Opened on 09/13/2017 at 12:52:52 PM

Last modified on 09/13/2017 at 07:57:18 PM

#5669 new defect

ABP for Safari on macOS blocks its own settings page with *adblock* filter

Reported by: petruc Assignee:
Priority: P4 Milestone:
Module: Unknown Keywords:
Cc: sebastian, kzar, mapx Blocked By:
Blocking: Platform: Safari
Ready: yes Confidential: no
Tester: Unknown Verified working: no
Review URL(s):



macOS 10.12.5
Safari 10.1.1 (12603.2.4)
ABP Safari 1.12.4
Native Safari content blocking disabled.
Adblock Warning Removal List
Fanboy's Annoyance List
Malware Domains
I don't care about cookies
Prebake - Filter Obtrusive Cookie Notices

How to reproduce

  1. Add
    as a custom filter.
  1. Close and reopen ABP Settings page.


Observed behaviour

  1. Most of the options in the ABP Settings page vanish. The remaining elements are non-functional.
  2. The Settings page is unusable to the point of having to reinstall ABP Safari extension.

Expected behaviour

The ABP Settings page should be exempted from being filtered by ABP itself, and always kept functional.

Other comments

I came across this by naively adding


as custom filter, to remove a "disable your adblocker to see our site" curtain. Many of the DIV elements had that string in ID or NAME. Of course it was a noob move, I should've used proper syntax for the filter. But I was soooo angry at that specific site...

Adding the following custom exception filters:


protected the Settings page perfectly, and could even be added as hidden filters in ABD for Safari, but maybe the developers have a better solution for that.

Anyways, thank you for your hard work and wish you all the best!

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed on 09/13/2017 at 04:31:20 PM by mapx

  • Cc sebastian kzar mapx added

comment:2 Changed on 09/13/2017 at 04:39:38 PM by sebastian

  • Priority changed from Unknown to P4
  • Ready set

comment:3 Changed on 09/13/2017 at 07:49:25 PM by hfiguiere

Also I couldn't find a way to reset this short of removing the extension and reinstalling it.

comment:4 Changed on 09/13/2017 at 07:57:18 PM by sebastian

I agree, that this is a problem. But this issue existed ever since, and the Safari extension is a low priority for us at the moment. However, if somebody submits a patch, I'm happy to include it in the next release, which we might have soon.

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