Pull Down To Refresh On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

Pull Down To Refresh On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

After a long week of tips on how to make your Mac look more like iOS, how about a tip on how to make it ACT more like iOS?

On the iPhone, it’s become de rigueur to use a tap and pull to refresh motion. I first noticed it with the Twitter apps, and now more and more apps are using this style of refresh. I wish I was able to do it on my Mac. Oh, wait, I can – at least in my browser. Here’s how.

This requires a browser extension, and there is one for both Safari and Chrome. The Safari extension, however, requires you be an Apple Safari Dev, with a valid certificate saying so, so I’m gonna skip making it work for Safari. That leaves us with Chrome.

First up, head over to github, a site that many devs and such use for code file management, storage and sharing. Download the Pull-to-refresh-for-Chrome-and-Safari .zip file (for simplicity – the .tar.gz will work as well) and unzip on your Desktop.

Next, go into the just-unzipped folder and open the folder named ‘chrome.’ Double click on the pull_to_refresh.crx file, which should bring up your Chrome browser, and give you a little warning at the bottom.

Pull Down To Refresh On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

Click on Continue, and it will install in Chrome. Then, using your trackpad, or (I’m assuming – someone check) Apple mouse, you will be able to scroll up past the top of a page, and the browser window will refresh. Limited, but kind of cool, right?

Some reports say this only works in Lion. If anyone tries it in Snow Leopard, or, heck, even Leopard, let us know if it works in the comments below.

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  • Matt Sunderhaft

    I just installed in Snow Leopard and it didn’t work with Chrome :/

  • iMaclord

    I’d rather my iOS devices act more like Mac OS X.

  • iMaclord

    I’d rather my iOS devices act more like Mac OS X.

  • iMaclord

    I just installed in Snow Leopard and it didn’t work with Chrome :/

    @Matt, if the case is that you downloaded the latest version of Chrome and it didn’t work with SL, it could be that guys at Google made it exclusively Lion-compatible. If it’s not the case, go download the latest version of Chrome.

    Otherwise I had blogged an older version (8.0) of Chrome with a downloadable installer compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard at http://maclord.ozarweb.com/downloads/?did=20
  • peteyhawkins

    Hi guys,

    We’ve updated the readme on GitHub to provide two easy links to install the package without needing a dev account:

    We’d really appreciate your feedback on any features that you would like or want improved, so please add issues for anything like that here:

    Thanks,
    Wee Tidy.
  • Rob LeFebvre

    Hi guys,

    We’ve updated the readme on GitHub to provide two easy links to install the package without needing a dev account:

    We’d really appreciate your feedback on any features that you would like or want improved, so please add issues for anything like that here:

    Fantastic, thank you! I’ll give this a try in a bit.

  • Ahmed Sa

    it’s working on lion

    but it’s a bit annoying to me, cuz once u pull it down u can’t go back, like if u pull the page accidentally, it will refresh 
  • xMoonDevilx

    As opposed to simply hitting a refresh button….

  • skyeyjay

    Nice idea!, work fine on my iMac 10.7.4 (Safari 5.1.7 )

    But it alway accidental refresh when i scroll to top of the page!

    It would be great if the extension let me scroll to top of the page without refreshing, It’s should refresh only when you reach the top of page and start pull it down and let it go (same on iOS)

    I Hope you can fix this bug in the next update.

    Thank You!

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