Cookie management in Sierra -- is it gone?


macrumors Core
Original poster
Feb 20, 2009
Hello all --

Up to this point, I've been using 10.8.5 along with 10.11.6 as my main, day-to-day "OS's of choice".

Unlike others, I have no compulsion to "upgrade just because Apple wants me to". I go my own way.

Still, I've been experimenting with both Sierra and High Sierra on external "test drives".

On both of my current working OS's, I use the "Safari Cookies" extension/app to manage my cookies. SC allows the user to "whitelist" those cookies/databases that he wishes, and all others will be deleted each time Safari quits. It's a nice system, and it works.

However, starting with Sierra, neither "Safari Cookies" or "Cookie" (another app) will install. Or, more correctly, they -appear to- install, but then when you re-launch Safari, they're "not there".

Does anyone know of any cookie-management externsions/apps/whatever "out there" that continue to work with Sierra and High Sierra?

Or... is this one more aspect of user-control that Apple has decided that the end user shall no longer be accorded?
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macrumors 603
Sep 23, 2008
Cookie is a standalone app and does not integrate with Safari’s interface like Safari Cookies does. Instead, it runs independently and modifies Safari’s cookie files in the background.

Safari Cookies is an old plug-in for SIMBL which is a third-party legacy hack that injects code into other applications at runtime. I believe SIMBL is no longer maintained and code injection has been restricted by default since El Capitan (though you can disable it).

If you want more control, you are best advised to find another browser.


macrumors 68020
Nov 28, 2013
I have Safari Cookies running (MacOS 10.12.6, Safari 11.0 beta). You need to install SIMBL, which involves temporarily disabling SIP, and then there's a hack-ette to get it to work with Safari now that it's signed.

No one seems to care about Safari Cookies, but once you follow the instructions to get Stand working, Cookies will also work.

I don't really need Stand, but the "clear all cookies apart from those flagged below on exit" Cookies feature is one I'd rather not live without.
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macrumors Core
Original poster
Feb 20, 2009
adrianlondon -

Thanks for the reply above.
But... would you care to elaborate, step-by-step, how to get this working?
I have SafariStand, "the patch", and Safari Cookies, but still, trying to get it installed and...
... nothing.

Is there a specific order in which the items must be "applied"?
Any other considerations?
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macrumors 68000
Nov 20, 2009
I assume these old SIMBL plugins will be harder and harder to install with each macOS release. I suggest everyone to move on to newer alternatives.
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