Safari is lightweight and is easy syncs across all your devices. It scores top marks on benchmark tests for the fastest browser on a Mac. When it works, it’s awesome. There are however times when it runs into issues. One such issue that many users have experienced is seeing a “Safari is being updated Message.” And the worst part: the message appears for days leading to a very frustrating experience.
If you are seeing this message on your Safari browser, here are a few options that can help you in fixing this issue.
The Quick Fix: Restart
When faced with this Safari being updated message, the simplest option is to force your Mac to power down and restart your machine. Once your MacBook restarts, check and see if the restart fixed the issue.
Check Your Memory
There are times when the simple restart does not seal the deal and the problem re-appears on your Safari. Many users who have experienced this issue have found the problem happening when their computer has memory usage issues. Click on > About this Mac > Storage Tab on the top.
Are you running out of space on your Mac?
If so, you may want to remove some of the apps, trash files, rarely used large media files to clear up and optimize your Macbook memory. Once you have optimized your memory, restart your Macbook and check if you are still experiencing the Safari being Updated issue.
Clear the App Store
The next thing to try is clear your Mac’s App Store updates folder in Macintosh HD/Library/Updates
Are You Corrupt?
Delete a File
The App Store preferences may be corrupted … happens. Open the Finder menu bar and click Go > Go to Folder. Then, type or copy paste the following: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.appstore.plist
Tap Go and move that file com.apple.appstore.plist to the Trash. Restart your Mac and open the App Store. From the App Store menu bar tap Store > Sign In. Select Updates from the App Store menu top of the window. If a Safari update is needed, it downloads and installs. Then use Safari as normal!
Repair Your Permissions
If memory is not an issue with your Mac and you are still experiencing the issue, the next step would be check and see if you have any corrupt permissions affecting your machine.
For users with Yosemite and below, launch Disk Utility and choose ‘Repair Permission”. After the Disk Utility has completed repairing, restart your MacBook and launch Safari.
To repair permissions on El Capitan and macOS, please refer to this in-depth article on how to repair corrupt user accounts in macOS and El Cap.
Do Not Need Permission(s)?
When repairing permissions and optimizing memory does not solve your issue, try using Terminal and follow the steps below in the order.
These steps focus on cleaning the TMPDIR and Safari cache has solved this issue for many users.
- Close All Applications and Windows on your computer
- Clear any stuck app store updates on your machine. Open up a terminal session by going to Applications >Utilities >Terminal.
- Type in open $TMPDIR../C and in there, delete anything that has the name com.apple.appstore. Do the same using the command open $TMPDIR../T
- Next, Delete the caches.db file in Library > Caches > com.apple.Safari folder
- Quit Safari if open and relaunch the browser
- Click on Safari > Preferences > Advanced and choose “Show Develop menu’
- Click on Develop and then select Empty Caches from the drop down
- Delete the Safari plist file. This file is located in Library > Preferences > com.apple.Safari.plist
- Restart your Mac and relaunch Safari
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Lastly, we recommend that you try to clean up your Safari install. In order to do so, start your MacBook / Mac in Safe mode and proceed with the steps highlighted in Apple’s article.
We hope that one of these tips above helped you with this frustrating issue. This issue is rare but usually, shows up following a macOS or OSX update or Safari update.
- Charles looked in the Library for updates and found this update package Safari9.0.2Yosemite.pkg in /Library/Updates/031-38517. And he simply ran this install package. After seeing the message “Installation complete” Check to see if the package still exists in the /Library/Updates/031-38517 directory. After this action, Charles was able to run Safari from /Applications as usual.
- We received additional helpful user tips for this issue on our forum–check it out by clicking here.