Before Safari 9, I was able to install any extension on Safari without any problems, but after Apple updated its Developer Program, it seems that I can't install extensions not already signed by Apple and in Safari Extension Gallery. I had two untrusted extensions installed and working, but had to remove those and I can't install them again.

I'm still having hope, because when I double click the extension file, Safari shows me a dialog like this:

Safari screen shot

But nothing happens when I click on Trust. It just dismisses the dialog and won't install the extension. Is there any way I can install this extension?


4 Answers 4


Copied from: Safari 9 - I cannot install extensions

To install a .safariextz file, go to:

  • System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard (for OS X 10.11.4+)


  • System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Full Keyboard Access (for OS X 10.11.1 to 10.11.3)

Then at the bottom of that dialog box, change the Full Keyboard Access:... option from Text boxes and lists only to All controls. You can then dismiss that System Preferences window.

Then, return to installing the extension. Double click your Safari Extension file and when the "Are you sure you want to install..." dialog box appears, do not click on the Trust button. Instead, use tab to select the Trust button and then confirm by hitting space. That should install the extension as required.

  • I am on 10.11.4 and there is no Full Keyboard Access in Shortcuts
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:59
  • On 10.11.4 it's now just called "Keyboard". The rest of the instruction is still fine. I'll update the answer itself. (But what a bizarre solution to the problem! Thanks Ruud!)
    – tkp
    Apr 8, 2016 at 20:26
  • 1
    I've had to revert, for a second time, inappropriate cosmetic changes. Can we please just leave it as it is. My intention was to have the SysPref path instructions stand out, and to also make sure the OS X version dependency stood out. Also, I explicitly mention "mouse-click" to emphasize that not using the mouse is the essence of this workaround.
    – tkp
    May 14, 2016 at 0:59
  • Why is it that way? I mean, that can't be an expected behavior.
    – Nemo64
    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:43
  • @Nemo64 I wish I knew. Perhaps it's something that's broken with my profile, or installation. Haven't had a fresh install to test it though. Jul 28, 2017 at 13:07

So after contacting one of the developers of an "untrusted" extension, they pointed out that this can be done normally in safe mode. You can boot your Mac in safe mode by holding down Shift when booting.

Beware that your Mac performs really slow in safe mode, so download the extension you want to install before booting in safe mode.

This is the Apple Documentation page which points out there's no need for all extensions to be hosted on Safari Extensions Gallery.


Try using the tab key to select "trust" and the space bar to click it. For whatever reason, this works for me.


This problem also exists when using macOS Sierra 10.12 with a remote desktop client (like VNC). The solution is to install the extension directly on the physical machine.

Not sure about other version of OS X.

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