Update (September 11, 2015): Well, fall is here, 10.11 El Capitan is about to be released, and the guys behind SIMBL just found a way to make the plugins you love work in the new OS. I won’t go into details, because the method is not really for the faint hearted, but you can read about all of it here. Once you installed SIMBL the steps to enable SafariStand and tab favicons is the same. The latest version is tested and reportedly works with Safari 9.
Update (July 1, 2015): Let’s start with the bad news: EasySIMBL is dead since Mac OS X 10.10.4 (Safari 8.0.7), but the original SIMBL still works… for now, as reports say that in 10.11 El Capitan it will break too, but leave that problem for the fall. Let’s see what we have to do now:
If you don’t have EasySIMBL installed yet:
- Download and install SIMBL-0.9.9 (not code signed, so choose Open from the context menu)
- Download and extract SafariStand
- Put the SafariStand.bundle file to
~/Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins(you can reach the
~/Library/folder from Terminal, or by pressing Option in Finder’s Go menu)
- Go to step 4 of the original post from here…
If you have EasySIMBL installed, created a hetimatransition guide to SIMBL for you, which has some extra steps on how to remove EasySIMBL in addition to the steps above.
Update (June 20, 2015): SafariStand was updated to 8.0.213 which works with Safari 8.0.7
Update (May 17, 2015): SafariStand was updated to 8.0.210 and now has a convenient self update feature.
My greatest pain with Safari was always that it’s a very good browser, but has some dumb UI decisions. Like not having favicons on the tabs. I even bragged about this… then something came to my mind. What if there is a solution for this on the Internet? Well, what do you know, there is one!
My searching initially led me to Glims, which was a great tool, but it’s not working since Yosemite. You shouldn’t even bother trying it, it breaks Safari tabs. Then in the comments of Glims on MacUpdate I found a reddit post, which describes another solution:
- You need to install EasySIMBL, which is an extension (bundle) manager for Mac OS X apps.
- Move it to your Applications folder and, open it and check Use SIMBL
- Download SafariStand, extract it, and drag the .bundle file into the EasySIMBL app.
- After restarting Safari, you will see the Stand menu item next to Help, open SafariStand Settings…
- Check Show Icon on Tab Bar, and voilá! 😀