How to Save a Web Page as a PDF in Safari on the Mac

Take that web page to go as a PDF

It's easy to export a web page to a PDF file with the Apple Safari web browser on the Mac. When you save a web page to PDF, you can share it so that the information looks identical to how it appears on the website. The PDF format is separate from operating systems and hardware. All PDF files look the same on a computer, tablet, phone, or another device. PDFs are also an alternative to printing the web page.

Instructions in this article apply to Safari 5 and later for Mac and Windows.

A MacBook Air showing the Safari plug-ins screen
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How to Export a Web Page as a PDF in Safari

It takes a few clicks to convert a web page to a PDF file with Safari.

  1. Open the web page you want to save to PDF.

  2. Go to the File menu and choose Export as PDF.

    The Export as PDF command
  3. In the window that appears, enter a name for the PDF file and choose where to save it.

    Saving a website as PDF
  4. Select Save to save the web page as a PDF.

    The Save button

How to Print a PDF From a Website in Safari

Another way to save a web page as a PDF file is to print the page to PDF.

This feature is available in most web browsers.

  1. Navigate to the page you want to save.

  2. Go to the File menu and select Print.

    The keyboard shortcut is Command+P.

  3. Go to the lower-left corner of the print window and select the PDF drop-down arrow.

    The PDF menu in Safari
  4. Select Save as PDF.

    The Save as PDF command
  5. Enter a title for the PDF and choose where to save it.

    Save as PDF window in Safari
  6. Select Save.

    The Save button

Make a Cleaner PDF in Safari

Use Reader mode to remove ads for a cleaner appearance when saving a page as a PDF. It makes sites easier to read and simpler to save.

Reader isn't available for every website.

  1. Navigate to the site you want to save.

  2. Go to the View menu and choose Show Reader. Or, press Shift+Command+R on the keyboard. If the Show Reader option is gray, it isn't available for the current page.

    To activate Reading Mode in earlier versions of Safari, select the three-line icon next to the URL.

    The Show Reader command in Safari
  3. A pared-down version of the page opens in Reader. Save the page as a PDF or print it as a PDF to keep a copy of the page.

    A web page in Reader