4Ktube for Safari – helps you watch 4K videos on YouTube

YouTube does not support 4K video playback in Safari for Mac. This extension shows a 4K badge in the toolbar if a YouTube video you watch offers quality higher than 1080p. Click the toolbar icon to open the video in Google Chrome browser and enjoy it in full 4K glory.

This way you can open any page in Chrome, not just YouTube videos. Contact me if you’d prefer a different browser.

Safari Toolbar and YouTube page
Download on the Mac App Store

You don’t even need a 4K TV or monitor to benefit from this app. Most MacBook and iMac models have Retina displays with native resolution higher than the maximum 1080p supported by YouTube on Safari.

Safari Icon
Safari max 1080p
Chrome Icon
Chrome 1440p, 4K and higher

Chrome browser with YouTube
Safari Browser with YouTube

How to Play 4K YouTube Videos in Safari

Google uses VP9 video codec to encode YouTube videos that have quality higher than 1080p. Safari on Mac, iOS and tvOS does not support that video codec. So to play YouTube videos in 1440p, 2160p or higher quality you’ll have to use a different web browser.

How to Use 4Ktube

  • Download and open 4Ktube app from the Mac App Store.
  • Click “Show in Safari Preferences” button.
  • Enable “4Ktube” extension in Safari Extension Preferences.
  • Now when you watch YouTube videos in Safari the extension will let you know if there’s 4K quality available. Look out for the 4K badge in the toolbar. Click the toolbar button to watch the 4K version of the video in Chrome.

    You can open any page in Chrome this way. Shift-click the toolbar icon to also close the page in Safari when you open it in Chrome. This can be set as the default behavior in the app preferences.

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