most current release of the portable edition (currently Firefox 3.0.3 ) can be found here, along with instructions for installing add-ons such as Firebug, Flash, etc.:

There is a section on that page with links to “Legacy Versions” such as Firefox :

I found other option for Cross Browser Testing.

Visit >> http://spoon.net/browsers/

They provides to run browser directly from the web.

Go to this site click on browser you wish to run. It will ask to install plug-in. Install it.

Then you all set to test you website in selected browser. At this moment, they are providing IE6, IE7, IE8, FF2, FF3, Google Chrome, Opera 9.6 and Safari.

Happy Testing


Filed under: Technology

2 Responses

  1. Sanjay says:

    i had some concerns about cross browsers testing,. noted this issues a long back while working on such stuffs.

    one day suddenly i came across a site ‘http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage’ and i found the tool useful for IE testing.

    in this tool all I.E. versions 5.5 to the latest release can be tested within the same tool. but there are still few bugs as well.

  2. dushyantpatel says:

    I tried with some stand alone IE version as well but no Luck. This one is really Good. Trustworthy.

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