Where is View Source in Safari for OS X Mountain Lion?


View Source in Safari is useful for the occasional need to peek into the internal HTML codes of a web page you’re viewing. In Mac OS X Lion, View Source is a prominent item under the View menu of Safari. In Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple removed the View Source feature.

In OS X Mountain Lion, in order to view the source code of a web page, you need to use the Show Page Source tool build for web developers. Developer tools are¬†accessible after you’ve enabled the “Develop” menu in Safari.


To enable the “Develop” menu, go to Safari > Preferences and tick “Show Develop menu in menu bar” under the Advanced tab. This will add a “Develop” menu right before the “Window” menu in Safari.


The “Show Page Source” option is available on the contextual menu of a web page once the “Develop” menu is enabled. This contextual menu is activated with a Control-click on the web page in Safari window or two-fingers tap on the trackpad. Please note that you need to control-click or two-fingers tap on an empty area of the web page. Control-clicking or two-fingers tapping on a web image or video for example will bring out a different contextual menu.


The source code for the web page is displayed in a window pane at the bottom of the web page. The View Source feature in OS X Lion is end-user friendly with a simple text editor display of the web page source code.¬†In OS X Mountain Lion, the Show Page Source is a full featured tool suited for web development work. To close the Show Page Source tool, just click on the “x” button on the left-top of the window pane.