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[APP][5.0+] Blokada ad blocker [open source][without root][v4]

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kar

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Blokada v4
See Changelog

Join us on chat: Blokada Chat
More info on the Blokada Blog

Download

Download Blokada for Android 5+
(you will also find a link for Android 4 version there)

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Hi @ XDA!

I'm the developer of Blokada, a simple to use ad blocker for Android that works for all apps and doesn't require root. The idea is to make the app very simple to use, almost unnoticeable in daily operation, yet perfectly functional. I'm asking the awesome xda community to take a look, give feedback, and have fun!

You can find all the important links at blokada.org

The app is uploaded to XDA Labs!

Your feedback is appreciated! Hope you'll find it useful ! :)

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hackel

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I take it this is another local VPN blocking solution? What licence is it released under? I wouldn't trust any VPN that all my data is passing through unless it's open source, so I would highly recommend moving in that direction. Would you say the primary advantage over NetGuard is ease of use? I personally need much finer-grain control of per-app host blocking, but I can see how this could be very useful to others.
 

salmanfarisy

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So simple! And it supports Android 4+ which is nice because DNS66 supports only Android 5+.

Some Questions :
Where is the location of the hosts file(s)? Can I modify the hosts file(s)?

Suggestion:
What I want is ability to block image (do not download image to reduce data usage). Because it is unwanted content for me and this way can reduce data usage too.
 

kar

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Thanks for the feedback so far guys and keep it coming. I really appreciate it!

I take it this is another local VPN blocking solution? What licence is it released under?

Correct. It's not open sourced as of yet, but it's in my plans. If Blokada is received well, I'd like to build up a community around it, with plugins etc.

Would you say the primary advantage over NetGuard is ease of use? I personally need much finer-grain control of per-app host blocking, but I can see how this could be very useful to others.

Well NetGuard is quite a different beast, it's a firewall with per-app blocking. Blokada is an ad blocker. Tech behind both is similar, but since there's quite a choice already of adblockers on Android, I want to focus Blokada on extreme ease of use (unless the community would want otherwise). That said, some configuration options, like the choice of filters, will come.

Where is the location of the hosts file(s)? Can I modify the hosts file(s)?

Currently hosts are fetched online (and cached) and are not modifiable. Some flexibility here is the #1 feature to come so stay tuned :)

What I want is ability to block image (do not download image to reduce data usage). Because it is unwanted content for me and this way can reduce data usage too.

Nice idea! I have added it to the feedback list.

Please post new ideas please post here bit .ly/blokada_ideas

I've tried it and I love it, but my one request is a QS tile for Android 7+ for easily toggling the VPN

Thanks! Added to the list.
 

x-fer

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I really like that it shows you what's being blocked in real time via notifications. Would there be a way to export a log in the future?
 
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moviti

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First of all, thanks for your great app!
Most of ads removed for mine, still some (may be local) ads remained. I am using this in Japan.
I understand your concept, ease of use first . if only some customization would be... (ex, extra choice of country ? something)
anyway thanks again, keep going!
 
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kar

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First of all, thanks for your great app!
Most of ads removed for mine, still some (may be local) ads remained. I am using this in Japan.
I understand your concept, ease of use first . if only some customization would be... (ex, extra choice of country ? something)
anyway thanks again, keep going!

You're right. The next release will include filter configuration options, so it'll be possible to use local lists or even custom filters.

What amazed me is the amount of ads that ping even on apps I've paid for the ad-free versions within the app. Just from a day of use I had over 2000 blocks. The weather channel app has been the worst offender so far.

Haha, from my experience free games are also pretty terrible in this regard!

Guys, thanks a lot for a very motivating feedback so far! Filter configuration and customization features are coming in the next release.

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benwalburn

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Can you add a whitelist? I don't want displayed ads (such as through Google app) to not work when I click them.
 
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bond32

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Tried it out, using it seems to keep the LG email app from syncing. Any ideas? This is on the LG V20, stock, 7.0. Every other ad blocking app that uses VPN except Adguard has the same issue.

Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
 
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daleski75

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I got this to work once on my pixel running 7.1 but even though i grant the app vpn permissions it's unable to start. btw it's stock, non-rooted.
 
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kar

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New release: 0.4-beta! Added filter configuration options

You can now swipe right to activate filter lists of your choosing. I have added the most common lists that work really well. If you long tap any list you will see some additional info about it.

I'm counting on your feedback about which hosts lists are you using so that I can add them to Blokada!

You can watch a short video here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/blokadaorg/posts/

DOWNLOAD BLOKADA APK

If you have a moment please like / follow / share / +1 the social media of your choosing:


PS: @daleski75, could you please try the new release and see if problem persists? Also try to reboot your device.
 
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daleski75

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New release: 0.4-beta! Added filter configuration options

You can now swipe right to activate filter lists of your choosing. I have added the most common lists that work really well. If you long tap any list you will see some additional info about it.

I'm counting on your feedback about which hosts lists are you using so that I can add them to Blokada!

You can watch a short video here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/blokadaorg/posts/

DOWNLOAD BLOKADA APK (v0.4-beta)

If you have a moment please like / follow / share / +1 the social media of your choosing:

http://facebook.com/blokadaorg
http://twitter.com/blokadaorg
http://bit.ly/blokadagplus



PS: @daleski75, could you please try the new release and see if problem persists? Also try to reboot your device.

Works OK now thanks
 
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    Blokada v4
    See Changelog

    Join us on chat: Blokada Chat
    More info on the Blokada Blog

    Download

    Download Blokada for Android 5+
    (you will also find a link for Android 4 version there)

    ----


    Hi @ XDA!

    I'm the developer of Blokada, a simple to use ad blocker for Android that works for all apps and doesn't require root. The idea is to make the app very simple to use, almost unnoticeable in daily operation, yet perfectly functional. I'm asking the awesome xda community to take a look, give feedback, and have fun!

    You can find all the important links at blokada.org

    The app is uploaded to XDA Labs!

    Your feedback is appreciated! Hope you'll find it useful ! :)

    If you have a moment please like / follow / share / +1 the social media of your choosing:


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    Blokada v3.0.0-preview

    Hi all, big news! I've prepared a 3.0.0-preview build. I'd appreciate if you find a moment to install it and check if you experience any problems. Note it's a preview bulid, its not pushed to existing users yet.

    Download:
    https://bitbucket.org/blokada/blokada/downloads/blokada-origin-v3.0.0-preview.apk

    (if you use F-Droid you may need to do clean install if you want to try this preview)

    The list of changes is long, you can find it here:
    https://blokada.org/api/v3/content/en/changelog.html

    Regarding some recent discussion here, and other comments:
    - The work on keeping Blokada alive will be continued, but it may be better already on this release
    - Whitelist problems fixed
    - To translators, I'm sorry but I had to change some strings again despite I already uploaded a new batch. The good news is, I cut down on the essential strings. Now you only need to translate 61% of strings for me to be able to include your language. All the rest of strings is more optional, and comes from web screens, like help section. So always start from "essential" category (instructions: http://go.blokada.org/blog_translate).

    Thank you!
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    Update: Blokada v4.5


    https://blokada.org/#download
    Changelog: https://blokada.org/docs/changelog.html

    The newest version brings improvements in stability and user experience. We have made tweaks to Smart Lists, loading filters, the updater, and more.

    This version is also coming to fdroid and all other places, so soon we should have the same release on each platform and no confusion. I have a trouble updating xda labs, its giving me error 500 on update.

    Thank you for supporting the project and being here.
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    Blokada v3.0.0-preview2

    Second and last preview release for 3.0.0. In short, Keep Alive and Start on Boot should work way better now. Translations are also in, so that you can test them and make last changes before the stable 3.0.0 is out. Feel free to give it a go!

    Download:
    https://bitbucket.org/blokada/blokada/downloads/blokada-origin-v3.0.0-preview2.apk

    (if you use F-Droid you may need to do clean install if you want to try this preview)

    Changelog: https://blokada.org/api/v3/content/en/changelog.html

    Also, Blokada is getting it's dedicated chat! Everyone is welcome. Translators, it would be very helpful if you join so that you can be easily notified about any important changes regarding translations. http://go.blokada.org/chat

    Thank you!
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    Hello everyone,

    We are happy to announce that Blokada 4.4 just released, bringing great features and various bug fixes. Briefly, form the changelog:
    - Wildcard support (in beta)
    - Smart List feature (in beta)
    - New master switch on the main screen
    - Blokada's VPN service is now Blokada Tunnel, to avoid confusion
    - Blokada Tunnel partner gateways
    - Improved updater
    - Re-organised Blokada account screen

    See the full list here: https://go.blokada.org/changelog

    Want the newest version? Download it from our website: https://blokada.org
    or use the in-app updater.

    The code is sent to F-droid, they will release this version later this week.

    Enjoy using Blokada!