How to search Google from Safari’s address bar

When Google first released Chrome in 2008, it had a feature that many, including me, loved – the “Omnibar.” The Omnibar is Google’s fancy name for the address bar in Chrome, but, it includes one feature that other web browsers don’t – the ability to search Google directly. In many browsers, you have two bars in the toolbar – the first being the traditional address bar and the second is the search bar, which allows you to not go to Google.com, for example, to search for something. Firefox also has the ability to search Google directly from the address bar.б═

One web browser that has lacked this feature is Apple’s Safari, until now. One developer has created an extension for Safari users that allows them to easily search Google directly from the address bar, just like in Chrome. The extension, cleverly dubbed “SafariOmnibar,” is available for download from GitHub here:б═https://github.com/downloads/rs/SafariOmnibar/Safari%20Omnibar-1.1.pkg.б═SafariOmnibar will work for Safari 5.0 (Snow Leopard users) and Safari 5.1 (Lion users).б═

All you have to do is download the extension, run the package, and restart Safari. If you see that the search bar on the right side of the toolbar in Safari has disappeared, you know that the extension has successfully installed. You should now see just one, giant address bar in Safari.б═

Go ahead – you know you want to!

14 comments
rschmerbeck
rschmerbeck

Any tips on how to turn it off once it's been done?  Mine happened automatically somehow and I want it back the old way.  I try to type in an actual web address and it takes me to google, creating an extra step.  Driving me crazy!  Please help.

Shes_Cash
Shes_Cash

this works perfectly OmniBar by Alexey Efimov it can be found in safari>safari extensions>search tools> omnibar

Greacher
Greacher

It's not configurable for keywords the way Chrome is. 

Tough to choose between this and SafariKeywordSearch... I want both!!!

SPzzz
SPzzz

So impatient, Apple said the Safari address bar is going to be dramatically improved at Mountain Lion, just wait a little. Not sure what you want from keywords, but it will let you search with different search providers, give you suggestions from them and your bookmarks which is quite good.

HEkarrar
HEkarrar

If I wish to change the default search engine, where are the settings stored? Thanks!

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

 @HEkarrar Hi, as far as I know, that would require some major code modifications and I'm not really sure on how to do it. The best thing you can try is to directly change the search engine Safari uses in Preferences. 

HEkarrar
HEkarrar

 @itsalltech Ok but I cannot seem to find that setting in the configuration files. There's no option in the Settings menu either, it's only prefilled with Bing, Yahoo, Google.

dominiQue
dominiQue

I lovez it! I haz it! It works deliciously ad uncompromisingly sweet! You were so right, I knew I wanted to, and you knew I knew. Wow, a somewhat revelatory spiritual experience. And God knows how annoying it was to head for the searchbar when your instincts tell you that you actually want to go to the Omnibar... tears of joy! Hope it's clear I wanted to say thank you :D

JarredSuisman
JarredSuisman

Just got my first mac for work. Although I love chrome, it's lack of gesture support and fullscreen has me using safari. This is the tip I have been looking for to mimic chrome's address/search bar. Thank you!

gnyffe
gnyffe

Any instructions how to remove it if someone want ?

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@gnyffe Yes! Navigate to: /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins and trash the file SafariOmnibar.bundle. Restart Safari and it should return to normal

phicsa
phicsa

Works fine with Safari 5.1 on Lion, but could it be that it disables the full screen feature? o.O

Olle
Olle

Great! I have been waiting for this. But this one don't give me the suggestions that chrome do so i stick with chrome for a wile.