BEWARE! uBlock Origin is COMPLETELY UNRELATED to the web site ublock.org
The donations sought by the individual behind
ublock.org are not benefiting any of those who contributed most to create uBlock Origin (developers, translators, and all those who put efforts in opening detailed issues). For the differences in features between uBlock Origin and uBlock, you are more likely than anywhere else to find an unbiased explanation in this Wikipedia article.
uBlock Origin is NOT an "ad blocker": it is a wide-spectrum blocker -- which happens to be able to function as a mere "ad blocker". The default behavior of uBlock Origin when newly installed is to block ads, trackers and malware sites -- through EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s ad/tracking/malware servers, various lists of malware sites, and uBlock Origin's own filter lists.
An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.
- Purpose & General Info
- Performance and Efficiency
- Release History
|Basic mode||Advanced-user mode|
|Popup user interface||A point-and-click firewall which can be configured on a per-site basis|
Configure as you wish:
picture shows 3rd-party scripts and frames blocked by default everywhere
Visit the uBlock Origin's wiki for documentation.
uBlock Origin (or uBlock₀) is not an ad blocker; it's a general-purpose blocker. uBlock₀ blocks ads through its support of the Adblock Plus filter syntax. uBlock₀ extends the syntax and is designed to work with custom rules and filters. Furthermore, advanced mode allows uBlock₀ to work in default-deny mode, which mode will cause all 3rd-party network requests to be blocked by default, unless allowed by the user.
That said, it's important to note that using a blocker is NOT theft. Don't fall for this creepy idea. The ultimate logical consequence of
blocking = theft is the criminalisation of the inalienable right to privacy.
Ads, "unintrusive" or not, are just the visible portions of privacy-invading apparatus entering your browser when you visit most sites nowadays. uBlock₀'s main goal is to help users neutralize such privacy-invading apparatus — in a way that welcomes those users who don't wish to use more technical, involved means (such as µMatrix).
EasyList, Peter Lowe's Adservers, EasyPrivacy and Malware domains are enabled by default when you install uBlock₀. Many more lists are readily available to block trackers, analytics, and more. Hosts files are also supported.
Once you install uBlock₀, you may easily un-select any of the pre-selected filter lists if you think uBlock₀ blocks too much. For reference, Adblock Plus installs with only EasyList enabled by default.
 Details of the benchmark available at Firefox version: benchmarking memory footprint.
uBlock Origin is also easy on the CPU
Details of the benchmark available in this LibreOffice spreadsheet.
Being lean and efficient doesn't mean blocking less
For details of benchmark, see uBlock₀ and others: Blocking ads, trackers, malwares.
Feel free to read about the extension's required permissions.
It is expected that uBlock Origin is compatible with any Chromium-based browsers.
Firefox / Firefox for Android
The Firefox version of uBlock Origin has an extra feature currently not yet available on Chromium-based browsers -- which feature is of great help to foil attempts by many web sites to circumvent blockers.
Also of interest: Deploying uBlock Origin for Firefox with CCK2 and Group Policy.
Note for all browsers
To benefit from uBlock Origin's higher efficiency, it's advised that you don't use other inefficient blockers at the same time (such as AdBlock or Adblock Plus). uBlock₀ will do as well or better than most popular ad blockers.
See the releases pages for a history of releases and highlights for each release.
Free. Open source. For users by users. No donations sought.
Without the preset lists of filters, this extension is nothing. So if ever you really do want to contribute something, think about the people working hard to maintain the filter lists you are using, which were made available to use by all for free.
You can contribute by helping translate uBlock₀ on Crowdin.