Browser extensions add specific capabilities to Safari by reading and changing web content to promote an integrated browser experience tailored to your needs. There are two places to find Apple-approved Safari extensions: the App Store and the Safari Extensions Gallery website.
With Safari 12 on macOS Mojave and iOS 12, Apple revised its browser with extensions. While you were previously able to download an extension from a developer, today you need to download and install a Mac app or Apple-approved extension from the Safari Extensions Gallery page. The gallery is still operational for browser versions as far back as version 9, and is still considered a safe way to download and install Safari extensions. Regardless of the browser version, all apps from the App Store and the Gallery page can be updated automatically.
Currently, there is not much in the browser extension section of the App Store that you can access via Safari > Safari Extensions menu. Of the 66 App extensions available, only 27 are free. Another half a dozen is 99 cents and the rest varies in price to $ 19.99. Here are the best of the free extensions from both sources.
Ghostery Lite is the free version of Ghostery that blocks ads and trackers that transmit and receive user information. Using the browser's own Content Blocker API, the extension discards content, cookies and tracking scripts to cut down the information Safari shares with other sites without sacrificing performance.
You can customize Ghostery from the toolbar button by selecting either the default setting or individual blocking of some ads while leaving others for websites you want to support. You can also use the extension to control analyzes, audio or video players, adult content, and more.
When you come across multi-lingual web content, it is distracting not to be able to read it in context. Translate allows you to translate pages from any language into another language via either the Microsoft or Google Translate feature. You can also choose from a variety of other translation services via the toolbar button, context menu or shortcut. n In the settings, you can also choose whether to translate pages automatically or manually, and select to configure a preferred service group.
An updated Mac App Store version called TranslateMe costs $ 9.99.
Sometimes the web page content is too small (or large). You can fix such issues with Zoom, a simple extension that allows you to adjust the scope of content on any website.
Just use the app from the toolbar and you get a slider that ranges from 0 to 400 percent, making any size text or images easier to see in a full page context. You can adjust sizes with the slider or plus or minus buttons. A standard button immediately reverses the page to 100 percent.
The network often seems like a giant mirror looking inwardly to each user, spying and recording most activities for both commercial and false purposes. Bitdefender, the company behind the popular anti-virus program with the same name, offers the TrafficLight Safari extension as an advanced protection filter for malware that protects the browser experience against phishing attacks. It finds hidden trackers that track and analyze your surfing activity, while a secure search feature monitors search results specifically to warn users of malicious software and fake websites.
Content scaling may be a problem on some websites, with some images particularly difficult to decipher. HoverSee enlarges all images and image-based video links while hovering over them and displays available available descriptions along with the preview.
It works particularly well on thumbnails such as Facebook and Twitter, links to image galleries and direct image links. If you turn YouTube, it automatically plays your video in magnified mode. You can adjust the visual display delay, minimum and maximum zoom, white list or black list specific locations, use a hotkey to control the zoom of specific images, autoplay or mute videos and more.
Although you are not already using DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, you can still leverage the search engine privacy and security features with this Safari extension. The extension provides a search interface that lets you search without saving your search history or following you around the web. Just click the icon in the toolbar to get the search box, or use it from the right-click contextual menu.
When you want To include a URL in an email or social media record, it helps to cut long for short bits, and that's where Short come in. You can choose your preferred service from Google, Bitly, TinyURL or Custom Endpoint. Just enable the extension in the Safari settings, and then click the toolbar button or insert a hotkey to automatically shorten any URL. Your trim URL appears ready to copy and paste either as a pop-over or alert window.