30 Incredible Safari Extensions Available Now

The release of Safari 5 brought about a new extension system that allows developers to create and distribute helpful and fun tools similar to those found in Firefox.

Since Apple’s own Safari extension list hasn’t yet gone public, we’ve compiled a list of 30 of our favorite extensions for you to download and try. We’ll also walk you through the process of how to install extensions in Safari, so everything is clear and simple!

Installing Extensions

To install an extension after you download it, simply double click it. Next go under “Develop” in the Safari menu bar and select “Enable Extensions.”

After doing this, you should have an extensions tab in under Preferences in Safari.

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The Extension Window

This window is fairly simple and allows you to see all of the extensions you have installed. You can choose to activate or deactivate each extension or completely uninstall one if you don’t have any further use for it.

It’s that easy, now start downloading and give it a try for yourself!

ZooTool Lasso

“Add the Lasso to your Safari toolbar and collect images, videos, documents and links from all over the web.”

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ZooTool Lasso

LittleSnapper

“The LittleSnapper Safari extension includes all the functionality of our new bookmarklet, as well as the ability to add a ‘Snap’ button to the Safari address field.”

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LittleSnapper

safari140

“Post direct-to-twitter from Safari. Auto-fills with the current site. Auto-shortens long urls.”

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safari140

View Style Sheets

“VSS — is a Safari extension to view style sheets of current site with one-click.”

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View Style Sheets

User CSS

“User CSS is a Safari 5 extension that will easily enable you to override stylesheets for any web page for anything—from changing fonts, colors to hiding ads and more! Personalizing now.”

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User CSS

GMail Counter

“Check how many unread emails there are in your GMail Inbox… Directly from a nice button in the toolbar.”

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GMail Counter

Split View Extension

“You can Split the current Window horizontally or Vertically, just like you need it.”

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Split View Extension

Resizer Safari Extension

“Resizer adds a single button to your Safari toolbar that will resize the current browser window. The extension has 10 user configurable window settings (that can be named and enabled/disabled) and clicking the toolbar button will cycle through them in order. You can also select any of your enabled settings directly from the contextual menu.”

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Resizer Safari Extension

Safari Extension: Share with Facebook

“Adds one-click sharing to Safari’s toolbar.”

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Safari Extension: Share with Facebook

Snapper – Simple Snapping Safari Extension

“Here is a basic Safari extension which snaps the current page as a PNG!”

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Snapper

Helvetify

“Helvetify is an extension that basically sets the web page’s font to, yes, Helvetica (Neue to be exact.)”

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Helvetify

Linked Images

“This extension searches through the current page for links to images, then embeds the actual image in place of the link.”

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Linked Images

BugMeNot

“This extension adds a button into the toolbar that you can click to bring up a list of usernames and passwords for the current page, provided by BugMeNot.com. This is great for bypassing free but compulsory registration on sites like The New York Times and The Washington Post.”

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BugMeNot

Instapaper Beyond

“Instapaper Beyond is officially available as a Safari 5 extension! For Safari users new to Instapaper Beyond, it’s an extension which adds full keyboard navigation and Ajax loading to Instapaper.”

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Instapaper Beyond

YouTube5 – HTML5 Converter for YouTube videos

“This extension removes the need to use flash on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 video tag equivalents. It also has the added benefits of decreased CPU usage compared to flash, and the removal of in-video ads.”

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YouTube5

NoMoreiTunes

“NoMoreiTunes is an extension for Safari 5 which disables the script that tries to start iTunes when you visit a link to the iTunes Store. It’s annoying and redundant as there is iTunes Preview for Music and Apps now.”

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NoMoreiTunes

SaveTabs

“This extension fills a gaping hole in Safari’s functionality—it saves all open tabs in the current browser window and allows you to reopen them whenever you want, even across restarts of the browser.”

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SaveTabs

Safari 5 Mouse Gestures

“This is a very simple Safari 5 extensions which adds basic mouse gestures to navigate or open/close tabs and windows.”

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Safari 5 Mouse Gestures

GMail This

“Gmail This send current webpage and title via Gmail.”

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GMail This

SafariTimer

“Very simple extension that displays current time and date and also minutes on current browser session in a toolbar … just there for knowing how long you’ve wasted away looking at the web.”

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SafariTimer

CustomSearch

“Allows you to easily send the selected text to one of up to 8 customizable search engines, right from the toolbar and/or contextual menu.”

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CustomSearch

Cloudy

“Adds a weather button to the toolbar.”

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Cloudy

ctrlSwitcher

“On the Ars Technica forums someone mentioned that they’d like to be able to switch between tabs using command + numbers to choose tabs. I took a look at the Safari extension system, and while you can’t override the shortcuts bound to cmd 1-91 due to security restrictions, control is available. An hour or so later and ctrlSwitcher was born.”

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ctrlSwitcher

Read It Later RESTYLED

“This is a userscript/Safari extension that simply changes the look of the Read It Later Web interface.”

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Read It Later RESTYLED

YouTube Video Downloader

“I wrote my first Safari extension today. I think it’s pretty nifty. As the name suggests, it lets you download YouTube videos. Just click the convenient “Download Video” button…”

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YouTube Video Downloader

FlickrPlus

“FlickrPlus is a browser extension for Safari 5 that provides a collection of tools intended to improve the Flickr experience.”

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FlickrPlus

Middle-Click AutoScroll

“Middle-Click AutoScroll adds support for middle clicking and automatically scrolling a page simply by moving your mouse. This functionality has been available in Firefox and IE for ages – but sadly, Safari doesn’t have it. This extension is especially useful when your Mighty Mouse’s scroll nipple is all bung’d up and you can’t use it to scroll anymore.”

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Middle-Click AutoScroll

Duplicate Tab

“Adds a button to the Safari toolbar which duplicates the current tab.”

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Duplicate Tab

µTube

Removes all of the unnecessary features and ads from YouTube.

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µTube

Better Google Reader

“This extension combines a couple of user scripts, and lets you select which ones to apply to Google Reader”

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Better Google Reader

Share Your Favorites

Now that you’ve seen our list, leave a comment below and tell us which extensions you currently have installed. Be sure to leave a link to the download pages so others can grab them too!


  • http://deuxdoom.net/blog BULGARI

    awesome posting ! nice information. thx :D

  • Damon

    Anyone know if there’s a firebug extension in the works? Not really fond of Safari’s built it inspector.

    • http://aninnovativeweb.com Sam Bowler

      I highly doubt it. Firebug Lite (http://getfirebug.com/firebuglite) has been around for ages but with the built in Web Inspector, there doesn’t really seem much point in them building a standalone extension.

      The Web Inspector just takes a bit of getting used to.

      • http://www.okan-esen.com Okan Esen

        The developer announced on his twitter-page, that he will (try) develope a standalone extension for Safari 5 ;)

      • Victor

        Yeah, one thing I would like web inspector to do is Live CSS edition with intellisense. Please consider that if you plan to develop an extension.

      • http://www.p90xworkoutfree.us/ Davewl

        Although they are a little costly and you run a risk of breaking it if you are a little bad luck like me, I feel that the quality of the product outweighs cost for sure.

    • http://www.vibramfivefingershot.com/ jdsozmr

      good designer! I’ve had this functionality with SafariStand long before extensions were officially supported

  • Jamal

    Thanks for nice tips! and more one: http://extensions.untoscz.eu/

    • http://extensions.untoscz.eu/ UntosCZ

      Thank you for your support. :)
      //
      New site, and other functions for the “Tabs” are already in production.

    • http://www.rolexreplica.org.uk/ RolexReplica

      I love some of the hyperbole attached to some of these extensions. SaveTabs, for instance:

    • http://www.rolexreplica.org.uk/ willson

      then spend time deleting all the bookmarks once I’m done with the pages.

  • http://www.kaishinlab.com Kaishin

    How come you forgot Feedly ? :) http://www.feedly.com/

    • http://brandonblattner.com Bdon

      Couldn’t agree more…Feedly is great!

  • matt

    still looking for a “find-as-you-type” extension

    • Adeysan

      Try Glims for find-as-you-type – it does that and a million other things.

  • http://ebiene.de Sergej Müller

    Fine collection. My weather extension: http://playground.ebiene.de/2568/wetter-safari-erweiterung/ – without location codes, with tooltip data. Sorry, german only (thanks Apple for the missing translation support).

  • http://sean-graham.com/ Sean Graham

    I love some of the hyperbole attached to some of these extensions. SaveTabs, for instance:

    “This extension fills a gaping hole in Safari’s functionality—it saves all open tabs in the current browser window and allows you to reopen them whenever you want, even across restarts of the browser.”

    Gaping hole? Is clicking “Add Bookmark for these X Tabs” in the Bookmarks menu that awful?

    • http://www.coroflot.com/joshuajohnson Joshua Johnson

      I’ve also seen lots of extensions for reopening the previous session… but Safari already does that!

    • http://aninnovativeweb.tumblr.com Sam Bowler

      No, but it’s a pain when other browsers will do it for you automatically. I know that my solution isn’t the most perfect but it does make it that little bit easier.

    • Dante

      Yep, it really is that horrible. :)

      On a daily basis I want to resume sessions without having to constantly bookmark, re-open from bookmarks, and then spend time deleting all the bookmarks once I’m done with the pages.

      Depending on what my work for the day is, it’s not unusual for me to have 5-6 windows running each with 10+ tabs in each.

      I’ve had this functionality with SafariStand (via SIMBL) long before extensions were officially supported and it’s an enormous time saver I wouldn’t want to live without now.

  • Jack

    Nice review.

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  • http://www.sayzlim.net Sayz

    Definitely can add more alternative such as

    - Youtube5, you can get the clicktoflash extension at http://github.com/mattball/ClickToFlash-safari-extension which I find better
    - Better Google Reader, I’ll vote for Snow Leopard Google Reader at http://mariusth.channelwood.org/SafariExtensions/

    You can find more to meet your needs… :)

  • Katie

    How about a Delicious Bookmarks extension that lets you log in with your yahoo! id? Any tips?

  • http://tommasoraspo.com Raspo

    Thank you for the Resizer plugin
    I don’t like how Safari handle the resizing thing by default, I prefer the Firefox one (click to fullscreen/click to go back)

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  • InsaneDreamer

    @Katie – use the Delicious bookmarklet – works great. (There is a Delicious extension but it doesn’t do anything more than the bookmarklet.) Plus you can trigger your bookmarklets in Bookmark Bar with Cmd-#.

    My favorites not listed above:
    * AutoPagerize – automatically loads next page when scrolling down. Terrific for browsing search results or reading paginated news articles (doesn’t work on all sites).
    * HsRestoreSession (like Save Tabs but does so automatically and allows multiple sets; similar to Safari Stand of yesteryear).
    * Hinter – Trigger links with the keyboard.
    * InstapaperBeyond – Adds key commands to Instapaper.

    Useful dev tool extensions:
    * Xapathi – Highlights Xpath expression
    * Safari Validator (with Tidy, W3C).

    • Insane Dreamer

      One more: TextStatistics (word/character count of selected text on page).

    • Katie

      Thanks a bunch

  • http://twitter.com/johanbrook Johan Brook

    I created a nifty extension for people who are using Spotify: http://johanbrook.com/safari.

    You can right click on a song or artist in a web page, and either go directly to the item in Spotify, or view more info about it in Safari. You can also search for tracks in Safari.

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  • Andrew

    µTube is the greatest thing since Adblock for Safari. Thank you, TheSelis!

  • http://www.v4orkut.com orkut scraps

    awesome,awesome,awesome…i have no more words to describe about this fetures,jai apple

  • http://www.moosedesign.com MooseDesign

    Are buttons on the window really the best way to access a half dozen or more extensions? I have to hope that Apple has a plan to address this (unless they have already and I am missing it), but the thought of having 6-10 extensions buttons stretching across my browser window is mortifying.

  • the_Eck

    Is there an extension that blocks or eliminates those double-underline ad popups one finds on so many pages?

  • http://twitter.com/angelceballos Angel Ceballos

    Amazing safari extensions and very helpful. Thanks for this collection of tools!

  • http://www.galimathies.dk Mathies

    I may be completely blind, but I have tried several times – without any luck so far – to find a way to get around Googling straight out of the URL bar in Safari 5. Keywurl seems to do the trick in earlier version of Safari, but is not updated to work properly with Safari 5. Do I really need an extension to be able do this?

    • Windy Phillips

      I too would like to find something that works for Safari 5 to do this. I’d rather use safari than chrome, but quickly became addicted to typing search terms straight in the URL bar in my interactions with chrome.

      Anyone know of anything?

      • http://www.burramundi.com ekdor

        I second this. I’m looking for one right now, this is the closest I’ve come so far. Cheers,.

      • Mitchell

        third.

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  • Tom

    Hi, Is there an extension that would automatically save as pdf a whole page ?
    The same way Saft does it ? or pdftk ?

    Thx.
    Tom.

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  • http://socialwebtools.info Charnita Fance

    This is an awesome list!!

  • Jimsonk Marilin

    Oh I just found one much more powerful than Resizer, it’s called resizeMyBrowser, seems like a new app.
    http://resizemybrowser.com

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  • http://www.onelogin.com Thomas Pedersen

    OneLogin also just added support for Safari 5 Browser Extensions.

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  • http://safari.logt.nu Doosje

    I also got a ‘customsearch’ but with up to 10 search engines
    It’s on http://safari.logt.nu/customsearch/customsearch.html

  • http://www.kulacak.com Dadan @ KuLacak.com

    Great post..it’s help me to learn..thanks

  • Dantes

    now if there were an extension like fastestfox, maybe i would switch to safari

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  • http://www.martinvaresio.com.ar/aros.html Martín

    I could run a bandwidth tracking app on all my computers, my ipad, my iphone, etc.

  • Alexandre

    Here is one more, must have for web designers:
    http://resizesafari.com/

  • Jay

    Hey there Mac Denizens.
    I just returned to the “Church ‘O Cupertino.” And am struggling with a coupla things. I love my “Zoom feature” as I’m pretty close to blind. But his means that
    I can’t usually see the bookmarks menu.
    If I culd rely upon a sound to tell me that Safari has accomplished this, I could rest easy while still zoomed in.
    If ya don’t see well all this “Minimalist” stuff translates into “Invisible.”
    A Grateful Thanks-
    Jay

  • Hank

    Thanks for the information. Any idea if there will be a Safari Smartbookmarks extension like the one they have on Firefox. It sure would help the appearance of Safari

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  • http://www.indotracking.com Indotracking | GPS Tracking

    Unfortunately, I cannot find the powerfull firebug extensions for safari. I mean it just the lite version. Not as completed as the firefox version does.

  • http://www.nikeairmaxcom.com jozhsmth

    Keywurl seems to do the trick in earlier version of Safari, but is not updated to work properly with Safari 5.

  • http://www.designerhandbagshot.com/ Koy nith

    Keywurl seems to do the trick in earlier version of Safari, but is not updated to work properly with Safari 5.

  • http://www.designerhandbagshot.com/ willsons

    thanks Veer, for the many hours of fun

  • http://www.designerhandbagshot.com/ mikwillson

    That is to be expected in a long-term, high-risk project like ours. So, we turned to the blogging community for help – and got it! We have published our problems, and the community responded with results!

  • Marshall Mathers

    Keywurl seems to do the trick in earlier version of Safari, but is not updated to work properly with Safari 5.

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  • Micky Willis

    I’m very surprised in the fact that nobody talks about the huge weakness of Safari. There is no download manager and no extension to go with it. I’m searching from months and nothing exist. There is only one solution I think, speed download, and it’s really not efficient for me. Any idea ?

  • http://programmerworld.net/personal/Amazon_Discount_Finder_Extension.html Sudhir

    We have developed a Safari Extension For Finding Discount on Amazon.
    Please Include our extension in your list.

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    Amazon Discount Finder For US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan , China and Canada. Discount Finder helps you find best disocunt deals on Amazon. Best part is that searching deals will not cost anything it Free.

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    much better than the original!!

  • Alessandro

    Galera tem uma extensão no safari que da para ver o ratings do video youtube antes de ir no link do video, ele e muito bom para não ficarmos perdendo tempo, eu tinha ele antes mas nao consigo lembrar o nome, no chrome ele se chama YouTube™ Ratings Preview , alguem sabe o nome para o safari

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