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Apple Safari 15.4 brings extension Manifest v3 support

ExtensionNinja | 3/22/2022

Apple Safari 15.4 is the first version that adds support for “manifest_version: 3”. Apple is jumping on the Manifest v3 train and it’s great news for browser extension developers. We will be able to use the same extension code on all major browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Here is what Apple added in Safari 15.4 for web extensions:

  • service_worker background scripts as an alternative to non-persistent background pages
  • Script and style injection via the browser.scripting APIs
  • Dynamic and session rules via the browser.declarativeNetRequest APIs
  • Webpage-to-extension messaging using externally_connectable:matches

Web extensions fixes in Safari 15.4 update:

  • Limits are now enforced on the size and number of items in extension sync storage
  • More directives are now allowed to be included in the content_security_policy of an extension’s manifest, such as the sandbox directive
  • Special matching characters (*, |, ||, and ^) in urlFilter of declarativeNetRequest rules are now handled, instead of being treated as regex patterns
  • Promise returns from runtime.onMessage listeners are now allowed for the message reply

I am yet to try to port my v3 extensions to Safari. I am planning to do that soon and report how it goes.

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