Is there a quick way or shortcut to duplicate a tab in Safari?

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Safari 13.1 finally added Duplicate Tab functionality, in both the contextual menu on tabs and in the Window > Duplicate Tab menu.

It doesn't come with a keyboard shortcut by default, but you can create your own keyboard shortcut in Keyboard preferences. (Internet Explorer, where this feature seems to have originated, used + K.)

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  • Nice! Looks like it duplicates navigation history as well. – Dag Høidahl Mar 31 at 20:55

I have two alternatives:

  1. Press Cmd+L (go the Location/Search field), then Cmd+Return.
  2. Click the back button (<), then press Cmd while clicking the forward button (>).

Both of these will open a tab in the background. (Often, Cmd + click opens the click target's reference in a new tab.)

If you also press Shift while performing the second step of either of these alternatives, the tab will open in the foreground.

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    Cmd/L, Cmd/Return, for me. You don't even need to let go of Cmd. – Tetsujin Nov 29 '15 at 8:50
  • Would draging the favicon to the tab bar work? – Ismael Miguel Nov 29 '15 at 15:17
  • @IsmaelMiguel In El Capitan, getting at the favicon is not easy. First you have to click the location field, then you have to aim for the favicon, and then drag it to the tab placeholder marked +, which is also small and difficult to aim for. It works, but it is not a "quick way". – Dag Høidahl Nov 29 '15 at 23:09
  • How is it possible to be that cumbersome to do the basic stuff: a drag-and-drop? But you didnt specify it is on El Capitan. You said "Safari", nothing else. – Ismael Miguel Nov 29 '15 at 23:12
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    @IsmaelMiguel For a keyboard oriented person, a shortcut is often faster because the fingers don't have to be moved to the pointing device and one can rely on muscle memory instead of aiming. When the targets are small, drag and drop becomes more cumbersome. (The question relates to Safari in general, but my comment relates to Safari El Capitan, which is the only release I can test.) – Dag Høidahl Nov 29 '15 at 23:22
  1. + L
  2. + Enter

How it works: The first step "Highlights the URL." (File > Open Location...). The second step "Opens the URL in a new background tab."

I'm usually a Chrome user, but I just tested it. It works on Safari, too. I can't find a reference for Safari, but here is that for Chrome. (under Mac > Address bar shortcuts)

Edit: Trauts beat me to it while I was formatting the key glyph. Feel free to ignore my answer and upvote him!

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    It does not require 2 separate steps, just simple press literally ⌘+L+Enter (⌘+L+Return) in one action and it duplicates the Tab. – user3439894 Nov 29 '15 at 17:54
  • @user3439894 That's still invoking two separate commands even if you don't lift the ⌘ key between them. – devios1 Jul 19 '19 at 20:56
  • @devios1, The issue is not the number of commands. The answer states two steps, ⌘L and then ⌘Enter but you do not need to do it in two steps, simple simultaneous press ⌘+L+Enter in that order without letting up any key until having pressed all threes keys in order. That's one step! – user3439894 Jul 19 '19 at 22:13
  • @user3439894 It’s improper to do that though. The L and Enter keys are not part of the same command. You should release the L before hitting Enter. Keeping command held down is fine as it’s just a modifier. Even if it technically works, it is not good advice the other way as the system is not treating it as a single command. – devios1 Jul 19 '19 at 22:16
  • @devios1, RE: "It’s improper to do that though"... Who are you, the keyboard police? When Steve Jobs comes back from the grave and tells me to no longer Think Different, I'll still continue to do what works regardless! – user3439894 Jul 19 '19 at 22:31

Press Cmd+L (go the Location/Search field), then Cmd+Shift+Return to open the same page in a new tab.

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    How does ⌘⇧Return differ from ⌘Return? – Dag Høidahl Dec 15 '15 at 21:21
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    It opens in a new foreground tab. ⌘Return opens in a background tab. – orkoden Dec 16 '15 at 10:49

Hold cmd then press L, after that C, after that T, after that V and finally release cmd and press enter. Usually use this so i'm an expert in this and can do this under a milisec. :D Or you make an automator workflow with this.

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    Oh Chrome, how I love the fact I can just right click on a tab and select "Duplicate". – Insane Nov 29 '15 at 2:08
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    @Gabi - take a look at the top answer... will save yourself a few unnecessary keystrokes there :) – Charlie74 Nov 29 '15 at 17:58
  • @Charlie74 yes, there are some unnecessary steps but usually I'm too lazy to use the mouse :) – csabigabi Nov 30 '15 at 17:27

Run the following AppleScript via FastScripts, Keyboard Maestro, or other AppleScript-runner utility.

# Duplicate Safari Tab next to itself.
set js to "
var docURL = document.URL;
var open_link = window.open('','_blank');
tell application "Safari"
  tell front document
    do JavaScript js
  end tell
end tell

Or place this JavaScript in a bookmark on the Favorites Bar and access via [0-9] or mouse-click.

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  • I like the bookmarklet and the hotkey tip. – Dag Høidahl Dec 4 '15 at 11:41

If you use this a lot i sugest that you change your Safari Settings under "General" you can set "New Tabs open with:" there you select "Same Page"

Now you can just use Cmd-t for open tab an it opens op the same page.

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Cmd L + Enter is very easy. But it's only a copy of the current URL, it's not a copy of the tab: I can't navigate backwards in the copied tab.

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    I think you're missing a new tab command somewhere? ⌘L,↩︎ just refreshes the existing tab. Did you mean ⌘L,⌘C,⌘T,⌘V,↩︎? – grg Feb 6 '17 at 16:47
  • I think your reply is better suited as a comment to an answer, not an answer in itself. You're right, though, as far as I know, none of the answers make a tab copy including the history. On the other hand, having a new tab with the current page will "free up" the original tab for history navigation. – Dag Høidahl Feb 7 '17 at 8:48

I believe that Tetsujin has the best answer (see above).

I read the above tips and tried several. Not noticing his tip at first I accidentally found the same solution, but for it to work this way you must have Safari's preferences set appropriately.

I am using El Capitan, OS X 10.11.1 and Safari 9.01. This tip works because we previously 1) opened Safari's Preferences dialog (Cmd/Comma), 2) selected the Tabs tab, 3) set the "Open pages in tabs instead of windows" drop-down list box to Automatically and 4) enabled the three check boxes just below that. What this does is mostly self-explanatory - text in the dialog box tells what each choice means.

Cmd/L, Cmd/Return - that's the entire tip!. Simple isn't it?

Cmd/L means Open Location and has the effect of opening the current URL in Safari's Smart Search field and selects it.

Cmd/Return means Open a page in a new tab. The URL in the Smart Search field opens in a new tab.

You can type this as 1) press Cmd and hold it while 2) you press L then 3) release L and press Return. You then 4) release both the Cmd and Return keys and you are done.

These two sets of keypresses will create a duplicate of the tab you are on and make it active.

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If you don't want to use several key inputs there's a plugin for just duplication. I can't recall the name of it just now but I have used it before.

Edit: Found a plugin that does what you're looking for, it's not the one I have personally used for a long time but still does what you want. Pugin: http://thiemo.ch/safari/

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cmd + [ to go back one page, then hold cmd and click the forward arrow to open a new tab of the page you were just on.

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The Tab Duplicator extension does the job, adding both the toolbar menu and an item in current page's context menu.

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You can now right click on a tab and select "Duplicate Tab".

I'm on Version 13.1 (15609. of Safari.

This is huge, when did this happen? Wednesday.

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