I loved vimari but the Mojave update made it no longer work because of the stronger permissions system. Is there any way to install this safely, or barring that make extensions work again?

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    Yes, Vimari is now available on the Mac App Store. I guess it the devs a while to update the code base to make it work with the App Store, and then it took Apple a while longer to approve it. apps.apple.com/us/app/vimari/id1480933944 Unfortunately, it seems to be the only option, for now. Fortunately, it works well.
    – Yogesch
    Oct 16 '19 at 5:15
  • Vimari now is available in Mac App Store and works.
    – xji
    Dec 13 '20 at 9:31

vimari currently has a somewhat experimental process to compile and install it locally for Safari 12, detailed here:


Note: We are currently working on improving this installation flow, as well as the extension itself. Because vimari now has to be released as a Safari App Extension instead of a Safari Extension it requires some fundamental changes to the code. We can't guarantee that all the features work in this version. It's a learning process for us so bare with us.

  1. Clone this repo
    $ git clone git@github.com:guyht/vimari.git
  2. Open the Swift project located at app_extension/vimari in Xcode
  3. Configure the Signing settings for both the vimari and extension targets to use your information rather than the Vimari team's (see this SO answer for more information).
  4. If you want different settings than the default ones, make your changes in settings.js. You can always come back later to change the settings again.
  5. Build and run the project (⌘ + r)
  6. An empty GUI box will show up - ignore it (we'll fix it later). Go to Safari and open up settings (⌘ + ,). Go to Extensions and you should see vimari in the list of extensions. Enable it.
  7. You may now press stop in Xcode and close Xcode. The extension will be available even if you restart Safari.

This was tested on High Sierra with Safari Technology Preview (version 12). Let us know if something is not working for you.


I am working on Vimac, which is Vimium but for macOS. It supports Safari.

Check out the demo:


You can try out the beta here:


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