Using Internet plug-ins in Safari for Mac

Before you can use a web browser plug-in that you've installed and trusted, you might need to turn it on in Safari preferences.

Safari no longer supports most plug-ins. To load webpages more quickly, save energy, and strengthen security, Safari is optimized for content that uses the HTML5 web standard, which doesn't require a plug-in. To enhance and customize your browsing experience, you can use Safari Extensions instead.

If you visit one of the small number of webpages that still require a plug-in to show certain content, Safari might tell you that the plug-in is missing. And after you install the plug-in, Safari might ask how often you'd like to use it, or if you want to trust or update the plug-in.

Before you can use a plug-in that you've installed, you might need to turn it on:

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences from the Safari menu bar, then click Websites.
    In some earlier versions of Safari, click Security instead, then click Plug-in Settings.
  2. Select the plug-in from the list on the left, then use its checkbox to turn the plug-in on or off. After you turn on a plug-in, it remains active for as long as you regularly use that plug-in on any website.
  3. The pop-up menus on the right turn the plug-in on or off for specific websites. If you choose Ask, Safari will ask you for permission before allowing the website use the plug-in. The pop-up menu in the lower-right corner shows the default setting for when you visit other websites that require the plug-in.

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