Privacy Redirect for Safari

by FIGBERT

Privacy Redirect for Safari is a web extension that automatically redirects Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Translate to alternative front-ends like Nitter and Teddit. These front-ends provide users with ways to access the content of popular sites, without exploiting your private information.

Until now, extensions that could do this were limited to users of Chrome and Firefox. Privacy Redirect for Safari expands this functionality to Safari.

Privacy Redirect for Safari running on MacOS Monterey

Unlike other browsers, for many years Safari did not encourage the development of extensions. However, recent updates from Apple have signaled a change in direction, and useful extensions for Safari can finally be developed. Privacy Redirect for Safari is one of the first of this new wave of extensions.

Privacy Redirect for Safari is the first step in creating a wealth of high-quality extensions for Safari. It’s built with the latest and greatest in Apple technologies, like SwiftUI and Safari Web Extensions.

Privacy Redirect for Safari next to a Safari window open to Nitter

Privacy Redirect for Safari is a fork of Simon Brazell’s Chrome and Firefox extension, porting the extension’s functionality to Safari. It solves one of the most frustrating problems with front-ends like Nitter – the need to manually edit links – by having the browser edit them for you.

Privacy Redirect for Safari is the first public release of SMMR Software, a collaboration between FIGBERT and Jacob Neplokh. It’s currently available on macOS, and will arrive on iOS with the release of iOS 15 later this year.

Download the app on the App Store, and explore the source code on GitHub.