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How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac

Safari user on Mac with extensions
Khamosh pathak

Extensions are mini apps that add extra functionality to your browser. In Chrome, you add an extension, and that̵

7;s it. But Safari on Mac does it differently as extensions are shipped as apps. Here’s how to install Safari extensions on Mac.

Download and install Safari extensions on Mac

Mac users using Safari 12.0 and above (with macOS Mojave and above) should use the App Store method to install Safari extensions. Here you need to download the extension as an app first and then enable the extension before you can start using it.

First, make sure you’re using the latest version of macOS.

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Then open the “Safari” browser. Here click on the “Safari” button in the menu bar and choose the option “Safari Extensions”.

Safari Extension App window

This will open the “Safari Extensions” section directly in the App Store app.

Safari Extensions in the App Store Featured

You can also open the App Store, go to the “Categories” section in the sidebar and choose the “Safari Extensions” option to get to this section.

Open Safari extensions from the App Store

Here you’ll see extensions grouped into multiple categories, along with a ‘Most Popular Free’ and ‘Most Paid’ section.

Safari extensions in App Store sections

Select the extension you want to download here.

Select a Safari extension

Then click on the “Get” or “Install” button.

Click Install from Safari extension

When prompted, enter your Apple ID username and password.

The extension, or rather the app, will now be installed on your Mac. If you want, you can open the app. But chances are, it just gives you instructions on how to enable the extension.

Safari extension App window

How to enable an installed Safari extension on Mac

As we mentioned at the top, you can’t use a Safari extension right after you install it. Instead, you need to go to “Safari Preferences” and enable an extension.

When you go back to Safari, you will see a banner stating that new extensions are available. Click the “Enable and Assess” button here.

Click on Enable and review from Safari banner

This will take you directly to the “Extensions” tab in Safari preferences.

Or go to Safari> Preferences in the menu bar and select the “Extensions” tab to see a list of all available extensions.

Select Preferences from the Safari menu

To enable an extension, click the check mark next to the extension in the left sidebar.

Click the check mark next to extension to enable it

In the pop-up message, choose the option “Enable”.

Click Enable to enable extension

You can come back here at any time and click the check mark again to disable the extension.

How to Use Safari Extensions on Mac

Once the extension is enabled, it will appear in the Safari toolbar, right next to the URL bar.

Navigate to a page in Safari and click on an extension to use it. Each extension has its own functionality and you will see all the features and options in the drop-down list below.

Ghostery extension in Safari

You are free to move the extension icons anywhere in the Safari toolbar. Hold down the “Command” key and drag the extension icon to the new location. Check out our complete guide to customizing the Safari toolbar for more information.

Move Safari extension anywhere in Toolbar

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