This eye-care extension enables night mode creating dark themes for websites on the fly. Dark Reader inverts bright colors making them high contrast and easy to read at night. It perfectly suits to system dark mode.
Configure brightness and contrast to fit your display, choose between Dynamic and Filter mode, toggle individual websites, auto-toggle by system dark mode preferences.
Before you install disable similar extensions. Activate Dark Reader in Safari preferences. Enjoy watching!
- Performance improvements.
- Ability to disable for all websites by default.
- Grayscale adjustment.
- Dynamic and Filter mode fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Works great for most websites, so...
This is part a review and part feedback. Dark Reader in dynamic mode works great for about 9 out of 10 websites. For those that don't look great, often times, switching from dynamic to filter mode fixes everything. Obviously, that's why they added the "set up a custom theme for current website" option. I wish, though, that the community of users could submit the custom theme to a list of websites that benefit from a settings change, so that over time Dark Reader could adjust the settings on behalf of users. I'm not sure if it'd raise a security issue to have an extension sending browsing information back to the extension's developers, but it would definitely make the extension a lot more seamless, or if it's possible to anonymize that data. In an ideal world, users should barely have to touch the Dark Reader options.
Additionally, I wish the settings were adjustable from within the mac app, rather than just in the toolbar. I'm just tired of having a bunch applications for extensions that don't do much cluttering up my applications folder.
Best Dark Mode plugin for Safari, but could be better
This is hands-down the best Dark Mode Plugin for Safari. Compared to the other plugins I've tried, the quality of the rendered page is just worlds better in Dark Reader. Very good results.
Still, this extension could be beter. While Dark Reader permits the use of domain-specific overrides, there is currently no way to change settings for a sub-page on a site. Also, it costs $5, which is a lot considering this same plugin is free on other browsers, and the fact that the Safari version has a more limited feature set. I'm willing to excuse this to a certain degree because the market for similar extensions on Safari is not very competitive right now. Plus, I'm willing to bet that the Safari version follows a separate development track due to the way Apple structured things.
Works about 80% of the Time
I estimate that Dark Reader for Safari works for about 80% of the websites I visit. There are 2 main modes, Dynamic and Filter. Dynamic is supposed to look better and Filter is faster. However, I don't find that Dynamic usually looks better, so I've been using Filter. On some websites, Dark Reader inverts everything, including photos so that they look like negatives, which is not good. On other websites, fonts become unreadable because they are the same color as the background. I contacted the developer about this but he has not responded. Lastly, the free Chrome extension contains more options than the paid Safari version, which makes no sense. The developer's website says "Most of the features will be ported soon," but who knows when that will be.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.