Mac OS X - How to Set the Default Browser

December 2016

The Safari web browser comes pre-installed with Mac OS X, but other alternatives exist. Choosing your default web browser is a matter of personal preference and this tutorial explains how to edit this setting in Mac OS X.

Alternatives to Safari

The first step is to download the web browser software you want to use and install it on your Mac:


Firefox for Mac OS X
Google Chrome for Mac OS X
Opera for Mac OS X

Setting your default browser

As from Mac OS X Yosemite, this setting can be changed via Safari's settings:


Open Safari and then click on the Safari menu > Preferences > General tab. Click on the Default browser menu and make your selection from the software installed on your Mac.

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