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gDirectLinks Safari Extension prevents the links in Google search results from being replaced by indirect links, which Google uses for click tracking, when you click them. With this extension installed, when you click a Google search result, Safari goes straight to the destination. It works on Google Instant results as well as the conventional ones.

Benefits include:

  • Ensuring that true URLs, and not Google's indrect ones, are recorded in Safari's History menu.
  • Making it easier to copy true URLs from Google search results.
  • Blocking one method Google uses to track which search results you more...

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Version 1.0.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Safari 5.0.1 or later

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BigJohnson Member IconReview+170

Does NOT do what it says, at least not on Images or Shopping pages.

If I run a search for any item then click the Images or Shopping links, the links are obfuscated.

I searched for sunglases, then clicked Images. Instead of the first image directing me to wikipedi.com, I get this mess:

Same in the Shopping tab: The link for gucci.com becomes http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2F4%2F4b%2FRayBanAviator.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSunglasses&h=2050&w=3500&tbnid=pkaSi-xCnWVE6M%3A&zoom=1&docid=sf7Z6ei5ChSLuM&ei=R5VMU9XPGKWbygHOh4DoCw&tbm=isch&ved=0CGkQMygAMAA&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=1533&page=1&start=0&ndsp=28

Safari 6.1.2 & 6.1.3
OS X 10.7.5

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Version 1.0.4

Crap - I pasted the same link twice. My ⌘ key doesn't always work unless I press it hard, so I didn't copy the 2nd link.

Sure would be nice if MU would allow previewing and editing of reviews!

THIS is what I get for the gucci.com link:


Nicholas Quixote Member IconReview+1
Nicholas Quixote

Does what it says,and cleans up the crap links Google puts out. If you have Firefox and Chrome, read this http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/copy-crapfree-urls-googles-search-results/

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Version 1.0.1
Stormchild Member IconComment+383

The feature for rewriting Google Image search links doesn't seem to work. Clicking thumbnails in image search results still does the same thing as before — takes me to a page with the image displayed over a capture of the page it appears on, etc.

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Version 1.0

Thanks for the report. There is a bug either in the extension or in Safari (I'm still investigating). A workaround is to wait for the thumbnail to zoom before clicking it. (I'm assuming your google image search results have zooming thumbnails, like mine do.)

Canisbos Computing (Developer)

That should be fixed now. Please check Safari's extension manager for the 1.0.1 update, or use the download link on this page.

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Version 1.0.4
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Downloads 1,725
Version Downloads 895
License Free
Date 26 Apr 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free
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