Apple’s Safari browser market share up 46% year-over-year

Apple Store“According to Market Share [NetApplications], Apple computer’s Safari Web browser continues to gain market share in the Internet browser arena,” Switch To A Mac reports.

“In August 2005, Safari’s market share was 2.20 percent. In August 2006, Safari’s market share comes in at 3.21 percent… The rise from 2.20 to 3.21 represents a year-over-year growth of 46 percent (rounded to the nearest whole percent) for the month of August,” Switch To A Mac reports.

“Also note that Safari is only available on Mac OS X. Safari’s 46 percent rise year-over-year for August is a clear sign that the Mac user base is expanding,” Switch To A Mac writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: NetApplications’ browser market share trend for ‘Safari’ for September, 2005 to August, 2006 does show a year-over-year upward trend, however, it must be noted that the high point for the past year period was 3.30% set in April 2006 and it has been largely flat in 2006. Whether this “flatness” is attributable to Apple’s Intel transition is unknown. The data does show that most of the gain was made between September 2005 and December 2005.

According to NetApplications:

Browser Market Share Trend

This report lists the market share of the top browsers in use. This data is derived by aggregating the traffic across our network of websites that use our service.
Data is aggregated monthly and is available to subscribers for the prior month shortly after the current month begins.

About Our Market Share Statistics

This data provides valuable insight into significant trends for internet usage. These statistics include monthly information on key statistics such as browser trends (e.g. Internet Explorer vs. Firefox market share), search engine referral data (e.g. Yahoo vs. MSN vs. Google traffic market share) and operating system share.

We use a unique methodology for collecting this data. We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on demand network of small to medium enterprise live stats customers. The sample size for these sites is more than 40,000 urls. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly basis.

In addition, we classify 300+ referral sources identified as a search engine. Aggregate traffic referrals from these engines are summarized and reported monthly. The statistics for search engines include both organic and sponsored referrals. The websites in our population represent dozens of countries in regions including North America, South America, Western Europe, Australia / Pacific Rim and Parts of Asia. Users should note that no double byte search engines are included in the search engine referral population.

The data is made available free of charge on a monthly basis that includes monthly browser market share trends, top search engine referrals, and operating systems trends.

Additional estimates about the website population:
76% participate in pay per click programs to drive traffic to their sites.
43% are commerce sites
18% are corporate sites
10% are content sites
29% classify themselves as other (includes gov, org, search engine marketers etc..)


  1. I don’t that the % of Safari users on the web is as closely related to the % of Mac users as it used to be. With Firefox gaining market share very quickly and Opera free (plus all the other good browsers like Camino & Shiira) it’s fair to say that there are a lot more Mac users than just the Safari users.

  2. I’m a Mac OS X user who does not use Safari regularly. From the people I know personally (who are Mac users), only about half use Safari as their default browser. But new users are likely to use Safari initially before they find out about the other excellent alternatives. So the rise is probably due to a surge of recent Mac converts. That’s very good…

  3. I tried firefox and it seems to load pages slower that Safari. Then I tried Opera. I liked it for a while but some crucial content doesn’t show up and it didn’t show much speed improvement. From my personal use, i find Safari to be the best one.

    What are the benefits of the others?

  4. “Some of the increase will be due to users moving away from Internet Explorer on Mac”
    I am not too sure who the heck would be using the Mac version of IE it was discontinues a long while ago and is a very very old build. I doubt anyone would be using it for years!

  5. >What are the benefits of the others?

    If you use Mac OS 10.3.9 instead of 10.4.x, you’re stuck with the older version of Safari (not 2.0). Shiira is a great alternative (using the same base code as Safari), that does work with 10.3.9.

    Some users have been using the Mozilla Suite for a long time, and through “momentum,” they continue to use that email/browser combo application. The current version is renamed SeaMonkey and continues to be updated. They’re just comfortable with it, and its actually pretty good.

    Firefox has its extensions and themes, and some users like that customizing aspect of Firefox.

    I think its “Gecko” siblng Camino is an excellent alternative browser. There are a few sites that Safari does not like and a Mozilla-based browser like Camino (or Firefox) may work better in those now rare cases.

  6. Me – I, I use to be a browser switcher.
    Crowd – Hello Steeeeve!
    Me – I use to go from browser to browser trying out different features and oh and aw at the new kinds of eye candy, even use that blue “e” for awhile, not bad.
    Now I use Safari. I love that program! Tab browsing, pop-up blockers, drag-n-drop customization, RSS, menu syncing, it just works. A lot of this stuff has been added to other browsers but I keep coming back to Safari.

    And no one is telling me NOT to use it because it’s not safe!!!!!! Cool!

    To be fair, Safari did slow down for a while, but I switched to Open DNS and now it’s back up to its lightning self again. Turns out it wasn’t Safari after all.

  7. On the topic: I am Mac:Firefox user who is therefore not counted as a Safari user. I think safari market share is only valid as a minimum percentage of Mac presence.

    Slightly off topic: I have an issue with Firefox’s handling of Quicktime. When scrolling in Firefox the quicktime window behaves very erratically. The image stretches, flickers, and moves independent from the page.

    On the other hand, Safari handles quicktime excellently. But, I am often annoyed with Safari when I am scrolling down a page and pass over a quicktime window. I immediately lose my scrolling and instead rewind or fast-forward the video. I wish this behavior was controllable in preferences.

    Of course this is the same reason I hate MDN’s ConnectLink rollover advertising. I cannot scroll in peace.

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