Firefox downloads my PDF files straight to "Downloads", Safari opens them "in-page".
I need PDF files to save to a file, not to open.
Is there a setting make Safari download PDF files instead of opening them in-page?
Open up a terminal window: ⌘space and type Terminal. Hit enter when its highlighted. When you get to the terminal prompt, type the following command:
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES
You won't get a response at the command line, but once you restart Safari it will no longer open them in the browser.
To take it a step further while you're there, you can keep it from opening them once they are downloaded with this one:
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoOpenSafeDownloads -bool NO
This last command achieves what the other answer suggests.
You can make Safari on the Mac download ANY files (mp3, mp4, jpg, pdf and more) by doing the following.
The file you are viewing downloads to the Downloads folder on the mac.
I've tested this with almost all file types possible. Very very useful little feature that unfortunately too few people know about.
As has been noted by others, the accepted answer that modifies the Safari plist does not work as of Sierra (Safari 10+?).
The method I used (on High Sierra) was to navigate to
/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/ (terminal or via Go in finder). There were two plugins
AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin. I moved both of these to the
/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/Disabled\ Plug-Ins directory. Upon restart, Safari stopped automatically opening pdfs in its viewer.
I haven't been able to find the relevant .plist setting to disable or modify this behavior in a less "brute" way.
None of the right-click stuff that should be working is working properly for me (I have a very fussy link). But I have found that if you are looking at the document in-page, if you hover towards the bottom of the window you should get a black control bar... the disk icon will save the pdf to disk.
Safari automatically opens many files in the browser window. If you want to download any of those files follow these steps:
1) Click on the
Firefox menu and select
2) In the window that opens click on the
3) In the column named
Content Type scroll down to the type of content you are trying to download (or type the file type in the search field)
5) When you find it, click on the action popup (to the right) and change it from
Preview in Safari to
6) Try the pasting the URL of the file you want to download into the browser again and it should now start to download (or ask you where to save it!)
From this article:
Go into the Preferences and simply un-tick the option Open “safe” files after downloading.