Safari uses too much memory.

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by GoldenChild, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. GoldenChild macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2014
    I love the new Safari look, speed, and overall feel of it... but the usage is insane. One tab of Twitter uses 300+ MB. This is insane. For now I've been using Chrome because on Safari I have to constantly use FreeMemory Pro to flush out some used up RAM.

    Any suggestions? What are you using? :confused:
  2. Lachhh macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2014
    Mainland Europe
    Safari. 16 gigs in my rig. I don't give two *!!* if Safari uses a gig or two. OS X memory management is excellent, shouldn't be a problem even in rigs with less memory.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Unless Safari is locking up and becoming unresponsive, why not use it, instead of constantly focusing on numbers for the sake of focusing on numbers?
  4. Lachhh macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2014
    Mainland Europe
    Because it's better than worrying about being decapitated by the blades of a falling helicopter on a wednesday morning after standing up from taking a *!!*

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  5. NoBoMac Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    "Too much memory" is pretty relative.

    Agree with others re: relax, all is well.

    Add: FreeMemory Pro might actually be a detriment to system performance, since you might be forcing the system to do paging, and probably gets reloaded and kept in RAM, flush again, page again, rinse, repeat. Not as big an issue on SSD, but with an HDD, noticeable and drain on battery.

    As a quick test, pulled up Safari, Chrome (64-bit beta), and Firefox. All three displaying the same three webpages. Total memory usage:

    • Firefox: 371MB
    • Safari: 481MB
    • Chrome: 492MB

    Safari, I can see, since that's my primary browser (95%+), so not only displaying pages, but also has the vast majority of cookies, history, reading list, , extensions, bookmarks, etc. Chrome gets the next most usage, but only for Facebook, Google accounts, and streaming TuneIn Radio (so, not a lot of extra crud there). Firefox, I go in once, maybe twice a week to visit one specific website, maybe use it if other browsers are giving me grief with a specific website (rare).
  6. simonsi, Oct 28, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2014

    simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    You can stop doing that. You arent achieving anything by doing it. If the memory is idle then OSX will take it and use it instantly, if you choose to reopen that tab it will load it from the copy already in memory. You are just wasting your time running any freememory app and worrying about it.

    The memory consumed by a tab depends on its content and the amount of history it stores for it cached.

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