What browser do you use in OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CarreraGuy, Dec 31, 2013.


Which browser with OSX?

  1. Chrome

  2. Firefox

  3. Opera

  4. Safari

  5. Other

  1. CarreraGuy macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2013
    Just curious, lately been thinking to switch back to Firefox after 2 years of increasingly bloated Chrome.
  2. petvas 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.
  3. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    Safari works great for me, love using the reading list across devices.
  4. daihard 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.
  5. hallux macrumors 68030


    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.
  6. Bear 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.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    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.
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I use Safari because it's the only web browser left that is dedicated to browsing the internet, and not becoming your hub where you do everything and anything.
  9. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    Chrome 99% of the time. Firefox the other 1%. I don't like Safari
  10. Kuwait macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2012
    for me Safari Number 1 and Number 2 Yandex and 3 Chrome
  11. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    Firefox for one site only - because it can prevent auto-refresh.

    All other browsing through OmniWeb.
  12. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013

    I use Safari for the most part, but I have Chrome for playing my Google music too
  13. soloer 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.
  14. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    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.
  15. arefbe macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2010
    Safari. Unless a site doesn't like it. Then, Firefox.
  16. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I switched away from Chrome and went back to Safari.
  18. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Chrome. I did use Chromium FreeSmug but they have not been updating it at all.
  19. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Firefox here. Notice it gets lots of mentions but only three votes.
  20. firedept 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.
  21. coops 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.
  22. boast 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
  23. jasnw 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.
  24. MLinneer 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.
  25. bingefeller 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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