Safari is not an open-source browser. Apart from the fact that the browser runs on WebKit, allowing you to see codes but it does not mean you can perform any major changes to the code- a portion can be changed such as fonts.
- Safari’s web engine is WebKit, it was originally based on the KHTML rendering engine used in the KDE project to create their desktop environment for Unix operating systems such as Linux. However, Apple developers rewrote large parts of the code, making it harder for WebKit to be ported back into KDE.
In 2008 Apple made a number of changes in their Mac OS X versions that caused its version of Safari to crash on some websites using recent versions of PHP and other scripting languages.
Those crashes were traced back to changes in the core of Safari, which unveiled Apple’s use of the HTML layout engine (called WebKit) in their own software.
- However, there are rumors that portions of Safari may be open-sourced eventually. It is unknown whether this will ever happen and what code would actually be released to the public if it happens.
Why is safari not open source?
I am not sure why Safari is not open source.
I tried asking people on forums, stacked overflow but unfortunately didn’t receive a detailed answer. Here’s the forum link you can read about people’s opinions on this question.
- Although it has the same system running behind, the WebKit. And up to a certain extent you can view/change the source code. But to make changes, the permissions there are not enough. The only portion of the codes you can see is what the Webkit allows you to.
First, let me explain what open source means.
Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone for any purpose (open-source model).
A great example of this would be Linux! Android also uses some elements of it as well since they are based on the Linux kernel.
This makes the development process better because there’s no fear that someone else will steal your ideas – all work can be done publicly without having to worry about patenting anything first before you start building something out if only one company has access to it. It also helps
Can you do development against safari?
- If you want to do some development against Safari. Then you would not be able to do that because It’s not open source like Firefox and Chrome. However, there are some great add-ons with support for extensions such as Elements, Web Inspector (and more).
If you still want to make changes in a browser, I would advise running a Firefox/Chrome virtual machine on top of macOS so that you are able to debug specific features when necessary.
Development against Chrome is by far my preferred option since it’s open-source and has great support with tools such as DevTools, Elements, Web Inspector (and more).
Not only does this allow development but debugging which isn’t possible in any other browser at this time!
Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to do cross-platform development without completely remapping the keys – however, we’ve got some tips below: – On Windows or Linux you can remap command-Into cmd-i to get the job done.
What is WebKit for browsers?
WebKit is an open-source web browser engine used in Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and several other browsers.
WebKit was originally created by Apple Inc. but has been developed with the help of contributors from all over the world.
The project was originally named KHTML; its name changed to WebCore when it moved to KDE’s codebase and became a part of Gecko.
It then changed back to WebKit for its final incarnation as an independent open source project under the auspices of the W3C in 2004.