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Safari 15 and Monterey:
StopTheMadness is fully compatible with Safari 15 and macOS 12 Monterey.
StopTheMadness is a Universal Binary. It runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.
Safari Technology Preview:
StopTheMadness is fully compatible with Safari Technology Preview. However, enabling StopTheMadness in Safari does not automatically enable it in Safari Technology Preview, so you'll need to enable StopTheMadness in Safari Technology Preview's Preferences.
Why is the icon tinted in Safari?
Safari automatically tints most extension icons when the extension is active on the current web page. The tint is your accent color from General System Preferences. The StopTheMadness icon was originally designed to avoid this distracting tint, because StopTheMadness is active on every web page. However, Apple changed Safari version 15.1 so that StopTheMadness could no longer avoid the tint. You can read more about this change in my blog post.
You can selectively enable and disable StopTheMadness features. Your custom options can be configured to apply to every web page or just to web sites that you specify. To change the options, open the StopTheMadness popup in the toolbar of a Safari window, and select the Website Options tab.
There are a number of protection features that you can enable and disable. By default, the "Recommended" features are enabled. These provide you with a high level of protection while also maximizing website compatibility. The features labeled "Use with caution" provide even higher levels of protection, but there may be more sites that don't work right when they're enabled, which is why they're disabled by default. The features labeled "Widespread breakage" are intended to be used sparingly, only on specific sites where you know you need them, because otherwise they can cause a large number of incompatibilities on other sites. Any and all of the features can be enabled or disabled as necessary or desired. Below is an explanation of each feature:
l.facebook.com, etc. — and replaces the shortened URL with the unshortened destination URL. This occurs in a sandboxed process, without setting any cookies or other site data in Safari, so you can't be tracked by your click.
visibilitychangeevents, which are part of the Page Visibility API. Using this API, websites can learn when a tab is visible on your screen and when the tab is hidden. When Tab closing and visibility is enabled, websites can't observe when you show or hide a tab or your screen.
Navigator.sendBeacon) from firing.
utm_source(Urchin Tracking Module),
gclid(Google Click ID), and
fbclid(Facebook Click ID) from the end of the URL when you click, drag, or open a contextual menu on a link.
Use with caution:
target="_blank"to a link to make the link automatically open in a new tab when you click. If you prefer to open links in the current tab instead of a new tab, you can enable this feature, which removes
target="_blank"from links. When enabled, normal link clicks always open in the current tab. (You can still ⌘-click to open the link in a new tab.) When this feature is disabled, some links may automatically open in new tabs when clicked.
textareaelements) are also protected by the website options "Protect ⌘-key shortcuts", "Protect copy, cut, and paste", and "Protect text selection". By default, only single-line editors (HTML
inputelements) are protected, because multi-line editors don't usually prevent copy and paste, and a lot of websites have special multi-line "rich text" editors with highly customized editing that can break with the Protect textarea feature enabled. However, you may need to enable this feature on certain websites if they disable copy and paste.
When you change the website options in StopTheMadness, those changes apply immediately to the active Safari tab, and will apply to all web pages loaded thereafter in any tab. If you already had a web page open in a background tab before you changed the website options, and you want the changes to apply immediately to that web page, you need to switch to the tab and reload the page.
How to Add Website Options:
The Default options for all websites apply to every web page in Safari, unless you have custom options for a particular site. To create custom options for a website, press the + button. There are two ways to specify websites: domain or URL. Examples of domains are "
apple.com" and "
google.com". If you specify a domain, then subdomains of that domain are automatically covered too. For example, "
google.com" also covers "
mail.google.com", etc. If you want a subdomain to have different options than its domain, create a separate item for the subdomain. The longest match always wins, so if you have items for both "
google.com" and "
mail.google.com", then your "
mail.google.com" options will apply when you load the page "
https://mail.google.com/". If you want options to apply only to subdomains but not to the domain, put a dot at the beginning: "
.google.com" applies to "
https://www.google.com/", etc., but not to "
You may want to apply custom options only to certain paths of a website, in which case you need to specify the website as a full URL. For example, if you enter "
https://www.google.com/maps", then the custom options will only apply to Google Maps and not to Google Search at "
https://www.google.com/". Subpaths are automatically covered too: "
https://www.google.com/maps" would also cover "
https://www.google.com/maps/search/apple+park". You can customize subpath options by creating a separate item for the subpath. As with domains, the longest match among URLs always wins. And a URL setting that includes a domain will override a domain setting for the same domain, since the URL is longer. So "
https://www.google.com/maps" takes precedence over "
If you enter text into this area, StopTheMadness will create a custom HTML
<script> element is created after the
The custom CSS or JS that you enter in the Custom Elements tab applies to the current selection in the Website Options tab. Custom Elements are in a separate tab in order to provide enough space for text entry.
Safari style sheet customization: This is a legacy feature, superseded by Custom CSS, but the feature is still available for use if desired. When enabled, StopTheMadness adds the attribute
stopthemadness-href with the value of the URL of the page to the
html element of the page. You can use this attribute to write site-specific CSS in your Safari style sheet. You can set your
.css file as the style sheet in the Advanced tab of the Preferences window in Safari. (Note: If you edit your style sheet while Safari is open, you'll need to relaunch Safari for the changes to take effect.)
For more details, along with useful examples of site-specific CSS, see StopTheMadness for Safari Style sheet.
StopTheMadness can automatically redirect URLs so that when you open a link to one web site, your web browser loads a different site of your choosing. For example, you can redirect new Reddit to old Reddit if you prefer the old user interface. Or you can use privacy-preserving alternatives to popular web sites such as Nitter for Twitter and Invidious for YouTube.
String.replace() to redirect URLs. To create a redirect, you need a URL matching pattern and a replacement for that pattern. The matching pattern can be either a substring of the URL or a regex expression enclosed in "/" characters. The replacement is always a substring, though there are some special characters you can use in the replacement, as explained by the
String.replace() documentation. Examples:
|URL matching pattern||Replacement|
The redirect rules are matched in the order they appear in StopTheMadness, though the order usually shouldn't matter if the rules are for different domains. If needed, you can drag and drop to change the order. You can also use the checkboxes to temporarily disable a rule.
The Redirects are checked by StopTheMadness before the Web URL Rules, so the two features can be combined to redirect a URL and then open the redirected URL in another app.
URL Scheme Rules and Web URL Rules:
See URL Scheme Rules and Web URL Rules for a detailed explanation of these tabs in StopTheMadness.
Migrate Safari Extension Settings to a New Device:
StopTheMadness for both macOS and iOS supports export and import of your custom Safari extension settings with iCloud.
You can also export your custom Safari extension settings to a file on one Mac and then import the file on another Mac. (This is not supported in StopTheMadness for iOS.) The Export and Import commands are in the main menu of StopTheMadness:
The exported Safari extension settings include your Website Options, URL Scheme Rules, and Web URL Rules. The Website Options from other browsers, such as Firefox and Google Chrome, are not included.
Known Website Compatibility Issues:
In these cases you may want to create custom website options and disable the specific feature.
smugmug.com): Disable "Protect drag and drop" and "Stop link trackers" to fix reordering photos.
Show native video controls:
Stop autoplaying videos:
twitter.com (you can set Autoplay to Never in Accessibility Settings on
airtable.com): Disable "Protect ⌘-key shortcuts" to fix ⌘C and ⌘V for cells.
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