Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Experimental Adblock Plus for Chrome builds available with better blocking · 2011-09-28 19:20 by Wladimir Palant

Starting with Adblock Plus for Google Chrome there are two development builds — the “standard” version and the experimental version. The experimental version uses the new webRequest API that allows Adblock Plus to block requests better. Unfortunately, this API isn’t stable yet which means that you need to go to chrome://flags and activate “Experimental Extension APIs” option. Then you will be able to install the experimental build and it will update to new experimental versions automatically.

What you should expect in this build:

  • All ads blocked, no matter how fast the page loads.
  • Background images and in-video ads will be blocked (feel free to uncheck “Block ads inside YouTube videos” option, it should no longer be required).

Known issues:

  • Issues with sites loading images dynamically are not resolved yet, the old blocking mechanism is still active in these builds.
  • Some false positives possible because Chrome doesn’t distinguish between objects and object subrequests.

Let us know if you see more issues with these builds.

To the install page


Comment [5]

  1. AdBlockFun · 2011-09-28 23:12 · #


  2. RieGo · 2011-09-28 23:23 · #

    working fine so far!

  3. BlockThemAll!! · 2011-09-29 11:54 · #

    really awesome!

  4. Ogre · 2011-10-01 12:03 · #

    The video blocking works great now!

    I’m curious, the image issue you’re refering to, is that the one I’m seeing, where now ads that used to be wiped out completely and invisible are instead showing up as giant broken image boxes? It’s sorta frustrating having to keep both copies of AdBlock going and consuming more RAM than neccesary to cover both types. =(

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    See – that image issue is no longer a problem because newer builds disable the old blocking approach. Currently the side-effect is that blocked images aren’t collapsed, that will need to be solved later (there is plenty of time, this experimental API won’t be available to regular extensions any time soon).

  5. TheAngryPenguin · 2011-10-12 05:28 · #

    Just found out about the experimental builds — many thanks for all the effort! Nonetheless, I just got the latest build up and running, and when I go to view a post on the Cheezburger Network that contains an embedded Viddler object (e.g., absolutely nothing happens when I click the play button.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Ouch, thank you for noticing, fixed: The next build should be fine.

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