I have chosen "Block popup windows" in Safari's security tab, yet there are a couple of sites for work that still use popups for login etc. Is there a way to add exceptions (in advanced settings or directly in the plist file perhaps?) Or maybe via a Safari extension?

  • use Adblocker, allow pop-ups in safari, then add a rule to addblocker
    – OzzieSpin
    Sep 21, 2016 at 20:04

2 Answers 2


Yes, with Safari Version 12 or higher, you can allow popups for a specific website. Here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Right click on the URL (when you're NOT in a text entry mode)

    Menu when you click on the URL

  2. Select "Settings for This Website..."

  3. Select "Allow" under "Pop-up Windows"

    Website settings

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    Does not work for me: Safari 11.1.2 in macOS 10.11.6.
    – lhf
    Jan 28, 2019 at 10:02
  • Can you not get the initial menu to come up? If not, one thing to check is that you’re not in text entry mode in the URL field — try clicking on the page first, and then right clicking on the URL. Jan 28, 2019 at 14:35
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    Sorry for the lack of detail. There is no "Pop-up Windows" entry in Safari 11.1.2 in macOS 10.11.6.
    – lhf
    Jan 28, 2019 at 14:51
  • Ah, thanks for letting me know. I’ll edit my answer. Jan 28, 2019 at 15:10

There isn't any exception list for popups in Safari. It's an "all-or-nothing" approach for now.

I recommend telling Apple your thoughts on the Safari feedback page: http://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html

EDIT 12/20: This answer is correct as of the time it was written. Since then, Apple has added the ability to control popups per site. This answer by @matt-chandler is the correct one for newer versions of Safari. I'm leaving this answer here in case it helps people on older versions of Safari.


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