How to Configure Safari Extensions to Automatically Update

This article is only intended for users running the Safari web browser on Mac operating systems.

Safari extensions allow you to expand the capabilities of the browser beyond its default feature set, each one offering its own unique pros. As is the case with the other software on your Mac, it is important to keep your extensions up-to-date. Not only does this ensure that you get the latest and greatest functionality, but also that any security vulnerabilities are patched in a timely fashion.

Extensions Preferences

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Safari contains a configurable setting which instructs the browser to automatically install updates to all extensions from the Safari Extensions Gallery as soon as they become available. It is highly recommended that you keep this setting enabled at all times, and this tutorial shows you how to do that.

Setting Up Automatic Updates

First, open your Safari browser. Next click on Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Preferences option.

Please note that you can utilize the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of the aforementioned menu item: COMMAND + COMMA (,)

Safari's Preferences dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the Extensions icon, located in the upper right-hand corner.

Safari's Extensions Preferences should now be visible. At the bottom of the window is an option accompanied by a check box, labeled Automatically update extensions from the Safari Extensions Gallery. If not already checked, click on this option once to activate it and ensure that all installed extensions will automatically be updated whenever a new version is available.