I want to display favicon on my Safari Tab :

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I am using Yosemite 10.10. I've tried Glims, it doesn't seem to work with Yosemite.

I'm wondering if there are other way around to tweak this natively or with a third party tool.

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    As mentioned in the answer from @lid, favicons are no longer showed in Safari 8. They are showed again in the new OS X version El Capitain, which will be released later this year
    – Jules
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 11:33
  • Could you indicate where precisely you want these icons to be shown? In the address bar? In each tab by the text? In the Bookmark Bar? Somewhere else? Some combination of the above? Please edit that into your post or add a second image to indicate what the functionality you seek would look like
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 12:53
  • In each tab by the text? (Along with where they already are shown too)
    – cmarangu
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 17:04

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This is not possible with current version of Safari 9 or 9.1.

If, like me, you do really want this feature, please use Apple Safari feedack form to send feedback to Apple.

They do listen to customer feedback, I can assure you, and when it comes to features like this, the number of requests is essential.


There now is a solution to this: I have created Faviconographer, an app that will overlay Favicons for Safari tabs. It's still a workaround compared to a native Safari feature, but it works surprisingly well.


Safari 10.0.2: favicons are shown when pinning the tab.

This answers your original question, even though is not what you wanted to ask :)

  • Oh cool I didn't know about pinning tabs, also, they appear in bookmarks just realized that even though I had seen it all along.
    – cmarangu
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 17:03

As of Safari 12.0 it's now possible. In Preferences, you can now show favicon in the new Tabs settings:

Show website icons in tabs

Show website icons in tabs


As of Safari 8, favicons no longer show up on the tab bar, to my disappointment.

One solution is to use SafariStand & EasySIMBL. Once installed (see instructions on the SafariStand site), open the SafariStand settings and check "Show Icon on Tab Bar". This will return favicons to the tabs.

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    Don't use SafariStand - it's a bad solution. I've tried it and it added many popups to almost any click I did. I removed it eventually!
    – Yuki
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 7:33
  • +1 since SafariStand is still compatible with High Sierra / Safari 11: github.com/anakinsk/SafariStand/releases/latest I don't get the issue Yuki reported.
    – Alex Wally
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 7:47

You can't. But a workaround is to use this Safari Extension to add emoji to the tabs instead of favicons. For a lot of popular sites there is an emoji that closely matches the favicon or brand!


Just use Glims and install it in "lite" mode.

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    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 18:45
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    It seems like a cheap advertising attempt for Glimpse, which has latest release back in 2013.
    – sorin
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 23:03

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