I have Safari 5.1.7 installed on my system.I have installed and set default email client Mozilla Thunderbird.

I have an application which has link like

<a href="mailto:[email protected]">email</a>

This works fine in Chrome,Opera,IE and Firefox.But does not work in Safari.

How to fix this.I searched on Google for this.There it is suggested that we should set an email client for Safari. But I am unable to set email client for safari. See the screenshotenter image description here

I am using windows 7 as Operating system Using Default Programs setting of windows I have set Thunderbird as default email client. Thanks

2 Answers 2


You need to install the mailto extension in order to achieve that.

See here: https://sites.google.com/site/mailtoextension/

  • The link given on the url provided by you is not working
    – Muk
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10
  • @Muk Hmm really? It works for me. Try this one sites.google.com/site/mailtoextension/…
    – mattytommo
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:11
  • @mattyommo When i click on "Click here to download your attachment." this error comes "This webpage is not available".
    – Muk
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:13
  • @Muk Weird, there are a few more download links on Google. Try this one softpedia.com/progDownload/…
    – mattytommo
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:15
  • Is there any other way apart from extension.I am running this safari on windows 7?
    – Muk
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:17

You set the default mail client in Mail I believe, or maybe in System Preferences. I don't have a Mac here, so cannot check. In Mail you set Thunderbird as default mail client.

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    Neither does the OP. (If you look at the screenshot you'll see the browser is running on Windows.)
    – JJJ
    Apr 18, 2013 at 8:49
  • Sorry, hadn't noticed that!
    – SPRBRN
    Apr 18, 2013 at 8:50
  • Is there any other way apart from extension.I am running this safari on windows 7
    – Muk
    Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10

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