MacOS browsers what's everyone using?

MacOS browsers?


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revmacian

macrumors 6502a
Oct 20, 2018
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I’ve been using Safari since moving to Apple products in 2012. I tried Chrome and Firefox but I just seem to be more comfortable in Safari because it’s a seamless experience with the rest of iOS and macOS.
 

CTHarrryH

macrumors 68020
Jul 4, 2012
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746
I normally use Firefox because it gives me ability to easily delete cookies etc. when on a web site - I use several that only allow a certain number of access / month free so I can just easily delete that sites cookies by clicking on the area just before the web address on bar.
I think it also gives me more options to clean up when I exit browser.
Occasionally I use Safari
 

a2jack

macrumors 6502
Feb 5, 2013
363
206
Firefox. Whenever I can.

I also never load an app through Apple if I can bring it in through Firefox.
Far less hassle. a2
 

russell_314

macrumors 6502a
Feb 10, 2019
654
815
USA
I was using Safari exclusively till Apple stopped uBlock from working in Safari 13. Now I use Firefox for everything except paying bills.
 
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Larvas

macrumors regular
May 15, 2014
104
67
Berlin
I love Firefox, but the newest versions have been hitting my MBP 2014 hard, to much heat... So I had to transfer to Chrome.
 

user_xyz

macrumors regular
Nov 30, 2018
189
127
Firefox!!
Safari Blows!! :(
- - Post merged: - -

I was using Safari exclusively till Apple stopped uBlock from working in Safari 13. Now I use Firefox for everything except paying bills.
Same thing Here.
 

HDFan

macrumors 65816
Jun 30, 2007
1,496
363
I had to switch to Firefox when Evernote Web Clipper along with a ton of other extensions were broken by the latest Safari update. Can't wait to go back once they fix it.
 

Sital

macrumors 68000
May 31, 2012
1,841
333
New England
Ever so often I try Safari, mostly due to the bookmarks integration with my phone and Apple Pay. I always end up back on Firefox. The day to day browsing experience, to me, is just superior on Firefox.
 

10win

macrumors newbie
Jun 9, 2015
16
10
I tried all browsers on my mac and i found that opera is the best browser.
- safari is the fastest and best looking, works great with magic mouse and trackpad. Somehow, the lack of features and extensions (even a decent free ad block) makes safari useless.
- firefox is heavy and not so battery-friendly. Also overheats the CPU. With firefox 71 things are going to change;
- vivaldi - good, but also, cpu overheating problem;
- opera - full featured, a ton of extensions, battery mode (CPU stays 45C compared to 55C with firefox/vivaldi), good sync;
- chrome - i don't use chrome on any platform.
 

tarsins

macrumors 6502a
Sep 15, 2009
847
578
Wales
Safari across all Apple devices. Firefox is not too bad on MacOS and I use it on some sites than don't work well (i.e. badly written) with Safari. Firefox on iOS/iPadOS is rubbish.
 

jamietshaw

macrumors member
Sep 25, 2009
78
11
UK
Safari, I just somehow like it more and somehow can’t warm to Chrome. Some random reasons are: the address bar properly shows history as you type (Chrome sort of does but sort of doesn’t), standard OS text tools work (e.g. text expansion, or a service I have called Word Service that lets me change case of text with a shortcut), you can force-download a file with Alt-Return, you get a standard macOS Print dialog.

However, it’s really annoying that my iCloud tabs have gone missing since upgrading to Safari 13. If this problem doesn’t get fixed soon I’ll have to investigate something else.
 
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StellarVixen

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Mar 1, 2018
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Edit: for the past several days, I have noticed high memory usage, therefore I decided to find out what is eating away all the memory. After brief look at Activity Monitor, I have noticed that main culprit behind this is Safari.


Which got me disappointed, Safari has always been easy on memory, and now it is a memory hog.


So, I decided to give Firefox a shot. The results after few hours of usage are in!

Safari: 40-45 percent memory pressure with 4-5 tabs opened. Once it even got to 50!

Firefox: so far 32-33 percent, same amount of tabs opened.


This makes the case concluded to me, I am quitting Safari until Apple decides to solve the memory leaks. I cannot speak about battery life as I am using desktop, so I don't care.

(I do miss the iCloud keychain, though...😢)
 

redheeler

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Oct 17, 2014
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Safari because it's efficient and mostly free of Google's influence. Opera for a few specific tasks where Safari doesn't perform as well (and occasionally YouTube videos, though nowadays most of the time I use VLC or IINA to watch YouTube).
Edit: for the past several days, I have noticed high memory usage, therefore I decided to find out what is eating away all the memory. After brief look at Activity Monitor, I have noticed that main culprit behind this is Safari.


Which got me disappointed, Safari has always been easy on memory, and now it is a memory hog.


So, I decided to give Firefox a shot. The results after few hours of usage are in!

Safari: 40-45 percent memory pressure with 4-5 tabs opened. Once it even got to 50!

Firefox: so far 32-33 percent, same amount of tabs opened.


This makes the case concluded to me, I am quitting Safari until Apple decides to solve the memory leaks. I cannot speak about battery life as I am using desktop, so I don't care.

(I do miss the iCloud keychain, though...😢)
Firefox doesn't feel like a native MacOS app and hasn't for years. Fundamental things like elastic scrolling, accurate colors on the Retina P3 display, and dark menus in dark mode aren't there. It really bugs me to the point that it's not even usable.

On older Macs and in Windows it's a decent browser. Would be even better if Mozilla had kept support for MacOS 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) as that is where most of my use of Firefox happens (thanks to Firefox Legacy). But its open-source nature enables porting to older unsupported platforms.
 

StellarVixen

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Mar 1, 2018
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Firefox doesn't feel like a native MacOS app and hasn't for years. Fundamental things like elastic scrolling, accurate colors on the Retina P3 display, and dark menus in dark mode aren't there. It really bugs me to the point that it's not even usable.
I agree, but at this moment, I am more interested in performance than how app looks like.
 

redheeler

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Oct 17, 2014
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I agree, but at this moment, I am more interested in performance than how app looks like.
Firefox on MacOS has its share of memory leaks as well. Try running it on a 2006 iMac with MacOS 10.8.5 and 3 GB RAM and you'll see what I mean, doesn't take long at all for it to slow to a crawl with a handful of tabs open. Video playback is especially problematic and I had to restart the browser periodically because of a memory leak that would also result in unusable performance after a certain period of time.

Problem is, it's still the best modern browser that will work, because it's the only modern browser that will work.
 

stillcrazyman

macrumors 68020
Oct 10, 2014
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Safari for personal use. No issues with memory leaks, YouTube seems alright when I use it.
Chrome for work. Their machine, their choice for software.
I've tried to get into Firefox, but it's just not for me.
 

rcforkat

macrumors newbie
Sep 30, 2019
11
3
Safari...Chrome as a back up. I started using Safari in 2009 and it has improved dramatically in that time.