Safari using 640MB of memory, Does Lion fix this

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sclawis300, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    I have just about had it with Safari. I left a couple of windows open when I went to lunch and when I got back I was getting beach balls all over the place. Looked at the Activity Monitor and Safari was using 640MB of memory. Does Lion fix this????? Is there anything I can do?
  2. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    While this might sound obvious, try switching to a different browser. Safari is known to beachball every now and then. If it is just hogging inactive memory you can terminal 'purge' which will wipe it all. I have however experienced a less 'hoggy' attitude going from SL to Lion regarding RAM usage. On SL I was always at 4GB easily without too many things open (5 tabs, itunes and some minor stuff like BetterTouchTool, Caffeine...). Now it's at like 3 GB with a few more things thrown in. I did upgrade to 8 GB because of this annoyance from SL
  3. sclawis300, Jul 28, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011

    sclawis300 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    I tried Chrome the other day and while the actual Chrome browser was only around 90MB it was running two Chrome renderers which were each over 100MB. Did not seem worth sticking with. I should say that Safari is not usually in the 600s. I will look up the terminal purge. Thanks.
  4. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
  5. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    What was Safari rendering in those two windows you left open?

    How much do you think it should be using, in your scenario, with the two windows being open for your lunch period?
  6. ToastyX macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2005

    The difference is Chrome runs each tab in a separate process, so when you close a tab, the process quits and the memory gets freed.

    Safari just keeps eating more and more memory and never stops. In Lion, they moved the renderer to a separate process, but it's still one process that continues to eat more and more memory.
  7. sclawis300 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    No clue but not that much. I think the big jump came when I was logged into a site using VPN.

    That is very useful information. Maybe I will give Chrome another go. I use Safari's favorites screen all the time though. Does Chrome have something like that? (I think that is what it is called, when you can display the top X sites you visit and just quick launch them)

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