I am on Linux - Ubuntu/ Kubuntu 17.04 and I need to test my website on the latest Safari browser. I found this answer so I downloaded the release from this site. This is what I downloaded webkitgtk-2.16.1.tar.xz

I unzipped it but how can I use/ run it?

I also came across this https://saucelabs.com/ but not sure how reliable it is. Any other open source options?


I installed midori browser which usess the webkit rendering engine. I managed to reproduce the error on a page that was initially found using a safari browser.


IMO it is far far far easier to use the online tools then to install hundreds of browsers.

See - https://www.browserstack.com/screenshots or similar tools, you can test hundreds of browsers very very very easily.

If you wish to run safari, IMO, easiest to use wine. See Opera and Safari installation

  • tried that already. safari on wine is version 5 only. i need safari 10. – laukok May 2 '17 at 17:54
  • what is IMO btw? – laukok May 2 '17 at 17:55
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    Try this - html5doctor.com/html-5-reset-stylesheet . The problem is that although there are standards for web servers / HTML and css, each browser has its own defaults. I zero out the css and then write css works almost always. Also no 2 browsers will always render the page 100 % the same if I come close enough on the major browsers - Done. – Panther May 2 '17 at 18:00
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    Yes in that case you are probably better off rendering a page based on browser identification. See w3.org/community/webed/wiki/… . Personally I use browser detection but at least you have options. Also, although I use new and advanced features, when seeking the most cross platform compatibility there is always a lag as not all browsers keep pace. Either write to the lowest common technology, detect brower/ features or don't try to please them all depending on your needs. – Panther May 2 '17 at 18:09
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    Browser / Feature detection is a PITA as technology always changes. So as soon as Safari updates it's supported features , or as soon as there is a new version of HTML, you have to re-write all your browser / feature detection so IMO this is the least desirable option of the 3. For professional sites go least common denominator and let features lag. For personal sites I write the code I want and tell users who complain to my code is HTMO / css compliant and they need file a bug report with their browser. – Panther May 2 '17 at 18:23

As Aurovrata said, Midori is working.

On Debian there's also the browser "Web" which is preinstalled:


It's also a webkit browser and I was able to fix my issue with it, on Ubuntu (and Debian) it is provided by the epiphany-browser package:

sudo apt install epiphany-browser
  • that's a good find, here is a comparison of Midori vs Epiphany which seems comparable. Both browsers are available in the distribution now. – Aurovrata Dec 5 '19 at 8:27

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