RefreshBlocker for Firefox


RefreshBlocker is a small extension for the Firefox web browser. This extension will prevent your browser from following the forwarding specified by the refresh parameter of the META tag element. If such a refresh parameter is given on a web page, an infobox will be displayed at the top of the page. See the screenshots section for an example.

Reviews and statistics about this extension can be found at the Firefox Add-ons page.

RefreshBlocker has been tested with Firefox 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0 and 12.0 under Debian GNU/Linux and Windows Server 2008. The source code is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2.

Note: This extension does not block JavaScript-based and HTTP-based redirects. If you know a way how to do this, please let me know.

installation / download


The configuration is done through the options dialog.



2011-01-09 RefreshBlocker v0.8
  • Updated for Firefox 4.0.
2009-12-22 RefreshBlocker v0.7
  • Added new testing mode. Suggested by Kádár Balázs.
  • Updated for Firefox 3.6.
2009-07-05 RefreshBlocker v0.6
  • Updated for Firefox 3.5.
2008-12-30 RefreshBlocker v0.5
  • Code cleanup.
  • Thanks to Thomas Bertels for the solution of #423885.
  • Updated for Firefox 3.0.
  • Updated for Firefox 3.1.
2006-10-15 RefreshBlocker v0.4
  • Fixed an UI bug in the preferences dialog.
  • Updated for Firefox 2.0.
2005-11-16 RefreshBlocker v0.3
  • Added options dialog.
  • Improved whitelist/blacklist feature.
  • Updated for Firefox 1.5.
2005-07-21 RefreshBlocker v0.2
  • The http-equiv attribute is now checked by a case-insensitive XPath statement.
2005-07-08 RefreshBlocker v0.1
  • First public release.

© 2005-07-12 Clemens Fuchslocher (Last modified 2012-05-19)