What browser do you use in OS X?

Which browser with OSX?

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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 15, 2013
Just curious, lately been thinking to switch back to Firefox after 2 years of increasingly bloated Chrome.


macrumors 601
Jul 20, 2006
Mannheim, Germany
Safari 7 on OS X Mavericks is great and really fast. I love the iCloud keychain integration and the autofill function for passwords and credit cards. Add to these features the great OS integration and you have a winner.
Before Mavericks I was flirting with Chrome, but now I don't even consider it.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 19, 2008
Seattle, WA
I use Chrome. I use Linux on my desktop computer, and I need to be able to synchronize between it and my Mac laptop.


macrumors 68040
Apr 25, 2012
Chrome for most stuff, though work and home don't sync to each other. I DO sync my home computers (15" 2012 MBP and home-built Windows) with my Android phone and tablet.

I just couldn't get past the forced refresh when using the swipe to go back in Safari, and I have an alternate tool that is 100% cross-platform for password and form filling.


macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
Sol III - Terra
Firefox. Among other things, it has the granularity I want for cookie retention settings.

I also use an addon that automatically keeps the history clear for sites I tell it to. This keeps the browser history from becoming overbloated and totally useless.


Staff member
May 3, 2009
Should be multiple choice since I bounce between Safari and Chrome. If I had to be pinned down on one, then Safari.


macrumors 65816
Jan 12, 2013

I use Safari for the most part, but I have Chrome for playing my Google music too


macrumors 6502a
Sep 27, 2004
Firefox Nightly. I like Firefox normally and I really like the new look, so I switched from the stable release to the most un-stable release.


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
I use Safari for most things.

If the page won't display properly in Safari, I might use Firefox or even an old copy of Camino.

When I want more private browsing, I open Epic.


macrumors 603
Jul 8, 2011
Firefox mainly. Because I can customize and due to the plugins available to it. Also use Safari, Chrome, Opera and IE 10 for web design use only.


macrumors regular
Sep 10, 2009
I am that one Opera voter, ha.

Use Safari just in case, for banking sites and the like, but have Better Touch Tool ot make web browsing excellent with both Safari and Opera - ie i use gestures on the trackpad to open a new tab, close a tab, open a link in a new tab, go forward or back, and go to the tab to the left or right of where i am... all gestures.

One extra gesture on Opera to open the side bar where i use the Opera email client to read and download all my email etc.

So, i'm 'on the net' why arse about with another 'app' for email when my browser deals with it just fine? Sadly, Opera's latest brainstorm ( brain'fart' ) is to remov the email client.... sigh.


macrumors 65816
Nov 12, 2007
Phoenix, USA
Firefox, as I started to slowly disconnect from Google more (in terms of data collection).

I keep chrome on for the hangouts plugin.

And safari is used when something doesn't work on firefox and I don't want to play around disabling all my plugins


macrumors 6502a
Nov 15, 2013
Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
Firefox. I just recently tried Safari again because 1Password (vers 3) broke under the latest Firefox, but after a month of trial I bit the proverbial bullet and bought 1Password 4 in order to go back to Firefox. I can't nail down exactly what I dislike about Safari, but I just don't like it.


macrumors regular
Mar 18, 2013
Sherman, TX
Today, I'm using Chrome but I switch back and forth depending on what I'm doing or sometimes just how I feel. I use Chrome, Safari, and Firefox pretty interchangeably, but each has their pros and cons.

I use an older iMac running 10.7, a Macbook Air with 10.9, an iPhone 4, an iPad 2, a Samsung Chromebook, and a Win7 desktop at work, and I haven't found anything that I like to use everywhere. I also use minimal extensions and plugins, mostly just Flash. I use TabToFront in Chrome and MacDict in FF, and the default themes. I tried Glims for Safari for a while but it really jacks with performance and stability, and the latest version throws ads at you.

Firefox has the best UI and is the most configurable but it has a memory problem over time. The longer it runs the more RAM it eats and wont release, even when using the reset in about:memory. Once FF gets over 500Mb of RAM, you'll never get it back without quitting. It's also the lowest scoring on most benchmarks and visibly the slowest on my iMac. I've also found some niggles with the way Gecko renders some sites, but they are few and far between and I believe they are coded more for IE than HTML5 compliance.

Chrome is the highest scoring on most benchmarks, best HTML5 and CSS3 compliant, and it's fast... but the cost of that speed is a little more RAM and running my CPU temp up. I've had it suck my MBA battery dry in less than 4 hours... Safari and Firefox will run for over 6 hours hard use. Chrome for iOS seems to use a bit more battery but I've never really timed it. It's also only 32bit so Java 7 is not supported. Some Flash content and almost anything using WebGL will run the fans at high speed and my MBA temp will go over 200F. But closing the high energy tab will cool the it back down to it's normal 115F in minutes. On the plus side, Chrome will sync bookmarks, open tabs, cookies, passwords, and history across ALL my devices.

Safari has become fragmented across 6.1.1 for Lion, 7.0.1 for Mavericks, and 7.01 for iOS. Bookmarks sync between Mavericks and iOS easily but I have to force an update in 6.1.1 by opening the bookmark manager and editing something, then it will sync to iCloud. The Lion version also has a leak in WebProcess that eats all available RAM but it's not consistent. Sometimes it wont hit for days and sometimes it happens on the first page I load. I hate how Safari reloads pages on swipe back but doesn't if I click the back arrow, and how it doesn't open a new tab for highlight and search... I have to remember to always use CMD-click if I want content in a new tab.

Of the 3, Safari has absolutely the worst UI in my opinion. Wide tabs, no favicons in the bookmark bar, and the Bookmark/Reader panel isn't consistent between Lion and Mavericks either. Safari also seems to store bookmark favicons in it's cache... if I reset Safari, all the bookmark favicons are reset too. Apple should make these features app-centric rather than tying them to shared processes central to the OS.

The best feature Chrome and Firefox have over Safari is consistency. Chrome is Chrome, whether on Windows, Linux, OS X, or ChromeOS.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2007
Northern Ireland
Firefox for me. I haven't really used anything else, although I do have Chrome and Safari installed in case a site isn't loading properly on Firefox and I can try on Chrome or Safari.

I really like all the plugins available for Firefox and I have custom themes and stuff for it.
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