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Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)

I'm using Mountain Lion (10.8.5) on my MacBook Pro.

Today, I saw I have one update on my App Store and it was for Safari, so I updated it without thinking.

Now I hate how it looks on TopSites, History, and Bookmark.

I want to go back to Safari 6.0.5


Does anyone know how I can go back to the previous one?


Thank you.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)
  • Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you for the response; however, I am not using Time Machine backup since I don't have external hard drives...

  • AdamFour Level 1 (0 points)

    I would really like to do this too, I can't for the life of me understand why Apple changed the things they did.  It looks and works just like Firefox now, if I wanted Firefox, I would run it.


    I just tried restoring the Safari app from my Time Machine, but it wouldn't let me, saying something like it couldn't delete Safari because it's part of OSX.


    Please, does anybody know a way to revert to the previous Safari?

  • StepanyanMuradyan Level 1 (85 points)

    Really significant for me. Can't stand the new "orientation" of software design. Apple has gain such popularity among users not only by functionality but by "real objects" desing too. Their recent acttions are too much radical. People should have a choice, not beeing hurt by the company because of shameless critics who hate everything what is too good.


    This could be useful:
    But I recommend not to delete the Safari files fast. I still can't bring it back.

  • Alancito Level 6 (11,095 points)

    Sarge10709 wrote:


    I hate how it looks on TopSites, History, and Bookmark.

    You can let Apple know via this page:




  • Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)



    I hear you. I loved skeuomorphism of Apple products. Not minimalism. That's why I keep my iPhone with iOS6. Every time when I open safari and see just tiles of top pages, I feel so sad. I understand there are many people who don't care or care more about processing speed. I wish Apple gave us choices of either go with speed or more for design like Windows did/does(?) with their classical view option.
    And now I'm scared to update my iTunes to 11.1.2... If it will be just tiles again.


    I saw the link before I created this discussion. I even don't know where to find Safari 6.0.5 so I didn't even bother trying so that I won't destroy my computer.

  • ESPRESSO_ME Level 1 (0 points)

    Check this thread and you'll discover the dissatisfaction with Safari 6.1 (Safari 7 for Mavericks) is stirring:  just two threads, yet with users views approaching 700.


    I'm an avid social media and smartphone user, but for my work and my profession, I need more than speed, minimalism, and swishy styling:  I need functionality.  I need computing tools to support my work processes.


    Apple once did so masterfully and intelligently.


    Lately, not so much.  I'm disappointed in the dumbing down of Mac.

  • Jeffrey Dean Level 1 (40 points)

    My problem is even worse. I can just about live with Safari 6.1 in Mountain Lion on my MacBook Air, from which I'm writing this (I've been using Macs since 1985, and I've got used to a lot of changes in visual style). But in Lion 10.7.5 on my 2007 Mac Pro, it behaves unacceptably. If I use the page down key to scroll down, it inverts all the pixels, mirroring the page image upside down, and then jams. It doesn't hang; I can still load a new tab, which will work fine as long as I scroll with the trackpad instead of using the keyboard. But the first page has become unusable.


    I would dearly like to be able to revert to 6.0.5 on my Lion machine (which, remember, is too old to run anything more recent than Lion). Time Machine is no good, as AdamFour discovered. I tried reinstalling 6.0.5 from a standalone installer, then deleting the receipt for 6.1, but I found that 6.1 was still there but now won't launch at all. I'd be grateful for any advice.

  • StepanyanMuradyan Level 1 (85 points)

    I think i have found the solution. It is described on many forums and is a bit routine but it seems the only safe option. You can reinstall your OS (Cmd+R while mac is starting), it will downgrade you to the 10.8, where you can then upgrade to 10.8.5 with combo update and, voila, you have Safari 6.0.5 and a great desing.


    I deleted Safari some days ago and only then discovered that Safari is not downloadable any more. So I went through Terminal, made it even worse, found some installers on the Internet that didn't work, downloaded 10.8.5 combo and took PrivateFrameworks folder and StagedFrameworks folder from there and put it in my System\Library. After that it didn't work again, but I downloaded 6.1 form AppStore again and.. It works! Not 6.0.5, but it's not as impossible as Apple employees say on the forum.


    So, now I made a Time Machine copy of system and going to try the solution described in the beginning. If it works, I will make a copy of that system too. I'll know that I have a working ML full of Jobs-era desing and will be able to update to Mavericks.

  • Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)

    Seems like so much work!!

    I'm afraid if I have to reinstall all the apps on my mbp and may lose all my files since I'm not using time machine, which I should learn how to use, when I reinstall OSX10.8. I guess I will stay with this ugly safari since luckily mine still works. Though, loading YouTube videos gets stuck very often than before (I'm not using HTML5).

  • Jeffrey Dean Level 1 (40 points)

    I followed StepanyanMuradyan's advice and reinstalled the OS from the Recovery partition. In fact, this process on my 2011 MacBook Air carried through with the update all the way to Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Safari 6.0.5. I was prepared to download the combo updater, but that wasn't necessary. I did need to "Reset Safari…" (from the Safari menu), because a number of web sites weren't displaying well, but everything else was smooth.


    In response to Sarge10709's anxiety, this method reinstalls only the OS and associated applications like Safari and Mail. All other applications and documents are left completely alone. You're not risking the loss of anything that matters.

  • Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)



    Thank you for the solution!!! After Jeffrey's advice, I tried the way you described and it WORKED!!!!! I hope you can get your Safari back!!!

    I gave your solution comment "this helped me" before I actually tried it so now I cannot select your answer as "This solved my question" anymore.


    Would you mind posting it again? So whoever sees this can see what to do to get Safari 6.0.5 back as a solution and I can give you the points.


  • Sarge10709 Level 1 (5 points)

    Jeffrey Dean, Thank you for your advice! It worked!!! Now my Safari6.0.5 is BACK! and I lost no data at all! I didn't even have to do reset safari. Anyway, thank you so much!

  • 7sk_city Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Sarge10709,

    Could you please write how did you reinstalled OS without losing all the data? Thank you

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