Detect Adblockers

Detect Adblockers

Chris Bongers
·Jul 22, 2020·

2 min read

Today I needed a way to detect an adblocker. You might think why? In this case, I wanted to verify some user data with an external system, but adblockers will block this call (mainly ghostery).

So I tried and research ways to detect adblockers!

When doing my research, I came across several ways of which some in theory work, but not for all browsers/adblockers. Let me walk you through the options we have.

JavaScript onError callback

This method, I only found late in the game and is the solution I went for. I like the simplicity, and it worked for by far the most combinations I tried!

So in the HTML we add the following:

<!-- Fake js script to inject, adblockers will block this script load -->

The idea is this script will be blocked by adblockers and if it does it will run the adBlockFunction.

So the function:

var adblocker = document.getElementById('adblock-message'); = 'block';

Then we can have a simple adblocker div which is hidden by default.

<div id="adblock-message" class="hidden">Sorry, you have your adblocker on!</div>

As mentioned, this way works for most combination of browsers/adblockers.

Alternative JavaScript method

Another way, you'll come across quite a lot if defining a JavaScript file like this:

<script src="/js/ads.js"></script>


var canRunAds = true;

And then have a JavaScript as such:

if (window.canRunAds === undefined) {
  var adblocker = document.getElementById('adblock-message'); = 'block';

This is almost the same as solution one, but I found that it doesn't work with Adblock in the latest Chrome.

CSS Height

Another way, is by using a fixed "ad" in your html:

  class="ads ad adsbox doubleclick ad-placement carbon-ads"
  style="background-color:red;height:300px;width:300px;position: absolute;left:0;top:0;"

This should be blocked by adblockers so if we then go and check for the height, it shouldn't work:

var testAd = document.getElementById('detect');
window.setTimeout(function() {
  if (testAd.offsetHeight === 0) {
    var adblocker = document.getElementById('adblock-message'); = 'block';
}, 100);

As mentioned very cool solution, but not rock solid!

Try them all on Codepen.

Other ways?

Let me know if you know of any other ways, without using any plugin!

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