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I am so sick & tired of HTML5 videos, that I just want to completely disable them. I don't want em playing at all. Even if I click on them or whatever.

I found this extension for Chrome, which does the trick. Looking for something like this on Safari

PS: I did try converting this extension, but the resulting extension while appearing to work, is unable to actually block videos

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My prev attempt at fixing this with AdGuard failed miserably. However, I just found an option in-built in Safari that solves my problem.

My initial frustrations were relating to HTML5 videos, mainly relating to the fact that they continue to auto-play even when Safari was set to not let them. And so I figured let's just disable them altogether. But maybe that was too extreme of an option. This one is a lot better!

The solution

  1. Enable Safari Debug Menu

Run this in a Terminal window. To disable the menu replace the 1 with a 0

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1

  1. Restart Safari

  2. Open the Debug Menu, and head over to Media Flags

  3. Enable the Video Needs User Action & Audio Needs User Action

  4. Restart Safari

  5. Now laugh at the puny websites trying their futile attempts to auto-play videos BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

PS: If you are a reddit user, you might just wanna head over to their website and just try it out with these options enabled

Tested on Safari Version 14.0.2 (16610.3.7.1.9)

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  • This now only works if Terminal has Full Disk Access. See lapcatsoftware.com/articles/containers.html Even still, this answer doesn't go far enough. Clicking on a web link can still be hijacked and used to start video against the user's will. For example, on yahoo.com/news, if you even open a URL to a story with a video—even in a new tab—from then on, all videos will autoplay on the main page, as you scroll them into view. Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 13:58
  • Safari is not worth it. I switched to FireFox Commented Oct 3, 2021 at 17:25

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