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.
Configure brightness and contrast to fit your display, choose between Dynamic and Filter mode, toggle individual websites, auto-toggle by system dark mode preferences.
Before you install disable similar extensions. Activate Dark Reader in Safari preferences. Enjoy watching!
- Fixed Auto appearance in macOS Catalina.
Ratings and Reviews
Best Dark Mode plugin for Safari, but could be better
This is hands-down the best Dark Mode Plugin for Safari. Compared to the other plugins I've tried, the quality of the rendered page is just worlds better in Dark Reader. Very good results.
Still, this extension could be beter. While Dark Reader permits the use of domain-specific overrides, there is currently no way to change settings for a sub-page on a site. Also, it costs $5, which is a lot considering this same plugin is free on other browsers, and the fact that the Safari version has a more limited feature set. I'm willing to excuse this to a certain degree because the market for similar extensions on Safari is not very competitive right now. Plus, I'm willing to bet that the Safari version follows a separate development track due to the way Apple structured things.
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.
Developer Response ,
You can now customize theme for any website, click "More theme options" and click on website domain name.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.