Thursday, June 14, 2007

Uninstalling Safari 3 Public Beta for Mac

If you have trouble with Safari 3 Public Beta and you want to revert to Safari 2, the first thing you should try to do is run the uninstaller that came with it. If you already trashed it, you can download it again from here.

If the uninstaller doesn't work for some reason, you can try restoring the original Safari application and WebKit framework using the hidden backup made by the installer. You can find the backup by clicking on the Finder in the Dock, then pressing Command-Shift-G and typing or pasting "/Library/Application Support/Apple/" (without quotation marks). Details can be found here, plus you'll need my freeware app Invisibility Toggler to see the hidden archive. After running Invisibility Toggler, click on ".SafariBetaArchive.tar.gz" and press Command-D to duplicate the file. Remove the period from the copy's file name, then run Invisibility Toggler again. Double-click on the archive, then double-click on the second archive if necessary. You should now have a folder containing the old Safari application and WebKit and JavaScriptGlue system frameworks. If you can't figure out what to do from here, please check the discussion thread linked below at the Apple Discussions forum.

Based on a tip from "boxhead" on the Apple Discussions forum.

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