Safari (web browser)

conflation of multiple web browser applications developed by Apple Inc.

Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. which can be downloaded free of charge. It also comes with a Mac computer. It is based on the WebKit engine, which is a fork of KDE's KHTML engine.

Initial releaseJanuary 7, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-01-07)
Stable release(s) [±]
macOS11.1 / March 29, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-03-29)
iOS11.1 / March 29, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-03-29)
Preview release(s) [±]
Technology Preview (macOS)Release 55 (11.2)[1] / May 2, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-05-02)
Development statusActive
Written inC++,[2] Objective-C and Swift
Operating systemmacOS
Windows (discontinued, last version: 5.1.7 on May 9, 2012)
EnginesWebKit, Nitro
TypeWeb browser
LicenseFreeware; some components GNU LGPL


Apple Inc. replaced the previous default web browser, Internet Explorer, with their Safari many years ago. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, said that it would be released in January of 2003. Since then, 6 types of Safari have been made. The newest one was made in June of 2012.


Safari has a number of features. Some are specific to certain operating systems or platforms. Here is a list of some of Safari's features:

  • Email webpage (macOS only)
  • Save webpage
  • Top sites (pages most visited)
  • Support for HTML5
  • Development features
  • Opening webpage with another browser
  • Changing user agent
  • Web Inspector
  • Error console
  • Disable CSS


  1. "Safari - Downloads - Apple Developer". Downloads for Safari. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. "The WebKit Open Source Project". (subscription required)