Installing Safari 9 in macOS Sierra?

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  1. shoelessone macrumors 6502

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    Hello all!

    I'm a web / software developer and a client is reporting bugs in Safari 9. A friend that has Safari 9 was able to reproduce the issue, but I need to actually look at the page / javascript errors / etc myself to figure out what's going on / debug / test.

    I've googled of course, and even found some threads here, but most of them dealt with significantly older versions of Safari and most of the methods / tools suggested are no longer available / supported.

    I'm wondering if somebody can point me down a path of installing Safari 9 in on my macOS Sierra install.

    Thank you for any help!! <3
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    You will probably need to install a virtual machine in Parallels or VmWare, or partition your disk, and use Safari 9 with an older OS.
     
  3. shoelessone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I'lll go through that if needed of course, but to be honest I'm hoping for something less time intensive :(

    Thank you!
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Safari is too integrated into the macOS to be able to backdate it like that. Running an older version in a virtual machine is your only viable option if you don't have a separate computer.
     
  5. presenta macrumors newbie

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    An alternative to virtual machines is to use a remote device service, such as Browserstack.com. Safari 9.1 is available in El Capitan image. There was a 15 min. trial, as long as I can remember.
     
  6. dwig macrumors 6502

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    In the long run, someone doing this professionally should have appropriate test machines. The best solution would be to acquire an older Mac that originally ran 10.7, or so. You can then add a second HD, external if necessary, that has multiple partitions. Install 10.7, or whatever old OS you intend to support, on the machine, clone the installation to each of the partitions on the second drive, and then upgrade each of the second drive's partitions on one of the newer OS versions up to the newest the machine accepts.
     

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