Back to GlimmerBlocker page
GlimmerBlocker free download for Mac

GlimmerBlocker Reviews

1.6.6
17 September 2015

Safari ad blocker.

persecutor
15 February 2009

Most helpful

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.
Like (11)
Version 1.3.1

Read 118 GlimmerBlocker User Reviews

Rate this app:

misterjspencer
08 May 2019
Is this still being maintained, are scripts being updated?
Like
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
Like
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!
Like
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to me that glimmerblocker filter lists are not too greatly maintained, some of the user lists on the websites are even outdated links which you can't subscribe to anymore.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)
Like (1)
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 :)
Like
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.
Like
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?
Like
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
21 December 2015
https://glimmerblocker.org/wiki/LittleSnitch -- "A more elaborate PAC configuration"
Like
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.
Like
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
Like (2)
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.
Like
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.
Like
pa-geographer
19 September 2015
Version 1.6.6 not compatible with OS X 10.9 as stated here. Requires 10.10 or later.
Like
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.
Like
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.
Like (1)
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.
Like
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.
Like
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.
Like (1)
Zx81
Zx81
01 February 2015
Thanks Alrescha
Like
ylluminate
06 January 2015
Absolutely essential. This is definitely one of the first installs on new workstations that we have. I do use a couple other items in conjunction, but this is super useful and handy and the additional logging facilities are very useful as a developer for debugging, etc. from time to time.
Like (2)
Version 1.6
Fuhayer
03 January 2015
i paused AdBlock and tried this to see its performance but it did not block all the ads that Adblock did in some sites. it needs more work to block all ads.
Like
Version 1.6
2 answer(s)
tfigs
tfigs
03 January 2015
I am seeing the same thing. It is letting ads pass through. This version 1.6 is a step backwards. Also, when I click on the check for updates it just freezes.
Like
tfigs
tfigs
03 January 2015
I contacted support and they were great. Got back to me and had me turn on Web Proxy in the Network settings. All works well now.
Like (2)
Madmacmad
02 January 2015
still the Best!!!! don't look further.... forget this fxxk Adblocker in Safari & other Browsers... this is the ultimative Weapon and you can easy customize it! Kudos & Respect to the Dev... i use it since the beginning on all my Mac's... Thank you to keep it Free and for the Updates!!!!
Like (2)
Version 1.6
tfigs
30 November 2014
Works in Yosemite despite the warning that it doesn't. I tried the Safari extensions AdBlock and also AdBlock Plus. Both were fine but I would have trouble with some pages loading correctly. GlimmerBlocker just works.
Like
Version 1.5.3
misterjspencer
31 December 2013
is it true that adblockers are selling advertising bypass to the ad people? At least so i read on a comment down at lifehacker
Like
Version 1.5.3
4 answer(s)
Molamola
Molamola
05 August 2014
AdBlock plus does accept money for letting "acceptable" ads pass. No point to post this here on the Glimmer blocker comment threat - just because one Ad Blocker has a questionable (and much discussed) business practice this does not mean "adblockers" are like this in general. It's like asking is it true colors are read because you saw something red once...
Like
Macmend-com
Macmend-com
06 August 2014
You may have a point but it seems like a legitimate question that all ad blockers need to answer
Like (2)
Molamola
Molamola
06 August 2014
At least Glimmerblockers Filter Lists are totally transparent to any user, you can add your own filters and subscribe to additional lists - I don't see any mechanism designed to bypass "paid" advertisers. Also, development is open source and not commercial - you can look at it. I can understand the critic on AdBlock plus which ended up as business, but Glimmerblocker really is a different story.
Like (1)
Macmend-com
Macmend-com
06 August 2014
That is a valid view, but most people just take an adblocker install and forget it, if articles appear suggesting that Adblock organisations take money to let some ads through then the question needs to be asked of all. The simple answer is no we don't do that., because we have a different ethos.
The shareware and software markets changed with the advent of iOS in that much software purporting to be free uses differing ways to make money, subscription, in app purchase etc. Users now want to ask more questions and rightly so.
Glimmerblocker is a fine piece of software that I use and enjoy but being open to question is something that needs to be prepared for.
Like (1)
pa-geographer
29 October 2013
Version 1.5.1 works fine with Mavericks AND with Oracle's Java SE 7.. The current version, 1.5.3, for some reason requires Apple's old Java SE 6.
Like
Version 1.5.3
Jazzyguy
23 October 2013
It WILL work in Mavericks Go to the Developer's Web Site and follow the instructions to download the Java which is an integral part of it.You may have to download twice but it definitely works in Mavericks. 5 stars for sure!
Like (2)
Version 1.5.3
3 answer(s)
Rollerdl
Rollerdl
23 October 2013
I am not a developer. I updated to OS X maverick this morning from the MAS. After the update it prompted me to download Java which I did. Is that the job are you refer to? Apple's Java version 6?
Like
Rollerdl
Rollerdl
23 October 2013
Nevermind that last comment. I understand what you mean now. I see their comment on their website thanks a lot.
Like
Rollerdl
Rollerdl
23 October 2013
I only needed to reinstall Glimmerblocker. Did not need to do the java part. Thanks again. All good now.
Like
Rollerdl
23 October 2013
Not compatable with OS X Maverick yet. :(
Like
Version 1.5.3
SickTeddyBear
17 July 2013
Developer Quote: "The problem with other ad-blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer." It seems to me that with the advent of extensions for Safari, and the specific availability of the AdBlock extension, that GlimmerBlocker has become much less necessary than it did in the past. There are obviously use cases where GlimmerBlocker provides needed features that AdBlock does not, but for the average person, I no longer see a purpose for this program.
Like (3)
Version 1.5.3
1 answer(s)
hwgray
hwgray
18 September 2013
"I no longer see a purpose for this program." Different strokes for different folks.
Like (1)
pa-geographer
17 July 2013
Version 1.5.3 won't install without Apple's old Java SE 6 installed. I reverted back to 1.5.1, as it installs and runs fine with Oracle Java SE 7.
Like
Version 1.5.3
Glimmer Blocker oversees far more than just web browser ads. At first I thought it might be a good thing, as Little Snitch monitored a lot of new GlimmerBlocker intercepts. But soon I found that it seriously degraded my internet access. Apparently it doesn't play well with my Linksys router. There may be a way to manage this, but I don't have the expertise to deal with all those GB parameters. For me, if it doesn't work "out of the box", it doesn't work.
Like (4)
Version 1.5.2
Jazzyguy
19 May 2013
The app runs beautifully on Safari 6.0.4 I had a banner on Tampa Bay Journal advertising something or other and after installing the ad was no longer there. This app is an essential for OSX
Like (2)
Version 1.5.2
Luddite
07 April 2013
Works beautifully (1.5.1) on 10.8.3/Safari 6.03. And the developer sorted a minor installation problem within minutes...on a Sunday afternoon!
Like
Version 1.5.1
June8
27 November 2012
Browser independent, doesn't slow down surfing, easy to add own rules.
Like (1)
Version 1.5.1
Monkeyjunkey
30 July 2012
Great tool. Not sure why it's subtitle is "Safari ad blocker" if, since using an http proxy, it basically works with every browser. Actually it's browser independent...
Like (4)
Version 1.5.1
1 answer(s)
Thyx
Thyx
07 August 2012
The (original) reason should be that Safari/Webkit didn't offer a similar kind of add-on as Firefox/Mozilla …
Like
Jobby
28 July 2012
The previous version Just Worked when using an iPhone on the local network. With this update, I have to create /Library/GlimmerBlocker/preferIPv4Stack.txt for the iPhone to work with GlimmerBlocker. Why is the new default behaviour something that breaks stuff? And why is there not a UI for changing it, rather than having to mess about creating random files? (Hint: even if you don't want a UI, you can still put it in the preferences plist and tell people to use "defaults write")
Like
Version 1.5.0
Jazzyguy
24 July 2012
This Version is Excellent! No bugs at all.
Like (1)
Version 1.5.0
Bfulop
15 May 2012
More than just an AdBlocker. It's an easy to use personal proxy. Yes, you can subscribe to AdBlock lists and filter out ads on ALL of your browsers. Yes you can easily add custom rules to filter whatever you want. The reason I'm loving this software is that I can use it in my day-to-day web development work. I can set it up with a couple of clicks, so that any browser on my mac uses a local CSS, image, JS file instead of the one on the distant server. This really helps my productivity when working on a client's live website where I could not easily tweak their files. Even more I can set up Windows/IE on VMWare to use Glimmerblocker and I can test my work on IE before I the files go live. It's just fantastic! And I haven't touched all the possibilities you can do with it! If you are a web developer you should really check it out!
Like (4)
Version 1.4.16
Kerridge
12 May 2012
This is a request for assistance. Downloading this goes nowhere.... loads and thats it, nothing happens. Have Saf 5.1.7 on osx 10.7.4 installed.
Like
Version 1.4.16
Bachman
26 February 2012
The best AD-Blocker i've ever seen. Keep up the good work!
Like (3)
Version 1.4.16
M-Luther
10 February 2012
Horrible preference pane. With Parental Controls enabled, nothing would show in Safari on my kids accounts when going to websites. Spent over an hour troubleshooting, changing parental control prefs, and even after deleting GlimmerBlocker the websites STILL would not show. After reading of another user having the same problem, I reinstalled GlimmerBlocker, then disabled it in the preference pane, and THEN deleted it, and now everything is back to normal. Does not work with Parental Controls under 10.7.3.
Like (2)
Version 1.4.16
1 answer(s)
albertop9
albertop9
30 January 2013
A BUG IN OS X LION is the culprit, according to the devs. From http://glimmerblocker.org : «Compatibility: Parental controls: There is a bug in Lion's parental controls, which breaks using any kind of http proxy. You need to ​report this problem to Apple as they're the only one who can fix the bug. The more reports, the more likely Apple is to fix the bug.»
Like
The-Equalizer
04 February 2012
Test drove this for a few days, but it never worked for me. The same old pop-ups / flash advertising appeared in great number again and again at just about every website I visited (especially news sites). Would love a 'right-click & block' option, but even these never seem to work.
Like (3)
Version 1.4.16
ben-marko
04 January 2012
I just downloaded and installed version 1.5.0b4, it is still broken. Can the developer tell us what they would like to see as far as feedback to help fix bugs? Or are there any log files or the like we can send to help speed development?
Like
Version 1.4.16
ben-marko
23 December 2011
Yes, my Glimmer Blocker seems to be broken completely. When I check the preference pane, it tells me it is activated, but it doesn't block anything anymore - pretty disappointing since when it did work, it was hands-down the best ad blocker out there. Please fix it!
Like
Version 1.4.16
Madmacmad
08 December 2011
... for me the BEST AD BLOCKER out there !!!! Well i have test them all and can confirm this works with ALL Browsers without any configuration and it is very fast... I Used AD Blocker Safari Plugin but had a lot of AD's that still pop up.... Now with Glimmerblocker all is fine and it is very easy to configure and make own rules... All my Rules in other Ad Blocker doesn't work so well as with Glimmer.... So try and you will see !!!! Thanks and kudos to the Dev to let it FREE !!! So waste no time just install and be happy This is the BEST AD Blocker out there !!!!!!!!!!
Like (2)
Version 1.4.16
Frankns
21 August 2011
Since my upgrade to Lion, my Console floods with "kernel: IPV6 Non Local address" messages. Turn off GB and the messages go away. I've worked with the developer - VERY responsive - but haven't been able to solve the problem. So far, the conclusion has been that it it is a bug in Lion.
Like
Version 1.4.16
1 answer(s)
Frankns
Frankns
15 October 2011
With the 10.7.2 no more messages in the console. Great to see this. GB is best in class and Peter is a fine, responsive developer
Like
Arminder
21 August 2011
Worked well for video ads.
Like (1)
Version 1.4.16
Stringer
01 August 2011
Hey just switched from Safari AdBlocker because couldn't wait for a 10.7 Lion update so decided to try GlimmerBlocker. It works different then most ad blockers its a proxy i think?? and it is set in the system preferences. My first impressions are that it works well I tried 10 of my favourite sites and it blocked all of the ads just as well or better then my old ad blocker so am happy with this program.
Like (2)
Version 1.4.16
Sanjinko
20 July 2011
The latest version requires installation of Java runtime, which isn't incorporated in Lion.
Like (3)
Version 1.4.15
2 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
01 August 2011
It's a separate download... and?
Like
Molamola
Molamola
01 August 2011
it always needed java because it's java based. it's lion who asks now to download java because with lion java isn't part of the os distribution anymore. nothing has changed with glimmer blocker, the os changed.
Like (1)
Jazzyguy
18 July 2011
This version works great!
Like (4)
Version 1.4.15
Rochade
16 July 2011
Found that GB isn't working on Lion GM for me. I only received a cryptic message, telling me to deactivate and reactivate GB. Until I found the "Also download beta" in the Software Update checker. With v 1.4.15b7 I can use Glimmerblocker again.
Like
Version 1.4.14
Jazzyguy
11 July 2011
This is the actual Error Message Try deactivate and reactivate GlimmerBlocker URL: /=gb=/0b20c09df85058dcf95d6cc362f1558a244720af83672301/reload-panel-settings Error Domain=NSURLErrorDomain Code=-1004 UserInfo=0x200312460 "Could not connect to the server." Underlying Error=(Error Domain=kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork Code=-1004 UserInfo=0x2003566e0 "Could not connect to the server.")
Like (3)
Version 1.4.14
3 answer(s)
Velgor242
Velgor242
11 July 2011
I got the same error on 10.6.8. Only solution was to rip GlimmerBlocker out of my system and reinstall from scratch.
Like
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
12 July 2011
I removed the preference pane and the preference in my~/library preferences and also trashed the folder in/library. But it gave me the same message when I deactivated it.
Like (3)
Rochade
Rochade
16 July 2011
Received the same error on Lion GM. Then I activated to also check for beta versions in the GB Preferences and it works again with v 1.4.15b7.
Like
Jazzyguy
11 July 2011
I got an error-Problem performing your request try activating and reactivating Glimmer blocker. It did no good at all got the same message.Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8
Like (3)
Version 1.4.14
Betaiii
10 July 2011
Really slows down Chrome. I've had been using it for years, but after setting up Chrome to reload about 10 pages, Chrome was very slow to load after a restart. I removed GlimmerBlocker, and I'm now encountering no problems. Perhaps this is a Chrome issue, or simple incompatibility. However, GlimmerBlocker has lost its usefulness for Chrome users.
Like
Version 1.4.12
1 answer(s)
Jipster
Jipster
11 July 2011
Doesn't seem to slow down any browser for me. Latest version (1.4.14) even seems to have fixed different behavior between Chrome/Chromium based browsers and Safari and Firefox.
Like (1)
Moocan
15 May 2011
Hi, If someone could explain me how to setup workaround #1 from http://glimmerblocker.org/wiki/LittleSnitch because I don't see where to past the xml code snippet ? Some setup steps are missing ? I only have fields with host is, path ignored, query ignored ! Many thanks in advance
Like
Version 1.4.12
1 answer(s)
Peter-232
Peter-232
01 June 2011
This stumped me, too, at first, but all one needs to do is follow the instructions. Just copy the code and then paste it in the "Rules" box at the bottom of the Filters tab. This will create a new rule.
Like (1)
shacklaw
09 May 2011
Still the best ad blocker. While it might not block and/or collapse as thoroughly as the browser plug-ins, this is the only blocker that does not slow down the browser (be it Safari or Chrome), cause beach balling, crashing, choppy scrolling, etc. Also, the process is now called "GlimmerBlocker" instead of just "java," which is helpful. If only it could block text ads on HTTPS sites like Facebook.
Like (1)
Version 1.4.12
This update to Glimmer blocker really screwed the pooch. It blocks everything. Not cool.
Like
Version 1.4.12
2 answer(s)
Molamola
Molamola
01 May 2011
it works fine for me. check your settings (filters, proxy...)
Like (1)
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
01 May 2011
OK, I tried it again and it now seems to be working as expected. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the malfunction was a fluke, one time thing.
Like
With one of the beta releases and continuing with this version, the LittleSnitch workaround stopped working and I'm getting constant "Allow?" popups. I re-added the workaround and still having issues. Anyone else?
Like (1)
Version 1.4.12
2 answer(s)
Rollerdl
Rollerdl
30 April 2011
Yeah me also. I updated from last final and all was fine. Updated and now the workaround's not working.
Like (1)
Rollerdl
Rollerdl
01 May 2011
Reverted back to v.1.4.9 today and the workaround is working again.
Like (1)
Dchivas
30 April 2011
I have used GlimmerBlocker for over a year now and have never had any problems, even with all the various Apple & Safari updates. Safari remains ad free.
Like
Version 1.4.12
Molamola
30 April 2011
Still the only AdBlocker which does not slow down Safari. I try the AdBlock Extension every once in a while, but specially after I've opened a couple of pages Safari slows down and takes ages to open pages. Memory use of Safari doubles at least and often exceeds 1 Gig. I don't know if AdBlock is the fault or Apple Extension API, but there is something terrible wrong with Safaris Memory Management when using AdBlock. GlimmerBlocker in comparison causes 0 issues.
Like (1)
Version 1.4.12