Combine Safari’s URL and Search Bars with Safari Omnibar

Aug 5, 2011 - 28 Comments

Safari Omnibar combines the Search and URL bars

One of the best things about Google Chrome’s user interface is the combined URL and search bar, where a single input bar serves both purposes, but is smart enough to know the difference between a search query and a URL. Safari doesn’t have this feature, but Omnibar fills that gap.

Safari Omnibar combines Safari’s URL bar and search bar into a single searchable input, stripping away the extra search box and simplifying the browsers interface.

Install Omnibar for Safari

Safari Omnibar works with Safari 5 and 5.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7. It’s a SIMBL plugin, but the installer also includes SIMBL.

You can download Omnibar here, it’s free and open source. All you need to do is quit Safari, run the pkg installer, and Omnibar will work upon next launch, with the search bar hiding on it’s own.

Uninstall Omnibar

If you decided you don’t want Omnibar with Safari any longer, go to:

/Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins/

And remove ‘SafariOmnibar.bundle’ or, if you want to combine this into a single string from the command line:

rm /Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins/SafariOmnibar.bundle

You don’t want to delete the entire SIMBL plugin folder because apps like Maximizer for Lion and Visor require SIMBL in order to work as well.

Great find via HicksDesign, where the screenshot comes from too.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

28 Comments

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  1. roquefella says:

    awesome… was searchin’ for somethin’ like that for ages

  2. Feiro says:

    This is a great find. Why on Earth does Apple with it’s obsession with reduction still have that stupid search box in Safari?

  3. Alberto says:

    Superlative!!

  4. Chris says:

    This is great! Was looking for that for a long time.

  5. Steve Ballmer says:

    No thanks. Chrome is too much of a f’ed up browser for Safari to draw any inspiration from. I like it just the way it is – URL bar and search bar separated. None of that Chrome bs for me.

    • bcarney says:

      Steve Ballmer, you’ll need to fire some employees because the single bar is the way it’s implemented in IE9….

  6. Alberto says:

    Does not work, it just propose me results in History…

  7. Andrey says:

    Will it still support Safari “Reader” button in the bar?

  8. RedEagle says:

    I can’t remove this plugin… I can’t find the SIMBL folder inside Applcation support and even the command line from the terminal doesn’t work! Any suggestion?

    • SilentWalker says:

      Are you sure you’re checking /Library/Application Support and not ~Library/Application Support? The folder should be under the root (i.e. start navigating from Macintosh HD), and not under the user directory, which is what the latter denotes.

  9. EldRick says:

    It disables the Command+\ shortcut in 1Password.

  10. Pog says:

    Great job osxdaily, once again, great find

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  12. Jonas says:

    @RedEagle: The link to the download page in the article above also provides an unstaller for the omnibus :)

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  14. Jaydee says:

    Help! I can’t find any of the files to delete it (Library/Application support/…) but it’s still sticking around.

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  16. Phil says:

    Finally! been looking for an app to do this for ages!!!!!

  17. Mohanad says:

    THANK YOU very much for this, i hate using chrome but the search bar in Safari use to be really annoying but not anymore :)

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  19. Nash says:

    Works for me with: sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins/SafariOmnibar.bundle

  20. JAVIER says:

    WHAT ABOUT WINDOWS USERS?

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