How to Manage Plug-Ins in the Safari Web Browser

In Safari 9 and earlier, plug-ins enhance the browser's functionality

Safari, the default web browser for iOS and macOS, is full-featured and secure. Still, like many web browsers, it's possible to add additional functionality. In Safari 9 and earlier versions, Safari plug-ins helped users personalize their browsing experience. If you use a Safari version that's compatible with plug-ins, here's how to view and manage them.

Newer versions of Safari don't support plug-ins. Apple recommends that users explore Safari extensions to enhance the browser's functionality.

How to View Plug-ins in Safari

If you use Safari 9 or earlier, view your installed plug-ins from the browser's Help menu. Here's how to do this on a Mac:

  1. Open Safari on your Mac.

  2. Select Help from the browser menu at the top of the screen.

  3. From the drop-down menu, select Installed Plug-ins.

    Installed plugins from the Safari Help menuy
  4. A new browser tab opens, displaying detailed information on currently installed plug-ins, including the name, version, source file, MIME type associations, descriptions, and extensions.

    List of Plug-ins installed in Safari

How to Manage Plug-ins

Here's what to do if you need to modify any plug-in permissions:

  1. Select Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen.

  2. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences.

    Safari on a Mac with the Preferences menu item highlighted

    The keyboard shortcut is Command+, (comma).

  3. Select the Security heading.

    Safari Preferences with the Security tab highlighted
  4. Near the bottom of the Safari security preferences, uncheck Allow Plug-ins to stop all plug-ins from functioning.

  5. To manage individual plug-ins, select Plug-In Settings or Manage Website Settings (depending on the browser version).

  6. You'll see a list of current Safari plug-ins along with each website the browser currently has open.

  7. To change a plug-in's usage settings, select the drop-down menu next to it and select Ask, Block, Allow (default), Allow Always, or Run in Unsafe Mode.

  8. To disable an individual plug-in, remove the check mark next to it.

    Unchecked box
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