Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 2.0.1 for Safari released · 2018-09-19 18:05 by Dean Murphy

Install Adblock Plus 2.0.1 for Safari

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


Comment [11]

  1. dersimn · 2018-09-20 10:08 · #

    Support for custom filter lists is gone?

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    In this initial release yes, but we are working to re-add the features from the existing version into this new version.

    Which filter-list in particular would you like to see us add?

  2. mw · 2018-09-20 13:26 · #

    Changes are stated to include: “Added filter list management”.

    But how ? There’s no obviously visible option to do that in this first release. (AdblockPlus v2.01).

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    Currently there are just two filter-lists which you can toggle with the “Allow Acceptable Ads” button on the main screen of the app.

    We are currently working on adding more filter-lists currently so look out for future updates.

  3. alex · 2018-09-20 15:45 · #

    The sense of Adblock Plus is totally lost without filter Lists.
    Button “Uninstall” is missing in Safari! How to remove your AdBlock-extension manually?

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    Sorry that you want to uninstall. We are working on re-adding region specific filter-lists currently and this will be included in a future update.

    If you want to continue with your uninstallation, you just need to delete Adblock Plus app from your Applications folder and that will also remove the Safari Extensions.

  4. Jim · 2018-09-21 13:40 · #

    My custom user filters disappeared when I updated to this new App Store version one. Is there anyway to get my site-specific user-filters back (even if they’re not supported on current release, how and where can I get a backup of them) ?

    Also, please include element-hiding and user-filters in future updates !

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    We are working to restore existing functionality as much as possible. I’m afraid if any custom rules are not backed up they are removed upon update. As the new extension uses a newer syntax (designed by Apple as part of their Content Blocking API), existing custom filters would not be compatible.

  5. Xu · 2018-09-22 10:31 · #

    The youtube ads cannot be blocked in the this version. :-( Is it possible to re-add the filter list in the next release?

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    That is being looked into. Keep an eye out for our future releases!

  6. Me · 2018-09-22 14:35 · #

    You asked which filters people would like: AAK

  7. RN · 2018-09-24 10:04 · #

    I am reeling from all of the changes that Apple have enforced. Per Jim above: Custom user filters and Element hiding are absolutely essential. If you are not going to bring them back, please be good enough to advise so I can move on and find other ways to work.

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    We are planning to bring these features back in the future, but due to time constraints of the Safari 12 release, they were unable to make the initial release.

  8. Charlize · 2018-09-24 15:30 · #

    Hi – does the updated version still block canvas fingerprinting?

    Thank you.

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    EasyList does block some canvas fingerprinting by default and will be more effective once EasyPrivacy support is added in the future.

    For more information on Canvas Fingerprinting, check out our post here:

  9. Monica · 2018-09-26 11:53 · #

    Does the new version still avoid sites from tracking your online activity? plus malware domains?
    (by enabling EasyList/EasyPrivacy)
    And are the YouTube ads still being blocked? because that’s the main thing I use this for..

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    The current version uses EasyList to block, and will be updated to offer EasyPrivacy in the future. We have improved our filter lists in an upcoming version (v2.0.2) which should be available soon.

  10. Chris · 2018-09-27 16:08 · #

    Please restore the ability to add custom rules and element hiding as soon as you possibly can. I used ABP to clean up a lot of scripting such as Google’s “People also searched for” element, and I really miss it in this new version. Thanks for the quick turnaround on the new version after Safari’s sudden changes.

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    That’s the plan Chris! We’re working hard to restore the missing features.

  11. RL · 2018-09-27 19:48 · #

    I can not block “Suggested videos” (aka “Up next”) in YouTube.
    I mean this:
    It’s so sad :(
    I really miss this feature.
    It was my favourite feature.

    Reply from Dean Murphy:

    Look out for our future updates as we are actively working to restore missing features.

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