Written by Alexander Shutau
1. Configure brightness and contrast to fit your display, choose between Dynamic and Filter mode, toggle individual websites, auto-toggle by system dark mode preferences.
Latest Version: 1.3.0
Rated 4.8/5 By 120 People
What does Dark Reader for Safari do? This eye-care extension enables night mode creating dark themes for websites on the fly. Dark Reader inverts bright colors making them high contrast and easy to read at night. It perfectly suits to system dark mode.
Choose the best color scheme to fit your display, toggle individual websites.
Before you install disable similar extensions. Activate Dark Reader in Safari Settings. Enjoy watching!
Download and Install Dark Reader for Safari
Dark Reader for Safari
Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.
If you want to download the software on your windows pc or mac, you could either first visit the Mac store or Microsoft AppStore and search for the app OR you can easily use any of the download links we provided above under the "Download and Install" header section to download the application
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Works great for most websites, so...
This is part a review and part feedback. Dark Reader in dynamic mode works great for about 9 out of 10 websites. For those that don't look great, often times, switching from dynamic to filter mode fixes everything. Obviously, that's why they added the "set up a custom theme for current website" option. I wish, though, that the community of users could submit the custom theme to a list of websites that benefit from a settings change, so that over time Dark Reader could adjust the settings on behalf of users. I'm not sure if it'd raise a security issue to have an extension sending browsing information back to the extension's developers, but it would definitely make the extension a lot more seamless, or if it's possible to anonymize that data. In an ideal world, users should barely have to touch the Dark Reader options.
Additionally, I wish the settings were adjustable from within the mac app, rather than just in the toolbar. I'm just tired of having a bunch applications for extensions that don't do much cluttering up my applications folder.
Would be perfect with one addition
Overall this app is awesome. I love how you can disable it on websites which don't play well with the extension.
What is lacking though, is the ability to use dynamic mode vs filter mode on a site by site basis. I use dynamic mode as the look is much more consistent, but on several sites it renders the page blank but filter mode works just fine. I'd like to be able to set these sites to use filter mode as opposed to having to disable the extension for the site which then renders this one bright white website with all others being a nice dark mode.
For me, it's the only thing holding this back from 5 stars.
Works about 80% of the Time
I estimate that Dark Reader for Safari works for about 80% of the websites I visit. There are 2 main modes, Dynamic and Filter. Dynamic is supposed to look better and Filter is faster. However, I don't find that Dynamic usually looks better, so I've been using Filter. On some websites, Dark Reader inverts everything, including photos so that they look like negatives, which is not good. On other websites, fonts become unreadable because they are the same color as the background. I contacted the developer about this but he has not responded. Lastly, the free Chrome extension contains more options than the paid Safari version, which makes no sense. The developer's website says "Most of the features will be ported soon," but who knows when that will be.
Works well, but requires extensive permissions
Update: Have removed another star in light of the developer's disingenuous response. The warning text I quoted in my original review below comes from Dark Reader's own preferences pane in Safari!
The issue is not whether or not the developer is currently exploiting these permissions, but that they *can* be exploited, unlike Content Blocker extensions (e.g., Wipr, whose preference pane reports that it "does not have permission to read or transmit content from any webpages."
The developer's contention that "Every update passes manual review by Apple" is hardly adequate assuagement; here are a few headlines from September 2018 that a quick search turned up: "Mac App Store apps are stealing user data", "More malicious apps found in Mac App Store that are stealing user data", and "Top-grossing Mac App Store app steals users’ browser histories".
Original review: The Mac App Store should really list the required permissions for apps. Dark Reader works beautifully, but requires full access to webpage contents ("Can read sensitive information from webpages, including passwords, phone numbers, and credit cards on all webpages") and browsing history ("Can see when you visit all webpages"). If this were disclosed before purchase, it would be a 5 star app.