How to sync Safari 5 Extensions in 10 easy steps

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  1. robin1989 macrumors member

    robin1989

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    hi guys after getting the safari 5 update the first thing i did is i went out and downloaded some extensions. then it occurred to me that i use 3 macs at various times and i want to keep track of the extensions i use and to save time on installing them on all 3 systems and remembering to do so with each new extension i stumbled upon a way to sync my extensions between all 3 systems i use easily. and here is how (i will update with screenshots tomorrow if people want me to)

    1 - download and install/setup safari 5 - http://www.apple.com/safari/download/

    2 - download and install dropbox - my referral link https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTY4NjE3MzI5 or use the standard link if you don't want to help me http://www.dropbox.com

    3 - download and install symbolic linker - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10433/symboliclinker

    4 - make sure safari isn't open and go into your dropbox folder and create the folder "Extensions" (or drag it from /Users/NAME/Library/Safari/ )

    5 - right click on the extensions folder once it is in your dropbox folder and click make symbolic link

    6 - drag the new folder it makes called "Extensions symlink" to your /Users/Name/Library/Safari/ folder and rename it to just "Extensions" - if there is already an extensions folder there because you didn't drag it over in step 4 delete it as long as there are no extension files in there otherwise move the extension files to the new folder in your dropbox folder before deleting it.

    7 - open safari and check it still works with all your extensions. if not try the steps again but it should of worked first time like it did for me

    8 - goto your other computer/computers with safari 5 newly installed and install dropbox and symbolic linker and login to your dropbox so that your dropbox files are synced

    9 - once that is done follow steps 5 onwards again for each additional computer

    10 - after installing an extension on one computer it may be necessary to close and reopen safari on other computers for it to appear and take effect

    and thats how to automatically keep your safari 5 extensions in 10 easy steps - i hope this helps others as much as it has helped me
     
  2. bmorris macrumors 6502

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    I assume this can be done with MobileMe as well?
     
  3. robin1989 thread starter macrumors member

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