How to disable images in Firefox?

Nov 10, 2014

Want to disable automatic image loading in Firefox browser? If yes, continue reading and find out how to block or stop images from loading in Firefox. If you don’t want any background information, simply refer to the steps below. The process to disable images is simple and can be easily reverted back.

Blocking images in Firefox:

By default, web browsers automatically loads all images present in a web page. Firefox is no exception. It loads all the images inserted in a standard web page. In some situation, a user might want to restrict that default behavior and browse the web without any images. That can be achieved by a simple tweak of the Firefox settings. The image loading behavior in Firefox is controlled by permissions.default.image preference. The default of permissions.default.image is 1, which means load all images including those from third-party web sites. If we change that value to 2, Firefox will block all images. And a value of 3 will block only the third-party images present in a web page.

So, if you want to disable images in Firefox, you need to set the value of permissions.default.image as 2. If you are doing this for the first time, follow the steps below and start browsing websites without displaying any images.

Steps to Disable Images in Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox. Type about:config in the address bar and press enter.
  2. When the Firefox warning appears, press the button that says “I’ll be careful, I promise!“.
  3. Inside the about:config area, go to the Search field in top and type permissions.
  4. Some preferences data will appear automatically. Find the preference name permissions.default.image. Double click on that name.
  5. You’ll see the Enter integer value box. The default value is 1. Enter 2 in that box and press OK button.
  6. Not a step. You have just disabled automatic image loading in Firefox. Test it by opening a web page. You’ll notice the difference. The image(s) won’t appear.

Firefox Disable Image

How to revert back?

Re-enabling images in Firefox is easy. All you have to do is set 2 as the value of permissions.default.image.

  1. Follow 1 to 4 of the above mentioned steps.
  2. In step 5, enter 1 as value of the integer. Then Press OK button to revert back. Alternatively, in the step 4, select permissions.default.image and right click. A context menu would appear. Select the Reset option in the context menu.
  3. Not a step. Test your changes by opening a web page. You’ll see images present in that page.

So, that was how to block or disable images in Firefox web browser. If you liked our guide, don’t forget to share it with the world! For questions or feedback, use the comment form below.

One Response to “How to disable images in Firefox?”

  1. Neil on 23rd Feb, 18 06:02am #

    Good tip. I was actually coming in for third-party images not showing up, but mine is set to 1, so it shouldn’t be blocking them… but for some reason, statcounter hits won’t show up on the page for me.

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