How to manually install a Safari browser extension (like AdBlock Plus)

Safari extensions enable additional functionality within the browser. You can easily find loads of extensions simply by selecting Safari / Safari Extensions from the top menu of the application. But what if you hear about a new extension that isn’t yet available from the Apple distribution point?


For this go ’round, we’ll install the soon-to-be-crowned-king of Safari extensions, the recently released AdBlock Plus. Sure, ads feed content, and I have no problem with them whatsoever. I do, however, have a big problem with computing security, or any lack thereof. Call me paranoid (please), but AdBlock Plus has additional benefits beyond simply ridding pages of colorful banners. More on that later though.

To get started, open Safari and navigate to this URL -> Once there, click the big green button that says “Install for Safari”. A file named adblockplussafari-1.X.safariextz (where X is a number like “8” as of the date of this post) should hit your Downloads folder. Now drag that file to your desktop.

Next up … select Safari / Preferences from the top menu, and click on the “Extensions” icon. Make sure the slider is set to “On”.

safari extensions

Then drag the file you downloaded, from your desktop over into the blank window until the little plus sign appears, and drop it. The following dialog should pop up …

adblock plus install

Click the “Install” button. And now you are here …

adblock plus preferences

Meanwhile, another browser tab should also open, landing you on this page …

adblock plus installed

No need to worry about the fine print above – your fresh AdBlock Plus installation can also provide a semblance of protection from malware (like that surreptitiously masked by advertisements) and cut off tracking from a decent host of such spies. All you need to do is flip the switches (easily undone later, by the way, simply by clicking the “ABP” button in the Safari toolbar and selecting “Options”).

Combined with the elimination of Flash, you will find your web browsing significantly less cluttered, and likely a decent bit faster. Additionally, if you can also get in the habit of resetting Safari (via Safari / Reset Safari… from the top menu) before engaging with more sensitive sites (like ecommerce or banking related), you’ll almost certainly be a bit more secure.

MG signing off (because eradicating nonsense is only outmatched by the ease in executing the displacement)


Eric English says:

Thanks for the tip. Do you have additional tips about IOS devices?

Another tip or two coming on OS X, and iOS a little ways off. Reason is the former is much more hackable than the latter (at least sans jailbreak), but we’re getting there. Hope all is well Eric.

wasimsikder says:


Eric English says:

I realized I’m in pretty deep when I get my personal IT advice from another trout bum wannabe. There is hope, however because I recently got advice to change all my Google, Yahoo, Apple, and major player passwords from my master programmer buddy about 2 months ago. I think I’ll do it this weekend -after two fingers of Troy and Sons, Oak Reserve Heirloom Moonshine Whiskey!

“Trout bumming” doesn’t do it for this guy, but conjuring ways to make systems more secure most certainly does. So you are actually in very good hands.

Now … 2017 US Open Qualifier Wannabe? Interest peaked.