Adblock Plus Filters

Supplemental filters to block ads, trackers, social buttons, and other annoyances.

Mr. Satterly

Updated November 24, 2017

Home Page

Table of Contents


abp_filters.txt ~50 KiB


The filter list has a couple thousand filters sorted into several groups and sub-groups. Many of the filters use broad regular expressions which can break sites, but keeps the list small and managable. A single regular expression filter can equal tens or even hundreds of thousands of regular filters.

Filter Groups


Adblocking should be called web filtering, a firewall, content-control software, or any other number of things because adblockers can block anything from social icons to smooth scrolling scripts. Many lists block more than just advertisements. Even the word advertisement includes counters and trackers since most online advertisements are all of those and more.

The filter list isn't a subscription because it lacks an update interval. Some ways to use the filters are copy individual filters, import as a custom list using the restore backup feature in Adblock Plus, and add as a subscription and manually update it.

There are too many adblockers available today to write a guide on how to use each of them. Read their documentation to understand how to import and edit lists.


I suggest you subscribe to the following filter lists. See the resources section for links. While my list has some overlap with these lists it is a supplement to them.

The Fanboy lists have white list filters that allows ads and trackers. Adblock Plus also has a built-in whitelist of what it calls acceptable ads that is on by default. White list filters override blocks from other lists. Disable any filters that get in your way.

Look over the Firefox hardening user.js in the other resources section. It has more information than I could provide about securing and improving Firefox. I removed several filter groups because those features or defects can be disabled in the browser instead of breaking sites trying to block them.

As absurd as it sounds browsers now ship with ads and tracking built into them so if you aren't using Firefox try to find a similar hardening guide.

The filter list is licensed as WTFPL version 2.

Other Resources


About Filtering

List Management

Other Filter Lists

Firefox Tweaks

Home Page