I keep a lot of local HTML files on my machine, including my home page. Whenever I first open Safari, and often when going to any local file, I will receive an error. Hitting refresh (or, for the home page, the home button again) fixes the problem... until the next time you try to go anywhere.

Usually opening a link in a new tab prevents this from occurring; opening a link in the same tab almost always sees the error.

I realize "wait for Apple to get around to fixing it" is a valid answer; I also realize "use a different browser" is a valid answer. I'm hoping, instead, for a setting change I can make, or HTML tag I can add to my metric badger-load of files, to prevent this error without swapping browsers or waiting for an update (since it's already been happening for quite some time).

The error:

Safari Can't Open the Page

Safari can't open the page. The error is "The operation couldn't be completed.

(kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork error 1.)" (kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork:1)

Some potentially useful information:

macOS Mojave Version 10.14.4 (On a desktop, if that matters.)

Safari Version 12.1 (14607.

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    Some Googling on kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork error 1 indicates that it may be a file permissions error ... somewhere. That's all I got.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented May 31, 2019 at 1:24
  • Interesting, I'm getting the same thing on Catalina PB 4 with Safari 13.0 Have you been able to figure anything out yet? Commented Aug 10, 2019 at 23:30
  • You might have some luck with this solution: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/366448/… Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 15:43
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    @MattSephton I'll check it when I get home today!
    – Ghotir
    Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 19:08
  • I must have a different version of Safari - or different permissions - because that option didn't exist. I poked around for a bit with similar settings, but wasn't able to change the issue. I'll spend more time over the next few days (as time permits) investigating.
    – Ghotir
    Commented Aug 13, 2019 at 16:42

3 Answers 3


I was having the same issue with my homepage which is stored locally on my mac. Putting the HTML files in the Applications folder seemed to solve the problem.

I know it's not the best solution but at least I don't get an error anymore when opening a new tab.

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    Just putting the home page here - and none of the other pages - seems to have fixed the problem. As you stated, it's sub-optimal... but better than hitting refresh every time I hit home.
    – Ghotir
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 13:19

I was having the same issue. However, I also use Microsoft Edge and at some point, Edge asked me for permission and it worked again, though in Safari it didn't.

So I compared permissions and found out Edge got some permissions Safari never asked for. Giving Safari the permission "Full disk access" within System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Privacy tab> Full Disk Access , click the '+' to Add Software, then locate Safari to add to the list. This solved the issue for me.


I encountered this error message when opening HTML files stored on my local OneDrive folder.

Moving the files into a directory outside of OneDrive solved the issue. As an alternative, you could consider using a different browser to open HTML files. Chrome had no issues opening files stored on OneDrive.

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