WEBARCHIVE (Safari Web Archive)

The WEBARCHIVE Website file format

In order to view webpages offline, i.e. when the computer is not connected to the internet, Apple developed the WEBARCHIVE file format. Apple’s web browser Safari can save websites, including HTML, embedded images, and even CSS or Javascript. All this information is saved in the WEBARCHIVE file to load a webpage offline.

Technical details of WEBARCHIVE files

Not every web browser is able to open and display WEBARCHIVE files. Naturally, Apple’s Safari is one of them as well as Cruz and iCab, both available for Mac OS X. The text editor Apple TextEdit can also open WEBARCHIVE files, however the content might look distorted or might not be displayed correctly in these cases.

More information about the WEBARCHIVE file format

File extension .webarchive
File category Website
Associated programs Apple Safari (Windows & Mac)
Apple TextEdit (Mac)
Cruz (Mac)
iCab (Mac)
Useful links More on WEBARCHIVE files
Developer Apple