Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 1.8 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released · 2014-05-06 14:00 by Sebastian Noack

Install Adblock Plus 1.8 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.8 for Opera (Opera 17 or higher required)
Install Adblock Plus 1.8 for Safari (Safari 6 or higher required)

Adblock Plus for Safari is out of beta and this is the first release where we release for Safari, Chrome and Opera simultaneously. Adblock Plus for Safari is mostly on par with Adblock Plus for Chrome and Opera. There are currently some limitations however when it comes to blocking popups, XMLHttpRequests and requests initiated by Flash. Most of these are limitations in Safari that will hopefully be addressed in future Safari versions.

We also added a notification that shows up the first time users visit websites which show obtrusive anti-adblock messages, asking them whether to block those or not. This was ported from Adblock Plus for Firefox, where we introduced it in February (issue 174).

In order to hide elements we have to inject a stylesheet into the web page. However, changing an arbitrary web page always introduces the chance to break something. So we are now using Shadow DOM if available (that’s almost all supported Chrome and Opera versions). This allows us to hide our stylesheet from the web page itself (issue 309).

Chrome 35 is now in beta and has changed quite a few things in particular for extensions. So this release includes changes to restore compatibility with Chrome 35. At the same time we have dropped support for versions older than Chrome 28. Adblock Plus already suffered from some limitations on older Chrome versions, but with recent changes it is no longer possible to support Chrome 18 to 27.

This update also contains a fix for an issue with saving the data to disk which occasionally led to all filter lists and custom filters being removed (issue 361).

Other changes

  • Fixed: Wrong filter was sometimes created by “Block Element” dialog when matching elements by class.
  • Fixed various issues with the emergency notification mechanism.
  • The icon indicating whether Adblock Plus is enabled/disabled is correctly set on startup now.
  • Collapsed elements are now hidden instead of being removed from the document, in order to prevent JavaScript issues (issue 194).
  • Added high-resolution icons for Retina displays (issue 4).
  • Fixed issues with unknown frames and memory leaks while keeping track of frames (issue 178).
  • Fixed race condition sometimes preventing initialization on first run (issue 337).


Comment [3]

  1. Chezandre · 2014-05-07 09:26 · #


    I get this message when i’m installing Adblock Plus from the Chrome web store:

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    There was an issue with the Dutch translation, which prevented installation from the Chrome Web Store. It has been fixed in Adblock Plus 1.8.1.

  2. Ryan Adrian Hart · 2014-05-08 12:12 · #

    Thanks for the gr8 work! :)

  3. Oscar · 2014-05-08 14:25 · #

    Hello, i experienced some freezes overall navigation. I deactivated it and it was solved. Iam using the last 34 of Chrome. What’s the problem?

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    Please file a bug report with steps to reproduce.

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