Archived Web Browsers

Here is a big tip for web developers and anyone else that is involved with email rendering and testing.

Imagine testing with legacy versions of IE (4, 5, 6) for rendering with your email or your landing pages, having to reconfigure your system each time to have the proper browser installed (because you can only have one installed at a time). Well say good by to virtual machines, or managing separate systems to view all of these different versions. The people at this site looked at the code behind the browsers and made them work independently from the Operating System. Without reinstalling your systems core browser you can run IE7 and IE 6 and IE 5 all at the same time!

You can find all the old school IE’s at or download a number of other browsers at

Author: Matt V - @emailkarma

Matthew Vernhout is a digital messaging industry veteran and Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C) with nearly two decades of experience in email marketing. Matthew is 250ok’s Director of Privacy, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the eec, after serving for several years as the Chair of their Advocacy Subcommittee. Matthew was recognized as the 2019 eec thought-leader of the year.

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  1. IE Standalones have been around for a while now. I first used the IE standalones when I was merely a web developer with no idea what email marketing was all about.

    The archived browsers at Evolt are missing many DLLs and registry keys need to function properly.

    The guys over at first showed us how to tame the IE Standalones (

    The the folks at Trendsoft packaged everything up into a neat little installer.

    If your going to use the IE Standalones, and I highly recommend you do (though they are by no means a substitute for proper testing), do yourself a favor and use the installer from Trendsoft (

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