IE Tab

Display web pages using IE within Chrome. Use Java, Silverlight, ActiveX, Sharepoint, and more.

What is IE Tab?

IE Tab is a Chrome extension developed by, and its main feature is "Display web pages using IE within Chrome. Use Java, Silverlight, ActiveX, Sharepoint, and more.".

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Download IE Tab Extension CRX File

Download IE Tab extension files in crx format, manually install Chrome extensions in the browser, or share the crx files with friends to easily install Chrome extensions.

Extension Usage Instructions

                        IE Tab exactly emulates Internet Explorer, and enables you to load your web pages with different versions of IE (IE7 - IE11)


Please note that IE Tab for Windows does require the use of a separate executable, ietabhelper.exe.  You can read more about that in the FAQ below.


* Create a list of URLs that will automatically open in IE Tab

* Group Policy support for enterprise deployments

* Securely use the old IE rendering engine

* Edit Sharepoint documents instead of opening read-only

* Use Java, Silverlight, and ActiveX in Chrome seamlessly


1. Why do I have to install ietabhelper.exe?

IE Tab uses the Internet Explorer rendering engine. This rendering engine can't be directly accessed from a Chrome extension, so we need a helper process to communicate between the Chrome extension and the rendering engine. 

2. Did IE Tab always require this extra program?

No. Chrome used to support a technology called NPAPI (the Netscape Plugin API) which allowed extensions to access local computer resources. IE Tab used to use that functionality to access the Internet Explorer rendering engine. But Chrome removed NPAPI support, so we were forced to implement a new solution, and that solution requires a separate helper executable. From a technical standpoint, the only real change is that our code moved from an NPAPI .DLL file to a helper .EXE file. 

3. Is the IE Tab Helper application safe?

Absolutely! IE Tab has always used native code, and we have always treated the security of our 2+ million users very seriously. So you can rest assured that this helper executable is secure and trustworthy. 

4. I'm an enterprise customer, how do I deploy the IE Tab Helper automatically?

We have enterprise deployment options, please contact us at [email protected] for details. 

The Privacy Policy for the IE Tab extension can be found here:                    

Extension Basic Information

Name IE Tab IE Tab
ID hehijbfgiekmjfkfjpbkbammjbdenadd
Official URL
Description Display web pages using IE within Chrome. Use Java, Silverlight, ActiveX, Sharepoint, and more.
File Size 928 KB
Installation Count 6,000,000
Current Version
Last Updated 2024-03-04
Publish Date 2020-01-07
Rating 4.32/5 Total 19078 Ratings
Email [email protected]
Payment Type in_app
Extension Website
Help Page URL
Privacy Policy Page URL
Supported Languages en-US
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