.WEBARCHIVE File Extension

Safari Web Archive

Developer Apple
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What is a WEBARCHIVE file?

A WEBARCHIVE file is a webpage saved by the Safari web browser. It contains HTML and linked images so the page can be loaded fully at a later time, even if the computer is offline (not connected to the Internet). WEBARCHIVE files may also contain CSS or JavaScript, depending on the webpage content.

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Screenshot of a .webarchive file in Apple Safari
WEBARCHIVE file open in Apple Safari

If a Safari user wants to preserve the current version of a webpage, so they can view the page offline or access its content in the future, they can save that page as a WEBARCHIVE file. Each WEBARCHIVE file contains all the data Safari needs to open an exact replica of the webpage it describes (though interactive or dynamic elements may not function correctly without an Internet connection).

How to save a webpage as a WEBARCHIVE file

To save a webpage as a WEBARCHIVE file:

  1. Navigate to the webpage in Safari.
  2. Select File → Save As....
  3. When the Save As window appears, select the Web Archive format.
  4. Select Save.

NOTE: Safari was developed for Windows until version 5.1.7 but then discontinued.

How to open a WEBARCHIVE file

You can open a WEBARCHIVE file in Safari (macOS, iOS) to view the webpage it contains. You can also open WEBARCHIVE files in the iCab and Cruz web browsers.

If you do not have access to a web browser, or you want to view the HTML data your WEBARCHIVE file contains, you can open the file in Apple TextEdit or any other text editor. Keep in mind that any images and other binary content your WEBARCHIVE file contains will not appear correctly.

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