Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 3.0.3 for Chrome, Firefox and Opera rolled out progressively · 2018-04-10 15:01 by Sebastian Noack

Install Adblock Plus 3.0.3 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 3.0.3 for Firefox
Install Adblock Plus 3.0.3 for Opera

This is the first combined release for Chrome, Opera and Firefox since the troublesome migration to Firefox Web Extensions. This marks a major release for Chrome and Opera, notably including the redesigned Settings page, along with many other improvements. However, there isn’t as much an impact for Firefox users, updating from the previous version. It’s mostly a bug fix release for them.

This release will be rolled out progressively. Today, we started to update 5% of our existing Chrome users. New users installing Adblock Plus from the Chrome Web Store will get the latest version as well. If all goes well, we will push the update out to Firefox, Opera and the remaining Chrome users next week. The reason for rolling this release out in stages is that we want to ensure the new Settings page design is well received.


  • Improved element hiding emulation filters.
    • Fixed false positives and related memory leak in dynamically changing documents (issue 5864).
    • Added regular expression support for :-abp-contains() (issue 6034).
    • Added support for relative prefix within :-abp-has() (issue 6296).
  • Fixed empty error message when adding invalid custom filter (issue 6417).
  • Removed the social media buttons from the ABP icon menu (issue 5613).

Chrome/Opera-only changes

  • Replaced the Settings page with new user experience (issue 6403).
  • Added an update page, announcing the new Settings page (issue 5943).
  • Added an issue reporter for inaccurately blocked content (issue 5880).
  • Started using user style sheets on Chrome 66 (respectively Opera 53) and above, in order to hide elements more reliably (issue 242).
  • Fixed element hiding emulation filters on Chrome 50 (respectively Opera 37) and below (issue 5773).
  • Made the “Block element” option unavailable when navigating to the Chrome Web Store (issue 6191).
  • Worked around limitations of notifications on Opera (issue 5354).

Firefox-only changes

  • Fixed a bug causing pages to be rendered blank when Web Components are enabled (issue 6441).
  • Fixed the “Block element” dialog on Firefox 51 (issue 6113).
  • Fixed links in the mobile Settings page, seen on Android (issue 6199).
  • Fixed: Message about whitelisted domain is shown repeatedly on the Settings page (issue 6420).
  • Improved performance when adding large number of custom filters (issue 6440).

Update (2018-04-18): We proceeded with the progressive roll out, making the update available to all Chrome users. The update for Firefox and Opera will still follow.

Update (2018-04-21): Yesterday, we pushed out the update to Firefox users, but did a mistake which lead to releasing Adblock Plus 3.0.4, today. We also just pushed out the update to Opera users.


Comment [5]

  1. john · 2018-04-16 15:18 · #

    how to add a program if adblocker is stopping it

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    I’m not exactly sure what you are talking about. Are you talking about websites that deny access to their content with an active ad blocker? In that case you can click on the ABP icon and toggle “Enabled on this site” in order to whitelist that website.

  2. anonymous · 2018-04-18 14:50 · #

    What about Mac OS and Safari?

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    Safari is no longer supported by newer versions of Adblock Plus. The Safari extension API is just too different from all other modern browsers — not to mention its limitations — to still justify the active development of a port. That said, Adblock Plus for Safari is still available but in low maintenance mode.

  3. anonymous · 2018-04-21 10:18 · #

    Why not Easylist Privacy as default? Protect users from Facebook etc…

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    By default, Adblock Plus is just an ad blocker. While blocking ads alone already blocks some tracking, blocking invisible trackers is another story. Furthermore, EasyPrivacy can potentially break functionality on some websites, and the additional set of filters can also potentially effect the performance. However, users that are willing to pay that price for better privacy, are free to subscribe to the EasyPrivacy filter list.

  4. GeekyDee · 2018-04-29 22:29 · #

    Why does the ABP 3.0.3 extension in chrome keep unloading itself? Is there a log to see what is happening to troubleshoot the issue? It is happening around 4-6 times a day. Thanks for a great product!

    Reply from Sebastian Noack:

    We are not aware of any issue that would cause this behavior. You might want to try to reinstall Adblock Plus. If the issue still persists, let us know if you can reproduce it as well with the development builds (this is the code to be released with the next version).

  5. Harry · 2018-05-04 09:25 · #

    Thanks for the quick reply. Did not think of the install as update, but of course.
    You might hide an “Update” button under the “Install” though ;)

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