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20 Excellent Plugins for Safari

Resources | Apr 23, 2009

These days we have great choices for Web browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome and the list goes on.

Each browser comes with its own set of advantages and features and one of the greatest benefits of Firefox has been the ability to fully customize it through the use of plugins and add-ons.

This feature is especially important for those of you using Mac OS X, when deciding whether to pick one of the two heavyweights: Firefox or Safari.

But Safari actually does support plugins. While the choice is nowhere near as extensive as that of Firefox, there is still a good variety of them to choose from.

Here’s a list of 20 useful plugins for Safari for OS X.

Please note that many plugins work through something called SIMBL (Simple InputManager Bundle Loader), which is basically a little tool that helps developers manage and run their code as plugins for the different applications on OS X.

You can grab SIMBL for free here. If any of the following need SIMBL to run, just install SIMBL and drop the plugin file into your “~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/” folder, though be sure to read the instructions that come with each plugin as well.

 

1. Xmarks

Firefox had a very popular plugin called Foxmarks. This plugin still exists but the name has changed to Xmarks, and with the name change also came the support for other browsers, namely Internet Explorer and Safari.

Xmarks provides a seamless solution for syncing your bookmarks across many computers, as well as the ability to view your bookmarks online.

If you use several computers and want to have the same set of bookmarks across all of them without any fuss, Xmarks is the solution for you. Plugin website

Safari Xmarks

 

 

2. Pith Helmet

PithHelmet is a blocker, but it blocks more than just ads. PithHelmet allows you to block things like Flash movies, Shockwave apps and those annoying midi sound loops.

Customize the filter however you like. Currently doesn’t support Safari 4 beta. Plugin website

PithHelmet

 

 

3. DeliciousSafari

del.icio.us is a bookmarking service that lets you store and share all your bookmarks in one place on the web.

You can also tag your bookmarks allowing for better methods of browsing through them. The DeliciousSafari plugin fully integrates with the service, allowing you to bookmark all your favorite sites without having to go to the site itself. Plugin website

Delicious Safari

 

 

4. Safari Tidy

This is a great plugin to help you validate your code. When running, it adds a little icon in the status bar together with the total number of warnings or errors that the current page has.

If you view page source using Safari, you’ll see any lines that were mentioned in the warnings and errors highlighted, and you’ll also see a summary of them at the bottom of the source view. Plugin website

Safari Tidy

 

 

5. SafariSource

The default Safari page source view leaves a lot to be desired. This simple plugin adds syntax coloring, which makes scanning source code a lot easier.

You can customize colors and fonts in the preferences pane that the plugin adds to the Safari preferences window. Plugin website

Safari Source

 

 

6. SafariStand

SafariStand is a useful little plugin that adds a thumbnail sidebar and a bookmarks shelf.

The shelf lets you easily save your browsing sessions and then resume them at the click of a button.

Other features include site alteration (e.g. modify the minimum font size on a particular site, use a custom style sheet or a different user agent) and an Action Menu, which allows you to easily browse the various assets that a site has, such as Javascript, CSS and cookies. Plugin website

Safari Stand

 

 

7. Saft

Saft is like a Swiss Army Knife. It does so many things that it would take too long to list them all here. Here’s a link to the full list of features.

Some notable ones include: ad blocking, always open new windows in tabs, block animations, undo support for closing tabs, sidebar, Growl support, Kiosk mode and full screen browsing. Plugin website

Saft

 

 

8. Cooliris

Cooliris is a great plugin for viewing image and video galleries, such as those on Google image search, Facebook, YouTube or Flickr.

At the click of a button the gallery on a web page turns into a full screen view where you can see all the photos and videos as well as zoom and pan around using the Cooliris interface.

It features a beautiful interface with smooth animations and transitions that delivers a very satisfying browsing experience. Plugin website

Cooliris

 

 

9. Inquisitor

Inquisitor is a great plugin to enhance the Google search field.

It runs the search live as you type it and brings in the results in a little window that pops up below the search. It can list results and search suggestions and you can customize how many of each you want to see.

It’s a very high quality plugin, so much so that Yahoo has recently purchased it and is working on versions for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Note: the Yahoo purchase also means that the search engine powering Inquisitor has now been changed from Google to Yahoo, so this is something to consider before you install the plugin. Plugin website

Inquisitor

 

 

10. Safari140

Find something interesting on the Web that you just have to share on Twitter? The Safari140 plugin makes this easy.

It allows you to write Twitter messages from an integrated menu in Safari, and will even pre-fill and shorten the URL address of the current site you’re browsing. Plugin website

Safari140

 

 

11. 1Password

1Password isn’t just a plugin, it’s a whole password management service that comes with browser integration.

The benefit of using 1Password is that you can automatically generally really strong passwords and the service will then remember and automatically fill them in for you. The service costs $39.95, but there is a free trial available. Plugin website

1Password

 

 

12. TabExposé

OS X comes with a great method for managing windows on your desktop called Exposé, which at the click of a button shows you an overview of all of your open windows.

The TabExposé plugin works the same way, but for opening tabs in Safari. Plugin website

TabExpose

 

 

13. GreaseKit

Power users of Firefox utilize a plugin called Greasemonkey to modify any website they browse using bits of JavaScript.

This really enhances your browsing experience as you can, for example, modify the font sizes and colors on your favorite sites to make them more readable.

GreaseKit aims to fulfill this need for Safari, as well as other WebKit applications on OS X. Plugin website

GreaseKit

 

 

14. SafariStretch

One of the key differences between window management in OS X and Windows is the maximize button.

In Windows, the maximize button makes the window full screen, and in OS X, the window becomes only as large as its content.

SafariStretch allows you to have the Windows-like full screen maximize in Safari. Plugin website

Safari Stretch


 

15. Glims

Glims is a plugin which adds a whole collection of features and functionality to Safari and aims to be the alternative to Saft.

The full list of features can be found on the Glims website, but some notable ones include: thumbnails in Google and Yahoo search results, full-screen browsing, favicons in tab labels, auto-close download window, always open links in new tab, close tabs using middle mouse button and dated download folders. Plugin website

Glims

 

 

16. CosmoPod

CosmoPod lets you download and convert Flash, DivX, WMV and Real Media videos from the Web to your Mac, iPod/iPhone or AppleTV. CosmoPod works with most sites and will automatically detect any videos it can convert.

With just a click you can then download the video to your iTunes library. Full license costs $10. Plugin website

CosmoPod

 

17. CutX

CutX is a plugin that lets you create a filter for sites that you want to block.

This is useful as a parental tool to ensure your children don’t visit the wrong sites, or for filtering those productivity drains from the workplace.

CutX lets you customize site filters for individual users and access to the preferences pane is protected by a master password. Plugin website

CutX

 

 

18. DownloadComment

DownloadComment is a simple plugin that makes use of the Spotlight comments section in the file properties on OS X.

Whenever you download a file, DownloadComment will attach the URL address of the file into this comments section allowing you to later see where a file has been downloaded from. Plugin website

DownloadComment

 

 

19. Safarilicious

An alternative to the DeliciousSafari plugin, Safarilicious is a standalone app that will export your Safari bookmarks to del.icio.us, a popular bookmarking service.

Safarilicious can also generate del.icio.us tags from your bookmarks folder structure as well as letting you add your own.

You can also pick which folders get exported if you only want to share a certain set of bookmarks. Plugin website

Safarilicious

 

 

20. Safari Microformats

Microformats are a set of data formats that aim to make information sharing easier across the Web.

For example, hCards and hCalendars contain contact and calendar information respectively and are formatted in a consistent way to allow different applications to read this data.

The Safari Microformats plugin reads any hCards or hCalendars present on a web page and notifies you with a little icon in the address bar.

When you click this Microformats icon you can add these addresses or calendar items to your Address Book and iCal. Plugin website

Safari Microformats


Written exclusively for WDD by Dmitry Fadeyev. He runs a blog on usability called Usability Post.

Do you know of any more useful Safari plugins? Please share them by leaving a comment below…


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  • http://www.lionelhendricks.com jack

    Safari (webkit) is my favorite “dev” oriented browser – even without the plugins it offers the most out of the box… just adding the developer menu {(preferences | advanced) or (terminal – defaults write com.apple.safari IncludeDebugMenu 1)} adds sooo much power.

  • Pablo

    This will definitely bring me back to Safari. Cheers!

  • http://sigurdhsson.org/ Simon Sigurdhsson

    Personally I have no great need for plugins, and I don’t use any *plugins* as such, but I do use two apps that are relevant here: First, Glimmerblocker, a proxy that blocks ads, rewrites URLs and much more. It’s a very powerful tool that you can do a lot with, and it doesn’t break when you upgrade Safari, since it doesn’t hook itself with SIMBL. The other app I use is Delibar, a nifty little del.icio.us app.

  • lowell

    @jack – you can just check the box in the preference window to enable the dev menu; no sense in hopping into bash unless it’s already open.. :)

    anyways, glim is awesome – but wtf is up with the safari plugin naming? it looks like it’s getting better, but damn, look at the first seven on this list: horrible.

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    wow cool plugins. I think its to gear up my Safari.

  • Blaze

    +1 on Glimmerblocker. Far better than Pithhelmet (and also works in 4.0)

  • http://www.charlie-blog.com/media Charliend

    Wow! What a list, that’s really impressive!
    I need to test them now :)

  • http://www.anistock.com anistock

    Glimmer Blocker is really useful, to me a spell checker is something more of us should use, still amazed by spelling errors on blogs/forums and posts. Start simple

  • http://joshthomas.com josh

    Guess there’s not much demand for a nice proxy switcher (like foxyproxy) for Safari…

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    Nice post. I didn’t even know 1 existed let alone 20.

  • http://cahcepu.com/inspirasi/evolusi-cah-cepu/ Cah Cepu

    hohoho.. thanks for share…
    i will try on my Safari…

    i like Cooliris…

  • http://blog.dileepsharma.com Dileep K Sharma

    An awesome list of useful Safari plug-ins. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.nardiphotography.com/blog Nancy Nardi

    Really like 1password. It’s great for storing software licenses, credit cards, and other protected docs.

  • http://erinhymel.blogspot.com/ Erin

    Great stuff!!! I’m looking into Xmarks and Safari140 now.

  • http://alyce.androcid.net/ Alyce

    I use Sarafi Adblock which is AMAZING! I tried Saft but it’s pure hell and I must say I regret ever letting it touch my mac.

  • tripfish

    Cooliris totally f’s up Flash. Do not install until they fix it. It will after just a few items of flash are open any flash including youtube. It will stall the system forcing you to restart Safari

    Otherwise it’s cool software.

  • http://www.eugenegordin.com Eugene Gordin

    Great post! I personally am a big fan of SafariBlock (despite its InputManager nature): http://code.google.com/p/safariblock/

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    Nice list. Thanks.

  • http://google.com/profiles/creativebot Brandon

    This post would have been good if you would have made it for Windows and OSX.

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    Thanks for the collection and details! I will definitely pass this link on.

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    thanks for share

  • Janus Hartford

    Doesn’t work on Windows. #FAIL.

  • http://cosmicthings.com Nancy Raskauskas

    You know, I veer away from using safari most of the time because I thought there were no extensions or plugins like Firebox has…Guess I was wrong.

  • Arvid Eklund

    Thanks a lot for this! :)

  • http://www.JMH-Design.net Jeffrey Heiserman

    Thanks for the tips. I didn’t really know you could even install Safari Plugins!

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    Thank you for the plugins. I hope these plugins will not slow down my browser.

  • http://www.valuelabs.com Vikranth

    HI,
    Can anyone please let me know how these custom toolbars can be developed.
    i mean the technology used..
    Cheers,
    vikranth

  • http://theforexvillage.com Richard

    Wow, i thought only Firefox had an extensive range of plugins, i shall now be considering safari if their plugins test out ok.

  • Kristy

    Well I was really excited about my Switch to Safari….IE just plain old sucks! Firefox runs too slow after experiencing Chrome! Google Chrome Crashes with my quicktime and java flash. So I thought safari was the way to go. Then I saw this and I got sooo excited! Well now It seems none of these are compatible with safari on Windows xp.
    =-( Why oh why I really wanted cooliris & TabExpose. so sad… I love safari, but it seems to be Geared Mainly for mac. Are there any future plans to make plugins available on Windows xp using safari 4 browser???

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    Thanks for the information about safari plug-ins.It will really helped me a lot.

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    Great stuff here! I’m looking forward to trying some of it out. I already use X-marks and it is a very GOOD system!

  • http://www.macexpert.com Russ

    Thanks for your article. One of the main reasons I’ve been using Firefox is for the add-ons, but Safari is so much faster than Firefox on Snow Leopard that I’d really like to be able to switch back.

    I will RT this page on Twitter.

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    I’m looking forward to trying some of it out. I already use X-marks and it is a very GOOD system!

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    I have been using SAFARI for a long time now..Its really fast and the USER INTERFACE it has it makes me work for long hours..The plugins will help me make my SAFARI best..

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    I use inquisitor plugin .Itis very helpful for me for the search purpose.Now it is purchased by yahoo from google.

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    Wow! What a list, that’s really impressive!
    I need to test them now

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    I have been using SAFARI for a long time now..Its really fast and the USER INTERFACE it has it makes me work for long hours..

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    I’m looking forward to trying some of it out. I already use X-marks and it is a very GOOD system!

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    I use the inquisitor plugin. It’s very useful, I use it daily :)

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    I have only been using plugins for firefox but I think I may give this a try.

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    Well I’m currently using Firefox because I love it but I was wondering if anyone here knew the benefots of using Safari over FireFox?

  • http://www.guillois.com/ FX

    Very cool plugins.

    is Firebug exists for Safari ?

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    I always knew that safari had a very wide range of plugins. But it was not clear to me, thanks for sharing this blog.

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    Awesome plug-ins, I’ll definitely have to consider trying out. Great info!!!!!!

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    wow,this plugin is really great.i love it,thanks for sharing for us.

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    I found your blog from google and read a few of your other posts.They are incredible. Please keep it up… have a nice day.

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    HI

    I would like to thanks for this great blogs site about 20 excellent pluging safari. I also personally use Sarafi Adblock It also be help to me. if i was finding any type of message than directly use this safari site. I also thank to safari site owners.

    Thanks

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    Wow, Its is very nice topic for me. I also use this safari Pluging software. thanks toot

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    Nice Collections, Thanks Webdesigner Depot :)

  • luckie

    hay guys….
    anyone can help me….?i using safari 4 for windows xp but i can’t use this plug-in
    where add-ons compatible with safari for windows xp..
    please help me….i like this browser

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    i use safari all the time and did not know about half these plugins!

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    Awesome post,keep it up.

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    Thanks for the information about safari plug-ins.It will really helped me a lot

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    I would totally agree with this post and the writer. I really believe you should continue writing.

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    Great info, just started testing Safari 4 and i have to say its great.

  • http://www.aplossystems.co.uk Aplos Systems

    Great collection of plug-ins. You have listed some very useful ones. It is a shame that Apple don’t let Windows users use plug-ins too, it would be a good move for them.

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    Great article! I really love the second paragraph, I know exactly what you mean! This site is great thanks again!

    Corey

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    Awsome man!
    Thanks for the 1PASSWORD Plugin link, I really need it
    Thank You :)

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    Now I use plugins wp to twitter for update my blog to twitter account automatically , it’s work for me. :-)

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    Great info on plugins – still a little overawed by it all!

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    Thanks for the info. For Safari to prosper, however, it will need to rival Firefox’es tremendous library of plug-ins.

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    Not sure if any of those are usefull cause what I have seen when using addons to browsers is that they slow down your browsing entertainment drasticly. Better to use browser that has all the features installed and leave the addons to others.

  • http://orangeaura.com Tri Nguyen

    Great list of plugins, I like using th Inquisitor plugin. Do you know if Safari has a plugin like firebug on firefox for debugging?