Safari Web Archive
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What is a WEBARCHIVE file?
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:
- Navigate to the webpage in Safari.
- Select File → Save As....
- When the Save As window appears, select the Web Archive format.
- 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.