How to Install Safari Extensions in Windows

Use at your own risk: Safari for Windows is deprecated

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Apple discontinued development and support of Safari for Windows in 2012. Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer are all better and safer choices for browsing on Windows computers. However, Safari for Windows can be downloaded and successfully installed on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

You can still download a copy of Safari for Windows, but the final 2012 version, Safari 5.1.7, is deprecated and not recommended for daily use.

If you are running Safari for Windows under an older version of Windows, you may have better luck with it.

Installing Safari for Windows

To install Safari for Windows on a Windows computer:

  1. Open a web browser and go to the Softpedia website.
  2. Select the Download tab and select the mirror site to start the download.
  3. Choose Run to install the browser.
  4. Uncheck the option to make Safari the default browser.

When the installation is complete, launch Safari for Windows.

How to Install Safari Extensions in Windows

Apple no longer offers any extensions for Safari for Windows. Any extensions you can find are written by a third party for the purpose of expanding the browser's functionality, personalizing the browsing experience, or adding features not built into the default version of Safari.

You can install extensions to add new features to the browser, if you can find any online. Safari extensions have the .safariextz file extension. Here's how to install extensions in Safari for Windows:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top of the browser and select Preferences > Extensions or press Ctrl+, (control plus comma) to open the preferences.
  2. In the Extensions tab, toggle extensions to the On position.
  3. Click to download the Safari extension you want to install.
  4. Click the Install button when asked if you're sure that you want to install the extension.

If you are installing a third-party extension, follow the instructions provided with it. They may vary from the ones given here.

To disable an extension, go back to the Extensions tab and toggle the extension to the Off position.

How to Make Safari Extensions Update Automatically

Some extensions may offer updates. If an extension you loaded offers updates, set the browser to install them automatically. Apple no longer updates extensions for Safari for Windows.

  1. Open the Extensions tab of Safari's Preferences using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, or by clicking the gear icon and selecting Preferences > Extensions.
  2. Click the Updates button at the bottom of the Extensions tab.
  3. In the center of the screen, put a check in the box next to Install Updates Automatically.
  4. Exit the Extensions window. 

The extension will update on its own whenever a new version is released.