uBlock Origin

Mattias Geniar, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - last modified: Sunday, May 10, 2015

I've tested this the last few weeks and I'm not going back to Adblock Plus. Welcome to the club, uBlock Origin.

uBlock is a general-purpose blocker — not an ad blocker specifically.

uBlock blocks ads through its support of the Adblock Plus filter syntax. uBlock extends the syntax and is designed to work with custom rules and filters.


On average, uBlock really does make your browser run leaner. [1]
uBlock on Github

Its open source mentality, the speed and memory consumption, ... I've had nothing but good experiences from uBlock.


My browser feels snappy again.

Remove Adblock Plus and install uBlock, you won't regret it.

Update 10/5/2015: uBlock has been renamed to uBlock Origin

Many thanks to @haploc who let me know in the comments!

In a Reddit post, the reasoning behind the move from uBlock to uBlock Origin is further explained.

The plugin was originally created by gorhill and got help from chrismatic. It seems both had mixed intentions for the project, resulting in the rename.

-- gorhill got tired of dozens of "my facebook isnt working plz help" issues.
-- he handed the repository to chrismatic while maintaining control of the extension in the Chrome webstore (by forking chrismatic's version back to himself).
-- chrismatic promptly added donate buttons and a "made with love by Chris" note.
-- gorhill took exception to this and asked chrismatic to change the name so people didn't confuse uBlock (the original, now called uBlock Origin) and uBlock (chrismatic's version)
-- Google took down gorhill's extension. Apparently this was because of the naming issue (since technically chrismatic has control of the repo).
-- gorhill renamed and rebranded his version of ublock to uBlock Origin.

So the original uBlock extension got handed over to uBlock Origin. Time to update your plugin!

Save yourself memory, CPU and get a smoother web browsing experience in return. Get uBlock Origin.

Hi! My name is Mattias Geniar. I'm a Support Manager at Nucleus Hosting in Belgium, a general web geek, public speaker and podcaster. Currently working on DNS Spy. Follow me on Twitter as @mattiasgeniar.

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Bob Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 20:46 (permalink)

Read the reviews on the Chrome store?


    Mattias Geniar Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 08:45 (permalink)

    I haven’t, but I’ve also had no bad experiences with running uBlock.


      Christopher Ranschaert Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 16:22 (permalink)

      Looks like there are plenty of reviews saying that you should use “uBlock Origin” instead.


        Mattias Geniar Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 19:43 (permalink)

        Good point, I missed that uBlock vs. uBlock Origin battle.

        I updated the post, thanks for letting me know!


Mike S. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 02:49 (permalink)

Most websites with advertisements use the ads to support the site. So I consider browsing with an ad-blocker to be rude. If I like the site, then I want them to get ad revenue. Your own site uses ads!

On the other hand, I have my plugins set to “click to play”. It’s possible to make obnoxious, whole page ads with just Javascript, but most of the time Flash is involved. In that case I don’t feel bad about preventing the bad behavior, and having Flash off does that.


    Mattias Geniar Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 08:47 (permalink)

    So I consider browsing with an ad-blocker to be rude.

    I’m with you on this, actually. I run ads on this blog as well, so I’m in a dubious situation.

    However, blocking ads isn’t only about a better website experience. It’s also about blocking 3rd party trackers, privacy concerns, … So I unblock uBlock for those particular sites I want to endorse, whose content I appreciate.


Mike S. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 14:46 (permalink)

Good point. Third party cookies are a much uglier can of beans. I don’t mind seeing advertisements. I do mind being tracked across 90% of the websites I visit.


carstorm Friday, May 15, 2015 at 08:06 (permalink)

Any plans for this to come to the Maxthon browser which I recently switched to from chrome and love much better!


Nacho Friday, February 10, 2017 at 18:28 (permalink)

Have you still no intention of adding ublock to Maxthon Cloud Browser?



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