4Chan Cleaner And Image Expander

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 1, 2009
Updated • Jan 1, 2013

You either hate or love 4Chan, the popular English forum that is based on the Japanese 2Ch forum. 4Chan offers a variety of topic areas that include Japanese culture, entertainment, creative and a large 18+ section. One interesting aspect is that 4Chan allows anonymous users to participate fully in the forum which includes creating new threads.

A click on any board will load a huge page that contains hundreds of images and comments about those images from users from all over the world. 4Chan has sparked lots of controversy in the past due to its anything goes attitude. The site rules state that only adults are allowed to view the site's contents and that it is illegal to post post content that is illegal in the United States.

4Chan Cleaner is a userscript that removes some of the elements on the 4Chan website. This includes advertisement but also a better layout of all the posts and images on each 4chan forum.

4Chan Inline Image Expander is a second userscript that makes it easier to expand images on the main forum page. A simple click on the image will load its full size directly in the forum without loading a new page. A second click on the same image will display the image thumbnail again.

Both userscripts require the Firefox web browser and the Firefox add-on Greasemonkey or a compatible web browser that can load userscripts as well.

Update: The scripts posted here originally do not work anymore on newer versions of 4Chan. There are however a couple of alternatives that still work on the website. The best way to always run the latest scripts is to go to the userscripts website and browse the selection of 4chan scripts on there. There you find scripts that you can use to make the image viewing more comfortable, and also improve your overall experience while you are on the site.


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  1. xkcd lover said on June 2, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Have to say rarst, I forgot to check xkcd today, but that one was hilarious!!

  2. Rarst said on June 1, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Ok, now I am wondering how many of gHacks topics are xkcd inspired :)

    It’s interesting to guess is it just laws of attention attraction or fellow bloggers are read all same things this morning.

    1. Martin said on June 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      haha that’s a funny coincidence.

  3. Revolver said on June 1, 2009 at 11:00 am

    4chan already have it’s official firefox addon (http://4chan.wrathfilledhate.net/)

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