Is there an easy way to open links in a private window in Safari in OS X?

With this, I mean copying the link and pasting it in a new private window not as being easy.

In Chrome and Firefox, you can easily open a link in Incognito/Private mode, right clicking on the link and from the context menu, choose Open in an incognito window. This is a feature that I use quite often in my browsing, but I'm trying to switch to Safari because I noticed that Chrome uses more battery and read some articles about it too.

I would really appreciate it if you tell me of any way to add an option to the right click context menu in Safari to open in a private window, or a keyboard shortcut so that you click while pressing some keys and it opens in private mode, or maybe an extension that adds this functionality.

  • In Safari 8.0.6 (OS X 10.10.3), "Open Link In New Private Tab" and "Open Link In New Private Window" are right-click options, but only if the link is in a Private window/tab. I keep Safari set to open in Private, and always use private windows/tabs, unless I specifically need a non-private window (for example, to save a new password into Keychain). Not a direct answer for your question, but it's an option.
    – pseudon
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 14:11

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In Safari 9.0 (El Capitano) you can right-click on the URL while holding down the option key and you then have the option to open the URL in a new private window. This option is provided from regular or private windows, unlike what appears to be the case in previous versions of Safari.


  • Thanks Adam. I'll upgrade to El Capitan as soon as its final release is available.
    – Andre
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 12:07
  • Works in Yossi as well.
    – poige
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 22:18
  • Horrible UX on Apple's part. Why is having to use keyboard and mouse at the same time such a frequent occurrence on macOS? The two should be independently self-sufficient. How hard is it really to list both options in the context menu? Commented Feb 27 at 23:33

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