uBlock Origin for Microsoft Edge

A port of the popular blocker uBlock Origin is now officially available for the default Windows 10 web browser Microsoft Edge.

The terms port and officially available require explanation. Port means that this particular release of uBlock Origin has not been created by its original developer but forked.

The browser extension uBlock Origin is open source released under GPLv3, and the version for Microsoft Edge is a fork by Nik Rolls and not by the original author Raymond Hill.

Officially available means that uBlock Origin is listed on the Microsoft Store now. It was previously only available through the author's GitHub page.

Edge users who wanted to install the extension had to sideload it as it was not listed on the Store.

uBlock Origin for Microsoft Edge

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The browser extension installs fine from the Store. You will get a prompt in Edge however after installation that asks you whether you want to turn uBlock Origin on. You need to confirm this before the extension's functionality becomes available.

The uBlock Origin extension works like any other version of the extension from that moment on. It ships with blocklists that work automatically.

Tip: Do the following to display the uBlock Origin for Microsoft Edge icon directly in the main toolbar:

  1. Click on the menu icon.
  2. Right-click on the uBlock Origin icon at the top of the menu that opens.
  3. Check "show next to address bar".

This ensures that the icon is visible all the time. Since it highlights if content is blocked, it is usually a good idea to display it there. Also, it saves you one click whenever you interact with the extension.

While you can use the extension without modifying anything, it is suggested to go through the preferences at least once to make sure everything is set up to your liking.

I like to enable advanced mode for instance which gives me better control over what is blocked and what is not blocked.

You may want to consider blocking remote fonts for instance, adding new filter lists or removing existing ones, or adding your own custom filters to the extension on first run.

There is also a whitelist option. Sites like mine depend on ad revenue, and I'd like to encourage you to consider adding my site, and any other site that you value, to the whitelist. Revenue is generated even if you don't click on any ads.

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Issues

A couple of issues exist that need to be mentioned. First, exporting data, e.g. from the whitelist, my filters, or my rules, does not work as in other browsers. This is caused by Edge not supporting direct downloads at the time of release.

While you can export data in uBlock Origin for Edge, the data is saved to a temporary folder currently and opened instead in a local text reader. Not ideal, but unfortunately one of the few workarounds that work right now.

Another issue that you may notice is that Bing advertisement is not filtered properly right now with the default settings.

Closing Words

uBlock Origin is a well done port of the popular blocking extension. The Edge version behaves for the most part like any of the other versions.

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Responses to uBlock Origin for Microsoft Edge

  1. Mike December 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    I assume they are slowly rolling this out to users? The reason I ask is I just checked the Windows Store and uBlock Origin isn't listed among their available extensions. I'm eager to give it a shot on Edge.

  2. Sp4rkR4t December 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Still not listed in the store for me.

  3. Dan82 December 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    I'm not an Edge user, but - speaking as one of so many users who was affected by the drama that led to the split between uBlock / uBlock Origin and to a project that was left unmaintained by the new owner Chris Aljoudi despite his requests for donations in return for active development - what's the story behind this Edge version? Was this fork published for the Edge environment with Raymond's knowledge and blessing? Will the fork retain function parity with the original that is being developed actively?

  4. ilev December 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    It is in the store.

  5. Ki December 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    The devil is in the details. I wonder what are the limitations of Edge when it comes to add-on capabilities. Do all features work identically in Edge as they do in Firefox ? Or are there edge cases where network connections slip through in Edge where they would not in Firefox ? (I remember seeing that with ABP on Chrome back in the day, it was not quite on par with ABP on Firefox)

    @Martin
    I wonder how many of your visitors block ads. Must be quite a lot higher than average...

    • Martin Brinkmann December 12, 2016 at 6:26 am #

      Last time I checked 42%. Now maybe even more. You can read more about this here: https://www.ghacks.net/2015/02/27/ghacks-is-dying-and-needs-your-help/

      • chesscanoe December 12, 2016 at 7:17 am #

        In Chrome I whitelisted ghacks.net in uBlock Origin,but then there is a several second delay in typing a single character in this comment. It seems it is harder for "Disable HTML5 Autoplay" and "Privacy Badger" extensions to do their job. I wish you had a paid subscription model whereby a check could be sent from any US address to the appropriate US address, resulting in ad free content. I assume this is not financially viable and I regret that.

  6. Rocky December 11, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

    Firefox printing issues are a problem for me . So I tried Microsoft Edge recently and must say it is quite usable. This extension will be welcome although I would echo Dan82's concern

  7. DartTheme December 12, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    I like to use AdBlock Plus and  works very well for me, but I'm very happy to have another popular extension for my favorite browser.

  8. chesscanoe December 12, 2016 at 4:58 am #

    Seems to work as advertised for me, except I see no difference after checking the color blind option even after closing and reopening Edge.

  9. SCBright December 12, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    None of the extensions have worked for me for some time now, I had to uninstall them all.
    They worked for some time, but now they do not work and there is no way to configure them, because the configuration pages simply do not open or crash.

  10. 420 December 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    What does edge do that ff,chrome,opera, and ie don't do? I'm being serious, why would I use edge?

    • Martin Brinkmann December 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      According to Microsoft, better battery life for one.

    • anon December 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

      Internet Explorer 11 (older versions are not supported anymore unless you're using an older Windows version that is still supported and where they are the latest release, such as IE9 on Vista or IE10 on Windows Server 2012) is only kept on Windows 10 for legacy purposes. It's still quite usable but that won't last for long since its engine is no longer updated to support newer web standards and technologies; its current support is limited to security patches and enhancements, such as those to SmartScreen and which also apply to Edge.

      Edge is the continuation of Internet Explorer but with at least most of the old cruft removed.

    • chesscanoe December 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      If you enjoy being bribed and manipulated, using Edge can get you points for use in the Microsoft store. Also Edge is arguably the most current web standard compliant browser. I still use Chrome myself for 99% of what I do, and IE11 for the other 1%. Firefox, Opera, and Edge get minimal use.

      • D. December 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

        Chrome is the most standards compliant, Firefox and Edge are tied second place close enough to Chrome. (Opera as a Chromium browser is above)

        Safari and IE11 are far behind. https://html5test.com/results/desktop.html

        Chrome/Firefox/Edge are close enough that standard compliance can't really be an argument to pick one of those browsers.

  11. Kirby Phuckett December 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Unlike many, I actually like Edge--or at least its potential. However, it was a potential that was going unrealized, primarily because of the lack of extensions. Without extensions, it is a very fast browser, albeit one that offers limited privacy protection and frequent hang-ups on certain sites (most notably Facebook). With uBlock Origin, however, it is working like a *dream.* With uBlock Origin and Flash disabled, this just became an infinitely better browser (so much so that I deleted Vivaldi, which I previously had been using instead).

    • Mike December 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      Agreed. I would add that Edge with Flash disabled, uBlock Origin installed, and TCP Fast Open is probably the fastest browser for low-end Windows 10 hardware. I'm not sure the speed difference would be noticeable on higher-end equipment, but as someone who bought their grandparent an HP Stream, Edge is quite noticeable in terms of performance over Chrome, Firefox, etc.

  12. Pierre December 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Not available yet

  13. Anonymous December 14, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Interesting but too slow, even suppressing some lists
    I came back to Adblock Plus
    And anyway I don't like Edge

  14. Pierre December 14, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    Sorry for the anonymous,

  15. Charlie December 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    OK - I'm a dumb rookie..
    I launched Edge and clicked the 3 dots - which allowed me to click on "Extensions" and then "Get extensions from the Store". That launched the store web page which showed 19 extension for Edge, and Ublock was not one of the 19. In the search box on that page I entered "uBlock" and it found no uBlock. I do not know what the "Summary" page is.
    Please clarify.

  16. Hedge Udork March 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    Yeah this works REALLY WELL! Edge now doesn't show any webpages, it just downloads randomly named .HTM files. BRAVO!

    • Mike March 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

      The developer (Nik Rolls) has said that it is actually a bug in Edge itself, and that it should be cleared up by the time the Spring Update rolls out in April. I personally have not run into this problem, but it sounds as if it is not an isolated incident by any stretch.

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