Installing Xenu, IIS toolkit and other Windows applications on a Mac

I’m sure there are plenty of SEOs and digital marketers out there that have been left frustrated at not being able to use Windows-only SEO tools, such as IIS toolkit and Xenu Link Sleuth on a Mac / OSX – but you don’t need to be!

I recently discovered that by using CrossOver from CodeWeavers, you can install and run Windows applications without having to VPN onto a Windows machine, use a second computer or using a Windows image on a virtual box – which has made my life SOOOOO much easier.

If you want to do this too, simply follow the instructions below:

  • Visit this website and purchase your license (£38 – which is very, very cheap considering how useful it is)
  • Download the application
  • Open it up and select other application in the first selection box (unless you want to install one of their pre-selected applications)
  • Select the installation from within your files (much have downloaded first)
  • Choose an existing ‘bottle’ setup or select new
  • Click proceed

You can then run the application on your Mac 🙂

It’s that simple! If you’re in doubt, here’s a screenshot of me running a Xenu crawl on my Mac.

Xenu on Mac

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me via Twitter or my contact page.

Paul Rogers

Paul is an experienced eCommerce Solutions Consultant, specialising in all aspects of replatforming, requirements gathering and platform selection projects.

Paul has worked with most mainstream eCommerce platforms and has supported complex replatforming projects with retailers from all over the world. Paul also works on functional customer experience projects and solutions work with various platforms - primarily Magento and Shopify Plus.