SIMBL
SIMBL
0.9.9

3.5

SIMBL free download for Mac

SIMBL0.9.9

29 January 2011

Enabler for apps like PithHelmet.

Overview

SIMBL is plugin enabler used by many popular modules (most notably PithHelmet) to modify and extend various applications. The source and basic tutorials are available for developers.

What's new in SIMBL

Version 0.9.9:
  • Fix exceedingly rare bug causing the installer to erroneously report failure
  • Fix rare bug causing the agent to fail ungracefully on malformed bundles

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46 Reviews of SIMBL

5
Thmghtd
11 September 2009
Version: 0.9.4b

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I've been actively using SIMBL for years and consider it completely indispensable. After reading SHK747's one-star drive-by, though, I realize I've been taking it for granted. Big time. So here's my stupid opinion. I love SIMBL. I love it so much I probably love the developer, Mike Solomon, too, in some kind of cool, appreciative way. Honestly. As you wade through the catalog of system hacks out there, each trying to improve your computer life one way or another, it's not long before you realize: The difference between a hack and a solution is staggering. Some hacks out there are worth considering, for sure, even when their side effects create a whole new monster (I'm looking at you, APE -- don't act shocked). But over the years, as the OS overhauls have come and gone and we've seen even minor updates give developers major problems, SIMBL has become more useful. Not less. That's not some small thing. What SIMBL does for developers and end-users alike is simply awesome. So maybe now's a good time for a little rallying behind the (depressingly few) developers like Mike who make our stupid worlds go 'round. Or at the very least, how about a little perspective. To SHK747: You're frustrated or hitting a wall somewhere or something. I get it, guy. But with a whopping 11 posts/reviews/comments prior to yours -- that's 11, total, over 4 years -- and with only 2 of those having ratings (really. two.), it seems like maybe there's a large enough appreciation/acknowledgment deficit without casually driving the stats down. Don't get me wrong: I love the democratic process. And the loyal opposition will always be instrumental in figuring out the kinks. But being a curmudgeon just doesn't seem quite so... productive. I don't know. Maybe you really hate SIMBL now. I'm just thinking... maybe it's Big Picture time. Maybe yours will be the star heard 'round the world, and everyone who makes use of software like SIMBL -- all the people getting by with the help of other people -- will band together and represent, truly, the opinions of the majority. The grateful, satisfied majority. Anyway. I love SIMBL. Thanks Mike. A lot. Note: Even though I mention SHK747's comment, I feel like it's largely a review of SIMBL (and maybe an allegory for freedom, I'm not sure), so I'm posting it as its own thing.
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Niku1000
27 November 2017
Version: 0.9.9
I couldn't open cDock. When I typed "carutil disable" into Terminal in accordance with the instructions, I was told that that code couldn't be found, or something to that effect.
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Leesa
10 May 2016
Version: 0.9.9
Something New. Haven't tested it yet. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
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Big Johnson
04 July 2015
Version: 0.9.9
I hope you read this, Mike. I used the link on the SIMBL page to get your address emailed to me. When I replied it was returned as a delivery failure. Ever wonder why you don't get any SIMBL email? So here's my message: Just a tip: You should include a text file with downloads detailing where to install the plugin. And put that in the description on MacUpdate. Not everyone has a SIMBL folder to start with. I do but couldn't remember where it was (Spotlight's too stupid to find it, but EasyFind could have). Although I'd read something about placing it in the root library for sandboxed apps, I don't have a SIMBL folder there, mine is only in the user library. I was hesitant to install it on my fresh install of Yosemite, but haven't encountered any issues yet from running cDock. I just placed SafariStand in there, so I'll see how it goes.
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Albabe
03 July 2015
Version: 0.9.9
If your EasySIMBL or SIMBL died after the latest Apple Security Update, check out the EasySIMBL page here at MacUpdate for Instructions on how to get it all back up!
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Albabe
30 June 2015
Version: 0.9.9
Doesn't seem to be working with today's Security Update!
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F451
13 July 2012
Version: 0.9.9
If you want to use SIMBL in Lion you can use EasySIMBL: https://github.com/norio-nomura/EasySIMBL/downloads
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Gex2501
11 May 2012
Version: 0.9.9
It's sad to see such a great program/utility die. Been hoping for Lion support forever. I'd pick it up if I was any good with programming. Someone should re-invigorate it.
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GeogProf
26 November 2011
Version: 0.9.9
SIMBL is not compatible with Lion, no matter what anyone says. It was installed on 7 of my family's and 11 of my colleagues' Lion Macs plus mine, and all 19 suffered multiple SIMBL crashes every single day until we were forced to trash it in the last couple of weeks. Since he hasn't updated it in nearly a year nor responded to ANY of the panicked queries here or anywhere else, clearly Mike Solomon has abandoned SIMBL — and his implicit promise to all the developers whose apps rely on it. Oh, and millions of us users, too.
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PorkPieHat
16 November 2011
Version: 0.9.9
I've been using SIMBL on my Lion (10.7.2) iMac and MacBook since June and in Snow Leopard for a long time before that, and it was stable at first. But now SIMBL crashes several times every day, and I can't figure out what the trigger is — sometimes it crashes when a SIMBL-reliant app is running, but more often it happens when I startup a nonSIMBL-reliant app or use one that's been running for a while. I don't think the cause is a conflict with other software because my Macs are set up very differently, are used for different purposes, and have very different apps installed. I hope the dev figures it out and releases a fix soon because I'm on the verge of dumping SIMBL and all the lovely apps that rely on it, which would be a shame.
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Macmuffin
16 August 2011
Version: 0.9.9
I'm thinking of sending the developer money for a down load if that is the problem as he earlier stated.
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Steven-Goodheart
06 June 2011
Version: 0.9.9
Does anyone know if SIMBL will be compatible with the upcoming Lion OS?
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Moocan
02 February 2011
Version: 0.9.9
Why I never can't access developer site ? Is there any mirror ?
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Libertyforall1776
29 January 2011
Version: 0.9.9
For those wondering, SIMBL stands for: SIMple Bundle Loader
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Grayson-Manley
05 January 2011
Version: 0.9.8
Although a "hack" its still quite stable. If you have instability issues then talk to the developer of the extensions you are using not complain about this. Without this I wouldn't have things like GreaseKit and Totalfinder, key parts of my daily use of my mac.
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Smactron
13 October 2010
Version: 0.9.8
Has anyone noticed that with this SIMBL update, PithHelmet (3.0b6) seems to interfere with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report's streaming episodes? I have to "Reload Unfiltered" to get the videos to load/play. With SIMBL 0.9.7a this wasn't the case.
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Fyreflye
12 October 2010
Version: 0.9.8
Though I use (and regularly update) both Safari Cookies and AdBlock I've never had a crash. In fact I've never had a crash when adding *any* Safari plugin or extension. I don't know what the problem is for the rest of you but I doubt it's SIMBL.
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Mitch-de
12 October 2010
Version: 0.9.8
No problems here using it with Safari Plugins Adblocker and Coockies. I dont know if both install have newest SIMBL - i updated SIMBL by the newest SIMBL update 0.9.8. PS: Even its an hack, it makes much, much much less trouble than Application Enhancer hack.
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Ronl
23 June 2010
Version: 0.9.7a
WARNING: MacFixIt has an article on this today (6-23-10) that this can cause Safari 5 to crash.
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Stickman67
11 June 2010
Version: 0.9.7a
I can only say that for me, on my particular system, Safari 4 and Safari 5 both have found SIMBL a problem. In both versions, SIMBL caused very, very long startup times for Safari - I'm talking minutes, not seconds. And in Safari 5 it seemed to kill the CSS file I used to remove link underlines (although why Apple doesn't build this into its preferences ...). Uninstalling SIMBL solved both problems straight away. I have nothing against SIMBL per se. I used PithHelmet for years, and would still like to use it or AdBlocker. But it seems to cause trouble for me at this stage, so I feel it only fair to comment on it at that level. TotalFinder managed to remove its dependance on SIMBL. Would it not, therefore, be possible for other developers to do the same? (Unless, of course, the developers of SIMBL - who, to be fair, I will contact directly on this issue - manage to fix the problems.)
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SickTeddyBear
08 June 2010
Version: 0.9.7a
Now that Safari 5 has been released, SIMBL's days are numbered.
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Itty
12 April 2010
Version: 0.9.7a
Rule #1 avoid any kind of hack to your core system Rule #2 never install a version zero beta of anything on a system you need. SIMBL violates these rules as well as Apple's. It's a hack that conflicts with core services like SMC, Clamav, Webkit etc. and messes with your permissions. It may work perfectly on a system that has no other 3rd party software installed. But in the real world it can wreck your system.
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Gagarin101
20 November 2009
Version: 0.9.7a
I installed 0.9.7 and the installer said it was successful. But there is no SIMBL folder in Library/Application Support. I am running OSX 10.6.2 I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, restarting the macbook with no help.
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liang-case
16 October 2009
Version: 0.9.7a
Hi, I have launching upper right menubar in OS 10.6.1 w/ SIMBL 0.9.7a. 1.) Booting in 64-bit Kernel mode. Open fast user switching menu. 2.) Do not logout current account but switching to another account immediately via fast use switching menu. While OS X loading the upper right menubar at the beginning, it takes serious delay and results in a blank upper right menubar. Only spotlight icon shows up w/o response. Any idea? Thanks.
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Borlox
08 October 2009
Version: 0.9.7a
Afraid not. Changing the owner of the link has no effect. For your approach to work, you'd have to change the permissions of the user Library folder so that it couldn't be written by the user. That would of course create a lot of problems. There's no easy workaround for the security hole created by this software. The developer could fix it, but he seems not to want to.
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Moocan
06 October 2009
Version: 0.9.7a
Hi, Seems to be usefull ... but impossible to download ... always same roor message (The server at culater.net is taking too long to respond). Is there any other download links ?
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Weaselboy
06 October 2009
Version: 0.9.7a
9.7a fixed the installer issue for me on 10.6.1.
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Khannibal
05 October 2009
Version: 0.9.7
Install failed. Don't know why. I am on 10.6.1. 0.9.6c worked well until now, but 0.9.7 install fails at the end of the process.
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Borlox
27 September 2009
Version: 0.9.6c
There's a serious security issue with this software that users should be aware of before they decide whether to install it. From the developer's site: --- Once you've installed SIMBL, you need to drop some bundles into the Plugins folder. (/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins) SIMBL scans this folder for bundles each time an application launches. It will check both the Local and User domain for this special folder. This means that it will check ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins before looking in /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins. --- One of the few trojans to successfully exploit Mac OS X in the wild was called "Oompa-Loompa." It worked by installing an input manager in the home directory of any user who ran it. As a result, user-domain input managers were disabled in Leopard, and the permissions of the local Input Managers folder were changed so that root privileges were required to install anything into it. SIMBL appears to re-open the security hole that was closed in Leopard. A trojan, only slightly different from the one described above, can install a SIMBL plugin in the user's home directory. Any application can then effectively be replaced by the trojan, even if the user is not a member of the admin group and doesn't have permission to modify the applications directly. You might think that because you're not running as an admin, applications such as Safari or Keychain Access are safe from unintended modification, but with SIMBL installed, you'd be wrong. If you're going to use SIMBL, you should take steps to ensure that plugins can't be installed without your knowledge. How you do that is up to you, but if you don't have a strategy, you shouldn't be using it. The developer should, in my opinion, change the way SIMBL works so that it doesn't load plugins from the user domain. That would mitigate the danger.
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Dokter-mac
21 September 2009
Version: 0.9.6c
Version 0.9.6c seems to work just fine under Leopard (10.5.8) & my G5 PM. Everything is Universal & the installer works perfect. I don't understand why they say this version is only for Snow Leopard & Intel? Anyone who knows more about this? Regards
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Pirx
20 September 2009
Version: 0.9.6b
"The download could not start because you do not have sufficient access privileges..." Please make the download folder accessible, thank you.
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Programhappy
19 September 2009
Version: 0.9.6b
To get it to work, I have to reinstall from SIMBL-0.9.6b.pkg every time my computer restarts. Why is SIMBL not starting-up with my machine? Leopard 10.6.1 on a 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (6 GB memory)
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zx
18 September 2009
Version: 0.9.6b
How come SIMBL Agent is called up on any application lunch?
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Hal0thane
12 September 2009
Version: 0.9.5b
I was one of the users who reported the bug listed as fixed in version 0.95b. I reported it on 0.93b, and within hours it was fixed. I've found, in general, independent Mac developers to be much more responsive and engaged in the care of their products than any other type of developer I've interacted with (and I used to be a full-time programmer), few have been as quick to provide new builds to tackle major problems as Mike Solomon. Who would have even _considered_ changing SIMBL from an Input Manager to a Scripting Addition in order to keep it working under 10.6? Yet that's what he did, and within no more than a handful of days. And he has added 64-bit support just as quickly. I've been using SIMBL for almost as long as I've been using Mac. I imagine a silent majority (or sizable minority) of SIMBL users do not even know they are: I've installed apps more than once without realizing they depended on SIMBL. Like the apps and add-ons that get all the glory -- Quicksilver, Growl, MacFUSE, and the others -- SIMBL is completely indispensable.
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Thmghtd
11 September 2009
Version: 0.9.4b
I've been actively using SIMBL for years and consider it completely indispensable. After reading SHK747's one-star drive-by, though, I realize I've been taking it for granted. Big time. So here's my stupid opinion. I love SIMBL. I love it so much I probably love the developer, Mike Solomon, too, in some kind of cool, appreciative way. Honestly. As you wade through the catalog of system hacks out there, each trying to improve your computer life one way or another, it's not long before you realize: The difference between a hack and a solution is staggering. Some hacks out there are worth considering, for sure, even when their side effects create a whole new monster (I'm looking at you, APE -- don't act shocked). But over the years, as the OS overhauls have come and gone and we've seen even minor updates give developers major problems, SIMBL has become more useful. Not less. That's not some small thing. What SIMBL does for developers and end-users alike is simply awesome. So maybe now's a good time for a little rallying behind the (depressingly few) developers like Mike who make our stupid worlds go 'round. Or at the very least, how about a little perspective. To SHK747: You're frustrated or hitting a wall somewhere or something. I get it, guy. But with a whopping 11 posts/reviews/comments prior to yours -- that's 11, total, over 4 years -- and with only 2 of those having ratings (really. two.), it seems like maybe there's a large enough appreciation/acknowledgment deficit without casually driving the stats down. Don't get me wrong: I love the democratic process. And the loyal opposition will always be instrumental in figuring out the kinks. But being a curmudgeon just doesn't seem quite so... productive. I don't know. Maybe you really hate SIMBL now. I'm just thinking... maybe it's Big Picture time. Maybe yours will be the star heard 'round the world, and everyone who makes use of software like SIMBL -- all the people getting by with the help of other people -- will band together and represent, truly, the opinions of the majority. The grateful, satisfied majority. Anyway. I love SIMBL. Thanks Mike. A lot. Note: Even though I mention SHK747's comment, I feel like it's largely a review of SIMBL (and maybe an allegory for freedom, I'm not sure), so I'm posting it as its own thing.
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Grdloizaga
08 September 2009
Version: 0.9.3b
Many users have reported that installing this in Snow Leopard causes a buggy window to appear every time you open an application. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2148682&tstart=0
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Shk747
08 September 2009
Version: 0.9.3b
what goes on ? every time safari 4.0.3 dissables simbl/pithhelmet !
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zx
06 September 2009
Version: 0.9.1
Thank You. But what happened to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL? It looks like this version installed in /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax ?
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RogerKatz
09 August 2009
Version: 0.8.2
Whether I try to download it here, or via Version Tracker, or from the developers' website, all I get is: "Warning: Unknown(/home/phpweb/system/suspended/pastdue/index.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in Unknown on line 0 Warning: (null)() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/phpweb/system/suspended/pastdue/index.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/share/pear:/usr/local/lib/php') in Unknown on line 0"
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YEEZUS
14 July 2009
Version: 0.8.2
Still the best for Safari plugins. I tried PlugSuit which was impressive but couldn't reliably load and use my favorite plugin PithHelmet. I use some Safari plugins with this and they always load immediately. I never have had a crash because of SIMBL either, only some buggy plugins.
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rspeed
26 October 2007
Version: 0.8.2
Wait, I thought there was no way SIMBL would be compatible with Leopard. My understanding was that SIMBL uses input managers, a feature which was removed in 10.5. Can anyone clear this up for me?
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Everyday-Software
09 July 2007
Version: 0.8.1
I've seen countless crash reports with people running this with 'less than high quality' plugins. Most of the time users don't even know what it is or how it was installed. This leads to a support nightmare for developers who get blamed for unstable applications when it's actually Input Managers or Haxies causing problems. If you like a stable system; I'd suggest staying clear of this.
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schmelding
12 June 2007
Version: 0.8.1
Does not work with Safari 3 beta.
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Heavy-shower
24 March 2006
Version: 0.8.1
so there's no need to upgrade unless an intel.mac is involved?
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Anonymous
06 November 2005
Version: 0.8
Current version does not work with the latest version of Safari (2.0.2 (416.12)). It says the plugin hasn't been tested & therefore wont be loaded. Nothing crashes, you just get an annoying alert when launching Safari.
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Anonymous
19 August 2005
Version: 0.8
I updated to OS 10.3.9 and had to update all input manager plugins inlcuding SIMBL. Now Safari crashes every time. Please look into this. Never had a problem with previous versions.
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Anonymous
04 June 2005
Version: 0.8
As usual everything Mr. Solomon does is done well. Now Pith Helmet with Safari is snappier.
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