GlimmerBlocker
GlimmerBlocker
1.6.6

4.2

GlimmerBlocker free download for Mac

GlimmerBlocker

1.6.6
17 September 2015

Safari ad blocker.

Overview

GlimmerBlocker is a different kind of ad blocker. The problem with other ad blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer. This compromises the stability of Safari and very often creates problems when Apple releases a new version. GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an HTTP proxy, so the stability of Safari isn't compromised because it doesn't use any hacks. It is even compatible with all other browsers.

You'll always be able to upgrade Safari without breaking GlimmerBlocker (or waiting for a new release); and you'll be able to upgrade GlimmerBlocker without upgrading Safari. This makes it much easier to use the beta versions of Safari and especially the nightly builds of WebKit. Because GlimmerBlocker doesn't hack Safari, there is a few things it isn't able to do: adding a block by right-clicking an image, stopping pop-unders, and filtering cookies from 3rd party sites. But you win a lot in stability, and GlimmerBlocker provides much easier methods for adding your own modifications to pages by adding CSS rules, pieces of JavaScript or by transforming the HTML before Safari receives it. So I hope you're happy with the tradeoff.

If you can program in JavaScript you'll be able to add your own modifications to pages. See the included filters for examples, e.g., adding a download link to YouTube.

What's new in GlimmerBlocker

Version 1.6.6:
Bug fixes and better upgrader
  • Fix crasher when activating/de-activating GlimmerBlocker on some OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) systems. Reported by Alex K.
  • Use CONNECT/SOCKS etc for CONNECT requets when a site-wide proxy has been specified. Reported by Adam J.
  • Minor fixes:
    • Better log (in debug mode) when connect fails.
    • Fix syntax bug in parser.
    • Timeout for socket reads in CONNECT requests.
    • Improved naming of threads Suppress "EXCEPTION WHILE USING CONNECTION" when Safari aborts connection while downloading file.

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persecutor
15 February 2009

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I don`t get it. This Proxy runs fine but leaves Little Snitch useless, as the case would be for me. Every App. that fones home via http:// goes unrecognized by Little Snitch.
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Version 1.3.1
misterjspencer
08 May 2019
Is this still being maintained, are scripts being updated?
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Version 1.6.6
1 answer(s)
misterjspencer
misterjspencer
12 June 2019
No response, just interested if anyone was producing filters, most seemed to not have been updated from 2015
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Bonobo
13 January 2017
GlimmerBlocker has for a long time been one of the essential softwares on all my Macs and it still is :-) THANK YOU!
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Version 1.6.6
George6
19 November 2016
hm, i m trying this, because adblock plus gets detected by more and more sites, and using anti adblock scripts are not the way. sadly it seems to me that glimmerblocker filter lists are not too greatly maintained, some of the user lists on the websites are even outdated links which you can't subscribe to anymore. atm you need to add some rules to each of your favourite sites first. that would be ok if the ui was a bit nicer, but sadly it is pretty old, seemingly from 10.4 or so. why does it use the system preferences anyway? it's a proxy, so a web gui would be the logical choice, allowing you to maintain your settings from the browsers itself. anyway, if you get the hang of it, it works. not in beauty, but it works. i just wish the dev would give it a complete overhaul, the increasing adblock detection on websites maybe gives this project a new user base, and makes it worth the effort! (tested on 10.10)
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Version 1.6.6
1 answer(s)
George6
George6
19 November 2016
@dev: firefox uses the systems proxy settings here, btw.

and.. i'd pay for this, if it gets a boost :)
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Michael Haeusler
24 October 2015
Nope. Doesn't work on El Capitan. After upgrading to El Capitan from Yosemite, I did a clean uninstall of GB plus hard wipe (i.e. manually deleting every last trace of GB, including installer receipts) followed by a reboot (after installation) and another reboot (after GB & Network setup as per instructions on the GB website), and nothing happens. GlimmerBlocker sits around idle at ca. 0.1% CPU load, internet access, VPN and everything else works, but Safari, Chrome and the other apps still show all the ads that are supposed to be blocked by GB. (I'm using the extended LittleSnitch script that leaves local web servers alone, e.g. printer servers.) It's a preference pane that I desperately want to have working on my system, but it simply won't (Yosemite 10.11.1, GB 1.6.6). It's a catastrophe… don't wanna use Adblock Plus.
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Version 1.6.6
3 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
20 December 2015
What LS script would that be?

I've been using LS for years and wasn't aware of an "extended script" that might be useful. Now that you said that I searched but didn't find one.

Link?
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MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
21 December 2015
https://glimmerblocker.org/wiki/LittleSnitch -- "A more elaborate PAC configuration"
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
21 December 2015
Thanks, didn't know it was only useful with GB which I'd already decided I don't want to use.

Other GB/LS users may find it useful though, so thanks for posting the link.
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misterjspencer
20 October 2015
I have tried them all, ad block plus on safari, perl scripts working through squid, and privoxy. This is the easiest install and set up of filters. The problem is the filters are not perfect and there is not enough going on in the creation of filters, on the filter page of the glimmer blocker web site. I have found a few others across the web even tried to make one of my own (not brilliant) Filter creators please step up, especially if you could convert the adblock plus filter
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Version 1.6.6
Ptk3
19 October 2015
Worked for me on Yosemite, but does not work on El Capitan installed this morning. Activated, it blocks my internet connection, and had a prompt that says "Problem performing the request. Try deactivate and reactivate GlimmerBlocker". One of the early prompt of El Capitan, after its installation, said that GlimmerBlocker is not compatible with this version of OSX. I'll wait for an update, but in the meantime, I deactive it.
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Version 1.6.6
1 answer(s)
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
24 October 2015
I had the same issue when updating from Snow Leopard to Yosemite. Before upgrading to El Capitan, I did a complete uninstall, then re-installed GB only after the system upgrade. GlimmerBlocker now runs stable, does not block my internet connection anymore, but alas it still doesn't work. Safari & Co. don't go through the GB proxy on 127.0.0.1. There is something very wrong with GlimmerBlocker at the moment, I fear.
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pa-geographer
19 September 2015
Version 1.6.6 not compatible with OS X 10.9 as stated here. Requires 10.10 or later.
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Version 1.6.6
MichaelHaeusler
10 August 2015
It says "OS X 10.9" or later, but in reality it's not compatible with Yosemite (10.10.4) and Safari 8.0.7, latest Firefox etc. with LittleSnitch. Tried the new LittleSnitch script for 10.9, even tried Glimmerblocker beta (1.6.6b42), but no use. Such a great app, but the current OS is not supported. Don't even bother. Willing to give it a good rating again, but it needs to be updated first.
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Version 1.6.5
1 answer(s)
emendelson
emendelson
13 August 2015
I use Glimmerblocker 1.6.5 with OS X 10.10.4 and Safari 8.0.7 and the latest version of Little Snitch. It works perfectly. I've never had the slightest trouble with it.
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Jacblac
29 May 2015
For whatever it may be worth, after reinstalling Yosemite 10.10.3 (Safari kept freezing, despite my sundry efforts to fix it), i got a window saying that GlimmerBlocker (1.6.5) is incompatible w. this version of the OS. Safari still acted up after the reinstallation, so i trashed the different bits of GlimmerBlocker, & now Safari works as it should.
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Version 1.6.5
Zx81
01 February 2015
"GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an HTTP proxy" ; I need help here. Does this mean every page I view goes through a kind of GlimmerBlocker Proxy (& would cause security and privacy problems?) Thanks.
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Version 1.6.5
2 answer(s)
Alrescha
Alrescha
01 February 2015
No, GlimmerBlocker runs as an HTTP proxy on your own machine. It's all local.
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Zx81
Zx81
01 February 2015
Thanks Alrescha
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