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Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:19:41 GMT


Element Hiding Helper 1.4 released

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:41:50 GMT

Install Element Hiding Helper

With this release Element Hiding Helper becomes fully compatible with multi-process Firefox (issue 2879). We also fixed a long-standing bug: “View source” command was only showing elements but no text nodes (issue 4588).

New filter type option for WebRTC connections

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:08:37 GMT

Starting with Adblock Plus 1.13.3 for Chrome and Opera (and development builds as of the blocking of WebRTC connections is supported. Those connections will have the new request type of “webrtc” and so filters can be made to target them by adding the $webrtc type option.

WebRTC is an experimental browser technology which is supposed to be used for things like video conferencing. Unfortunately despite still being in active development it’s already being misused to serve adverts! Since Chrome does not yet allow WebRTC connections to be blocked by extensions directly (Chromium issue 707683), we’ve had to implement a workaround to achieve this.

Support for other platforms such as Firefox should follow soon, we’ll keep you posted.

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The plan towards offering Adblock Plus for Firefox as a Web Extension

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:23:06 GMT

TL;DR: Sometime in autumn this year the current Adblock Plus for Firefox extension is going to be replaced by another, which is more similar to Adblock Plus for Chrome. Brace for impact!

New data storage in Adblock Plus for Firefox

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:42:03 GMT

As of Firefox 57, classic extensions such as the current Adblock Plus for Firefox will no longer load and only Web Extensions will be allowed to continue working. In order to prepare for the transition, starting with Adblock Plus development build we will use Web Extensions for data storage. Any existing data (this includes both current filters/subscriptions and automatic backups) will be taken over automatically and ideally there should be no visible changes at this point. However, the data will no longer be stored in the adblockplus/patterns.ini file of your Firefox profile but rather in the browser-extension-data/{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}/storage.json file.

Please tell us about any data loss issues you encounter after this change. We are moving towards releasing Adblock Plus 2.9 which will start data migration for our entire user base. Note that the format of the Web Extensions storage is still supposed to change which will hopefully make it more robust and performant.

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eyeo and Flattr become one

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:59:59 GMT

Today is a very happy day for us and we want to share some great news with you: Two of the most out-of-the-box thinking organizations on the web have joined forces in order to build a sustainable Internet!

Do you #blockbetter? Tell us how and win a smartphone of your choice!

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT

We know there are a million reasons to use Adblock Plus with the Acceptable Ads program, but what we really want to know is yours!

Adblock Plus 1.13.2 for Chrome and Opera released

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:50:29 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.13.2 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.13.2 for Opera

This is an emergency release, fixing a regression and preventing installation on unsupported Opera versions.


  • Fixed a regression with the “Hide targeted messages?” notifications, which prevented the notification text from being displayed (issue 5014).
  • Adblock Plus can no longer be installed on Opera 35 and older versions, which are incompatible (issue 4787).

Adblock Plus 1.13.1 for Chrome and Opera released

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:21:42 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.13.1 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.13.1 for Opera

This is an emergency release, fixing overly eager popup blocking.


  • Fixed a bug whereby popup windows containing iframes were sometimes blocked by mistake (issue 5009). While this was a pre-existing bug, it was made more serious by our recent popup blocking improvements (issue 4834).

Adblock Plus 1.13 for Chrome and Opera released

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:18:34 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.13 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.13 for Opera

This is a major release containing some user interface improvements and more changes behind the scenes.


  • Further improved our WebSocket (issue 4643, 4807) and popup (issue 4834) blocking capabilities.
  • Improved the “Block element” tool, fixing a bug where the dialog window would sometimes fail to open (issue 4714) and another which very rarely caused the currently targeted element(s) not to be highlighted (issue 4603).
  • Improved the “Add your own filters” interface in the Options page. Extremely large filters are now displayed properly (issue 1121), and the interface is much more responsive when dealing with large numbers of custom filters (issue 4752).
  • Improved the Adblock Plus developer tools pane. Chrome’s dark theme is now supported (issue 4136), the Control-F search interface now works (issue 4644) and elements hidden by CSS property filters are now listed (issue 3596).
  • Worked around a limitation with Chrome’s onCommitted event which caused many problems (issue 4598, 4599, 4647, 4804). Most notably this caused some requests to be improperly blocked / not blocked.

Celebrate and share a safer Internet with us today!

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:05:12 GMT

Did you know today is the official Safer Internet Day? No? Well, now you do! Today is about celebrating all the accomplishments we have achieved in the past years to make the Internet a better and safer place for everyone.