How to Check the Version Number of Apple's Safari Browser

When you need to know which Safari you're running

Illustration of a person using an iMac with the Safari version number onscreen

Lifewire / Derek Abella

The time may come when you want to know the version number of the Safari browser that you are running. Knowing the version number can come in handy when you are troubleshooting problems with a tech support representative. It can also help you determine whether you are running the latest version of the browser, which is highly recommended for both security purposes and to get the most out of your browsing experience.

The best way to stay current is to ensure that your operating system is always up-to-date. For OS X and macOS users, this is done via the Mac App Store. For iOS users, this is done over a Wi-Fi connection or through iTunes.

Safari version information can be retrieved in just a few easy steps.

Finding Safari's Version Number on a Mac

  1. Open your Safari browser by clicking on the Safari icon in the dock of the Mac desktop or laptop computer.

    Safari icon in macOS Dock
  2. Click on Safari in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

  3. Choose the option labeled About Safari in the drop-down menu that appears.

    About Safari menu in macOS
  4. A small dialog box appears with the browser's version number. The first number, located outside of the parenthesis, is the actual version of Safari. The longer second number, located inside the parentheses, is the WebKit/Safari Build version. For example, if the dialog box displays Version 11.0.3 (13604.5.6), the Safari version number is 11.0.3.

    Safari Version 12.0.3 window in macOS

Finding the Safari Version Number on an IOS Device

Because Safari is part of the iOS operating system, its version is the same as the iOS. To see the iOS version currently running on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, tap Settings > General > Software Update. For example, if your iPhone is running iOS 11.2.6, it is running Safari 11. If you see 12.1.2, you're running Safari 12.

iOS screens showing General, Software Update and iOS 12.1.2