Is Safari an open-source Browser?

Is safari open source? let’s find out the real truth.

I enjoy the safari browser on my iPhone so much because the design is really responsive, clean, and has a lot of features that I think surpass other popular browsers these days. Read this, for what reasons safari is better than the brave?

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.

Related: Opera vs Chrome, the final one-on-one battle.

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 addons 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 the 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.

What are some popular open source browsers?

  • Firefox: one of the most popular browsers on Earth, with a big community behind it. Most people know about Mozilla Firefox because of its default search engine google. But many don’t know that this web browser is open source and offers a lot of privacy options.
  • K-Meleon: A light, fast web browser for Windows with many nice features. The last release dates back to 2014 but it is still under development by its community.
  • Pale Moon: A Firefox fork that has become quite popular thanks to its customizability and speed. It is available for Windows and Linux: its developers have decided to drop support for Mac OS.

This web browser has changed a lot of features and although it aims at being compatible with Firefox users might feel lost here, so we advise you to check out the FAQ.

  • Midori: A fast web browser that is still at a beta stage, despite the fact that it was first released in 2010. It is available for many systems – Windows, Linux, and Mac OS – but there have been no releases since 2012.

Only nightlies with experimental features can be downloaded from its website. According to their FAQ, this browser might not ever leave the development phase as they won’t have the funds to pay a full-time developer.

  • Conkeror: It is based on Mozilla Firefox, but it offers much more customizability and power thanks to its extension system: addons can be downloaded from outside repositories or created by yourself in Javascript, Python, Ruby or Emacs Lisp.

This web browser is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS: the only drawback is that it doesn’t support Adobe Flash which could limit its use in some cases.

  • Konqueror: A full-featured KDE application that was born as a file manager and web browser. Nowadays it is mainly used by Linux users to browse the Internet, but you can still manage your files with this tool: KDE has many other useful programs besides Konqueror which means that there are no real drawbacks here.
  • Otter Browser: A web browser that is based on WebKit and offers a nice, clean interface. It has been developed by Camiel Gubbels who decided to make this project open source after he couldn’t use it anymore: his job required him to customize Google Chrome, but one day an update broke his browser and he couldn’t do anything to fix it.

So this web browser is born: Otter Browser offers a lot of customizability thanks to its plugin manager, but it might be limited by the fact that its developer seems to have stopped working on it since February 2018 – there hasn’t been any update since then.

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