The best browser for your Mac is the one that comes with your Mac. Safari is faster and more energy-efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favourites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.
Longer battery life and faster performance.
Browse longer. Watch more.
Safari is engineered specifically for Mac, so it takes advantage of the powerful technologies built into every one. So compared to Chrome and Firefox, you can browse for up to two hours longer.1
browsing compared to Chrome and Firefox
Faster than Chrome and Firefox.
Speedometer: Web application responsiveness3
Defending your online privacy and security.
Privacy and security aren’t just something you should hope for — they’re something you should expect. That’s why features to help protect your privacy and keep your Mac secure are built into Safari. For example, it’s the only browser to offer DuckDuckGo — a search engine that doesn’t track you — as a built-in option.
Private Browsing windows.
When you use Private Browsing, Safari doesn’t remember the pages you visit, your search history or your AutoFill information. Each tab in a Private Browsing window is isolated from the others, so websites you view in one tab can’t see your cookies from websites in another tab. This helps prevent websites you’re logged in to from tracking you as you browse.
Third-party cookie blocking.
The web pages you visit often leave cookies from third-party websites. These cookies can be used to track where you go on the web, target you with ads or create a profile of your online activities. Safari was the first browser to block these cookies by default. And by default it also prevents third-party websites from leaving data in your cache, local storage or databases.
Protection from harmful sites.
Safari helps protect you against fraudulent Internet sites and those that harbour malware — before you visit them. If a website looks suspicious, Safari prevents it from loading and warns you.
Sandboxing for websites.
Sandboxing provides built-in protection against malicious code and malware by restricting what websites can do. And because Safari runs web pages in separate processes, any harmful code you come across in one page is confined to a single browser tab, so it can’t crash the whole browser or access your data.
Surf seamlessly across all your devices.
Not only does Safari come on every Mac, it comes on every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch too. And thanks to iCloud, your passwords, bookmarks, history, tabs and Reading List are always up to date no matter which device you’re using.
Discover something great. Then share it just as easily.
Safari makes it simple to find and enjoy the best of the web. And we’ve made it easy to share what you find with others.
With Spotlight built into every Mac, you’re never far from the information you want. As you type in the smart search field, Spotlight suggestions display results from sources like Wikipedia, news sites, Maps, iTunes and more.5
Share anything you come across on the web without leaving Safari. Just click the Share button, then choose how you want to send it off. Use Mail, Messages or AirDrop. Tweet or post to Facebook. And even add comments and locations. A single sign-on sets up sharing to Facebook and Twitter, so you only need to log in once.
Shared Links is the best way to see what’s up on the web. When you’re in the mood to read something new, quirky or cool, open Shared Links in the Safari Sidebar, where you can view links from people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can scroll seamlessly from one story to the next, no clicking required.
View news stories and other articles in a layout that’s optimised for easy reading. Reader lets you focus on the text without being distracted by ads and other items.
Safari is built on WebKit, the industry-leading open source rendering engine. It includes powerful built-in tools, like Web Inspector, that let developers create advanced web applications. And it continues to support technologies that enable innovation on the web. Learn more
Safari Extensions are a great way to bring new features to Safari. Customise your browsing experience by adding your favourite extensions. View gallery
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2014 using 1.4GHz Intel Core i5–based 13-inch MacBook Air systems with 4GB of RAM and prerelease OS X v10.10. Tested with prerelease Safari 8.0, Chrome v37.0.2062.124, and Firefox v32.0.3 with Adobe Flash Player v22.214.171.124. Systems tested with WPA2 Wi-Fi network connection while running on battery power, with display brightness set to 12 clicks from the bottom or 75 per cent. Not all features are available on all devices. Performance will vary based on system configuration, application workload and other factors.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2014 using JetStream 1.0.1 performance benchmark on 2.2GHz Intel Core i7–based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and prerelease OS X v10.10. Tested with prerelease Safari 8.0, Chrome v37.0.2062.124 and Firefox v32.0.3, with WPA2 Wi-Fi network connection. Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2014 using Speedometer 1.0 performance benchmark on 2.2GHz Intel Core i7–based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and prerelease OS X v10.10. Tested with prerelease Safari 8.0, Chrome v37.0.2062.124 and Firefox v32.0.3, with WPA2 Wi-Fi network connection. Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2014 using JSBench 2013.1 performance benchmark on 2.2GHz Intel Core i7–based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and prerelease OS X v10.10. Tested with prerelease Safari 8.0, Chrome v37.0.2062.124 and Firefox v32.0.3, with WPA2 Wi-Fi network connection. Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors.
Spotlight suggestions are not available in all countries.