Skip to content
Safe Surfer's desktop app. Setup a desktop or laptop with Safe Surfer's DNS settings with ease.
Branch: master
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.
build UPDATED: macOS icons (added 512x512@2x sizing) Jan 23, 2019

License Translation status

Safe Surfer logo


Official Safe Surfer desktop app, built with Electron.

Safe Surfer
For more screenshots of the app, please refer to the screenshots folder.

Who is Safe Surfer?

Safe Surfer's mission is to keep children, individuals, and organisations safe online. We achieve this by filtering out harmful material that may be found when browsing the internet and switching on safe search for a number of search engines.
You can read more here.

App information

Safe Surfer's desktop app sets Safe Surfer up on your computer for you.
Our aim for this project is to make it as easy as possible to get families and persons protected online on their desktops or laptops, ensuring safety and peace-of-mind.

For enterprise/business use, we recommend to apply the DNS settings on a router which devices are connected to, please refer to the Safe Surfer website.


Windows Store (coming soon)
macOS App Store (coming soon)
snapcraft store (coming soon)
Ubuntu PPA: ppa:bobymcbobs/safesurfer - safesurfer-desktop
openSUSE and Fedora: OBS
Windows (64-bit/32-bit)
macOS dmg


  • Toggle DNS settings with one button
  • Protects against harmful content
  • Easy to use and setup
  • Configure lifeguard from inside the app (requires mDNS/5353 allowed through firewall)


Have you used SafeSurfer-Desktop and want to give feedback?
Visit our feedback site to leave us some feedback.


Consult the build manual for instructions on building and running from source.


Wanna help us find and squash bugs?
Check out our bug reporting guide.


Read our contribution guide to get started!
We'd love your help improving this project, together helping families and individuals stay safe on the internet!


If you'd like to see our plans for future versions of this app. Check out our roadmap

Translating Safe Surfer desktop

Translation status

Note: Although some translations display as 100%, they may need review.
Help us speak your language!
Read our translation guide to get started!


Known issues

  • If you are using Hyper-V, you may need to manually remove the DNS settings from each interface in Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections

System requirements

Known compatible operating systems:

  • Fedora Workstation (28, 29)
  • macOS (El Capitan, Sierra, Mojave)
  • openSUSE Leap 15
  • Ubuntu (14.04, 18.04, 18.10)
  • Windows 10 (1803, 1809)
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows 8.1

Minimum computer specifications:
CPU: 1 core - 1 GHz - 64-bit or 32-bit (32-bit is Windows only)
RAM: 512 MB of RAM


Type Site
Main GitLab
Mirror GitHub


Copyright 2018-2019 Safe Surfer.
This project is licensed under the GPL-3.0 and is Free Software.
This program comes with absolutely no warranty.

You can’t perform that action at this time.