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Zotero Connector and Safari 13

A beta version of the Zotero Connector for Safari 13 is available.

There's currently an issue where the Zotero beta may need to be redownloaded and reinstalled into Applications after an app update to restore the Zotero Connector functionality in Safari.

Unless you're comfortable running beta software, we recommend saving using the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox, Add Item by Identifier within Zotero itself, or zotero.org/save.

Follow @zotero on Twitter for updates.

Additional Details

While Zotero has offered a Zotero Connector for Safari for many years, in Safari 13 Apple discontinued support for the original type of Safari extension, causing the Zotero Connector and many other extensions to no longer work.

These Safari extensions, which worked similarly to extensions for Chrome and Firefox, were discontinued in favor of Safari App Extensions, a much more limited type of extension that must be distributed as part of a Mac app.

We're working on a Safari App Extension version of the Zotero Connector. Unfortunately, despite their limited functionality, Safari App Extensions require significant development time that isn't required for browsers used by many more users, so we've had to balance it with other development demands.

For the best Zotero experience, you may wish to use the Zotero Connector for Chrome or Firefox instead. Chrome and Firefox provide powerful extension frameworks that allow us to offer advanced functionality such as automatic proxy detection and automatic RIS/BibTeX import, features that weren't possible in Safari even before Apple further restricted what Safari extensions can do.

Note that Zotero is, to our knowledge, the only tool of its kind that has offered a dedicated extension for Safari instead of a much more limited bookmarklet. While Zotero offers a bookmarklet as well, the “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” in the latest versions of Safari can prevent the bookmarklet from working properly as it does in other browsers, so the bookmarklet may not serve as a suitable alternative at this time.

kb/safari_compatibility.1587589028.txt.gz · Last modified: 2020/04/22 16:57 by dstillman