Adblock Plus 2.0.3 for Safari released · 2018-10-04 10:29 by Dean Murphy
- Updated filter lists
Adblock Plus 2.0.2 for Safari released · 2018-10-02 14:53 by Dean Murphy
- Added logic to update filter lists between app updates
- Fixed filter list not loading on initial install in rare instances
- Updated filter lists
- Updated Deployment target from 10.12 to 10.12.6
- Updated on-boarding styling
- Updated on-boarding for legacy users to see toolbar installation procedure
- Updated Toolbar Extension hover text
- Updated Toolbar Extension descrpiton
- Updated Toolbar & Content Blocker Extension names
Adblock Plus 2.0.1 for Safari released · 2018-09-19 18:05 by Dean Murphy
Adblock Plus 2.0.1 has been made from the ground up to support Safari’s native content blocking engine, which is required for ad blocking to function as of Safari 12.0.
The main advantage of using the new content blocking APIs are the significant improvements to the speed and performance of ad blocking capabilities. Using these APIs also means there’s still some ground work to be done to improve the accuracy of what’s being blocked. We’ll be working over time to better optimize our filter list generation to provide a great ad blocking experience.
As this is a newly-built native macOS app, some features from the previous version aren’t available just yet but will be re-introduced with ongoing development.
- Added filter list management
- Added user controlled whitelisting
- Added ‘Help Page’ with support/social links
- Added user controlled whitelisting in toolbar extension UI
- Added on-boarding instructions
- Added automated removal of legacy ABP extension
- Fixed whitelist UI not updating in some instances
Adblock Plus 1.12.5 for Safari released · 2018-08-01 06:00 by Sebastian Noack
- Restored limited compatibility with Safari 12, and prepared to notify users to migrate to our new Safari App Extension (issue 6786).
- Worked around an issue with pre-rendered tabs that caused ads not to be blocked and potentially other issues, in an edge case scenario (issue 3200).
- Fixed key-based whitelisting, which was broken since the previous release (issue 4902).
- Improved Content Blockers support (issue 5464).
Adblock Plus 1.12.4 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released · 2016-10-26 14:06 by Dave Barker
- Stopped the “Block Element” dialog from suggesting filters based on huge URLs, since they often made Adblock Plus become unresponsive (issue 4330).
- WebSocket connections are now considered to be of type
$other(issue 4448). For more information see Wladimir’s blog post.
- Removed the features section from the first-run page (issue 4295, issue 4294).
- Fixed a bug relating to how the document domain is determined, especially after redirects (issue 4386).
- Added a workaround to fix
$sitekeywhitelisting for requests made directly after a redirection (issue 4483).
- Improved WebSocket blocking capabilities (issue 4372).
- Fixed YouTube ad blocking on Safari 6 (issue 4351).
Adblock Plus 1.12.3 for Safari released · 2016-09-21 13:17 by Dave Barker
Install Adblock Plus 1.12.3 for Safari (Safari 6 or higher required)
This is an emergency release, only for Safari, which fixes compatibility with Safari 10. Starting with Safari 10 Technical Preview Release 11, Apple made a change which broke Adblock Plus. Safari 10 was then released before our fix (issue 4150) could be released normally. As a result we are forced to perform this emergency release.
Builds for Chrome and Opera were generated as well. But since there were no changes compared to the previous release, we didn’t upload these to their respective web stores.
Event.initEvent()calls for compatibility with Safari 10 (issue 4150).
Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released · 2016-08-23 17:51 by Dave Barker
This is a minor release, focused on stability and preventing circumvention.
- Prevent websites from abusing WebSockets to serve adverts (issue 1727).
- Improved Element Hiding protections against circumvention (issue 4191, 4298).
- Fixed a bug that caused content in anonymous frames to be blocked even when the parent frame was whitelisted (issue 4150).
- Worked around an issue with MutationObservers which caused older versions of Chrome and Opera to hang for some websites (issue 4101).
- Added more versions of our icons that look sharper with the new Material Design (issue 4218).
- Removed an outdated workaround that caused some whitelisted elements to be hidden in anonymous frames (issue 4210).
- Fixed a bug that caused the options page to be sometimes opened multiple times when the experimental Content Blocking feature was enabled (issue 4199).
- Improved the conversion from Adblock Plus filters to Content Blocking rules for the experimental Content Blocking feature, making sure to block/whitelist all subdomains for filters starting with
- Fixed a typo that broke key-based whitelisting (issue 4300).
Adblock Plus 1.12.1 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released · 2016-06-28 12:56 by Dave Barker
This is a minor release, including some bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Further improved element hiding performance, reducing overall page load times (issue 4075).
- Fixed a bug that stopped Adblock Plus filter subscription links from working for old versions of Chrome and Opera (issue 4065).
- Fixed a regression, introduced with the previous release, that stopped adverts from being blocked on YouTube when using older versions of Safari that still relied on the Flash player (issue 4141).
- Fixed a minor bug when converting
$documentexception rules to Safari Content Blocking rules (issue 4076, issue 4072).
Adblock Plus 1.12 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released · 2016-06-01 15:03 by Sebastian Noack
This release features experimental Safari Content Blocking support. So if you’re on Safari 9, you can try out the new (faster) blocking mechanism now by enabling it in the options. But please read the announcement first; as that feature is still experimental and Content Blockers have some limitations, there are some caveats. However, Content Blockers will eventually completely replace the old mechanism we relied on so far on Safari.
There also have been some bug fixes and other improvements for all platforms which are listed below, and some changes under the hood which aren’t visible to the user.
- Improved performance of element hiding, reducing page load times (issue 235, issue 4038, issue 4036).
- Fixed a regression, introduced with the previous release, which caused the Adblock Warning Removal List to not be added anymore (issue 3772).
- Prevent websites from circumventing element hiding by removing or disabling the stylesheet (issue 3699).
- Prevent websites from showing previously blocked elements (issue 3840).
- Added an option to hide the Adblock Plus developer tools panel (issue 3796).
- Prevent websites from tricking users into adding subscriptions by simulating clicks on abp:subscribe links (issue 3828).
- Worked around a Chrome bug that broke the feedback functionality on blogger.com (issue 2687).
- Administrators deploying Adblock Plus via group policy can now configure additional subscriptions (issue 3801).
- Starting with this release, there are unified builds for Chrome and Opera, using the exact same code on both browsers (issue 3760).
- Added experimental support for Safari Content Blocking (see above, issue 3687).
- Fixed: Wrong domain was whitelisted by icon menu after navigating through the history (issue 3924).
Experimental Safari Content Blocking support · 2016-05-18 14:54 by Dave Barker
With Safari 9 Apple announced support for Content Blocking Extensions, with the aim of providing a more efficient way for Safari extensions to block adverts. (At the same time they announced the depreciation of the old method Safari extensions use to block adverts, implying it is likely to be removed from future Safari versions.) Since then we have been working on adding experimental Content Blocking support to Adblock Plus (issue 3687). It will be available as of Adblock Plus 1.12 for Safari and is now in the developments builds as of 220.127.116.112.
Content Blocking can be enabled from the options page for supported versions of Adblock Plus and Safari:
But wait! Before you give it a try, here are some things you should know:
- Safari disables the old method we use to block adverts when Content Blocking is enabled. This means that after disabling Content Blocking you will need to restart Safari.
- To support Content Blocking we translate Adblock Plus filters to Content Blocking rules. While we’re working to improve this it is still a fairly slow process, you may notice a small delay when enabling Content Blocking or when adjusting your filters and subscriptions. (Each change causes the Content Blocking rules to be regenerated.)
- Adblock Plus filters do not translate perfectly to Content Blocking rules, which means that some filters simply won’t work at all and some other filters may not work exactly as before.
- Safari 9 has a limit of 50,000 Content Blocking rules, causing an error to be shown when exceeded: “Extension compilation failed: Too many rules in JSON array.”. If you see this error try disabling some filter list subscriptions. We are working to further compress the Content Blocking rules generated and also hope that Apple will increase this limit in future versions of Safari.