Hover for Safari 4+

Expand Images, Links, and GIFs

Justin Epstein

    • 4.3 • 52 Ratings
    • Free



Hover for Safari allows you to expand any image, link, or GIF just by hovering over it. With extensive support for popular websites, you'll be able to browse media-heavy content with ease. Say goodbye to clicking links and loading a new webpage just to view an image. Hover for Safari brings the image to you, so you don't have to lift a finger - literally.

You can disable Hover for Safari for any websites you choose. Just click on the toolbar icon (magnifying glass) and then click "Preferences."

YouTube links now work with Hover for Safari. Make sure to enable Auto-Play in Safari by clicking on "Safari → Preferences... → Websites → Auto-Play → Allow All Auto-Play" for YouTube links to work properly.

Hotkey Mode can now be enabled on Hover for Safari's preferences page. In Hotkey Mode, images, videos, and links will only be expanded while the "Shift" key is held down on your keyboard.

What’s New

Version 2.7

- The option to enable "Whitelist Mode" is now available.
- The option to hide image captions is now available.
- You can now choose whether YouTube links play videos or show thumbnails.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

RichardDaniels ,

Speedy, simple

Overall I love this extension, but there is one very annoying bug. If hotkey mode (which uses the shift key -- not configurable) is enabled and you switch tabs using ctrl-shift-tab or leave Safari while holding shift, then when you return to the original tab, images will hovered even if you aren't pressing shift -- presumably, when a tab loses focus, a key-down event is registered, and when you return to it there's no key-up sent, which leaves it in a broken state. Ideally this extension would refresh the state of the shift key when returning to a tab.

MisterGD3 ,

Works as expected

easy to set up and works somewhat consistently

Markatucla ,

Just what I have been looking for

Similar functionality has been available for other browsers for years, but sadly missing in Safari. This little extension makes browsing for anything with images much more efficient.

I appreciate several of the extra features, including hotkeys to enable zooming, and the site-specific zoom options.

Running now on Big Sur 11.2.2 without any trouble.

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The developer, Justin Epstein, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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