I'm looking for an extensions (or built in feature?) of Safari that does the same as Multi-Containers for Firefox. I need different users/containers to separate private browsing from different works contexts.

I found this older post Multiple user accounts in Safari like in Chrome? and tried Google but not much came out of it.

Maybe someone knows a hidden gem

  • Nor a real nor a complete solution, but if your intention is to separate a specific website (like Facebook), you could use a secondary browser just for Facebook. Unfortunately this doesn't happen automatically, but at least you won't have to share the same cookies.
    – fregante
    Oct 8 '20 at 3:25
  • As mentioned it's more about separating work contexts and stuff. But having 5+ secondary browser doesn't sound too good :D
    – soupdiver
    Oct 9 '20 at 7:18
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    AGREED!!! i was just introduced to the Firefox Containers extension and it's AWESOME! but i still prefer to use Safari for most of my browsing. it would be great to have that feature. Nov 30 '20 at 1:00
  • @SyberKnight overall people using Firefox containers are so fond of the feature that it's most certain that Safari, Chrome and the rest will add it at some point. The only question is: when? Dec 16 '20 at 8:19

Apple just published changes to Safari at WWDC 2021 detailing a new feature called Tab Groups. But it seems to be more like other tab grouping solutions similar to Edge Collections. It will not offer multiple user accounts and full isolation like the FireFox Containers. Apple Safari will of course, sync the tab groups across iOS 15 and macOS Monterey systems.

Safari uses the current Mac user and there is no concept of switching users in Safari. You can enable Fast User Switching on macOS and switch between user accounts entirely. That's what I do with the family iMac so each family member has their own account.

Perhaps this fall, Safari Tab Groups will be close enough to what you are looking to accomplish. Minus the user account isolation.

  • hehe we will see... but we're not quite there yet :D
    – soupdiver
    Jun 14 '21 at 6:39
  • Not directly related. Google, Mozilla, and Apple is also working on an extension standard that will allow you to use the same extensions across the browsers. Of course we can expect that not all APIs are exposed uniformly as we know it from the browsers.
    – Michael
    Jul 28 '21 at 2:03

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