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Images On/Off

A simple Chrome extension that lets you disable/enable images on “per host” level.

Click once and you’ll disable images for the current site. Click again and images will be re-enabled.

There are some options available, but basically, the extension does just that (and nothing more)

How To Use It

To disable/enable images — just click the button in the toolbar.

To disable images, an exception is added to the browser settings. This means that if you open the same site in other tab, images will be still disabled. You must click the icon again in order to re-enable images.

Don’t forget to check the options page. There are several options that could be of interest.

Please, do not hesitate to drop me a line if you find a bug or if you have a feature request.

Thank you for trying this extension and may the force be with you!

To access the options page: 

1) Right-click on the extension’s icon and select “Options”:

2) And change the respective options from the list:

Questions & Answers:

Why does this extension reload current page on turning images on/off?

When you disable images on the current site, all the images on the currently opened page are already loaded. The refresh will force the browser to hide them.

When you re-enable images, you will need to reload the current page in order for browser to download and show you these images.

If you don’t like this behavior, go to the “Options” page and uncheck the “auto-refresh” checkbox.

Is there posibility to turn all images off for all sites and then add exeptions to this rule?

The extension doesn’t have this option itself, but it should be easy to do it with few clicks:

1) Go to Chrome content settings — just type “chrome://settings/content” (without the quotes) in the URL box and click “Enter”

What is the license? Where to get the source?

This is GPL software, which means it’s completely open source. Get the source here.

Version History:

version 2.3

Some useful options have been added:

  • Wildcard functionality
    Now you can set the extension to disable images not only on the current host but for all the subdomains too
  • Disable on both http:// and https:// versions of site
    An option is now added to disable images on both http:// and https:// version of the site (so far those were treated as different sites)
  • Disable images for all ports instead of current port only
    Again, until now the extension was working on current port only, but now you can set it to cover all ports (and if you don’t know what that means, you probably don’t want too check this option)

All the new options are available on the settings page.

version 2.1

This is bugfix release. The main changes are on the options page — some obsolete links to respective browser settings pages are now replaced with the new and proper ones.

In the last versions of Chrome the settings pages has been revamped and the “images” settings panel is no longer placed where it used to be so we needed to fix the broken buttons.

The old shortcut to the images options was:


but in the latest versions of Chrome it’s now:


The other small change is that we changed the links to our site (again — in the options page of the extension) from to (which should be the newer, safer way to access the web)

And that’s pretty much everything in this update. All other functionality remains the same.

Images On/Off

Last Updated: 28.Dec.2020