[JAVA] [Android] Implement Adblock in WebView

I want to remove WebView ads

If you turn off javascript, most ads will disappear, but if you can't use javascript, it's inconvenient, so it's a memo when you implement adblock. In English, the materials were suitable, but I couldn't find the Japanese page.


You can implement it by following this page https://www.hidroh.com/2016/05/19/hacking-up-ad-blocker-android/

Ad host list https://sites.google.com/site/hosts2ch/

General flow

Override WebViewClient.shouldInterceptRequest () to determine if the request URL from within the page is the ad serving host. If it's an ad, it returns an empty response. that's all.


Shape the ad host list to make it easier to handle

You can download a list of hosts serving ads at https://sites.google.com/site/hosts2ch/. (Very convenient .. !!) I think that it will look like this when downloaded, so I will mold it so that it is easy to handle.


# hosts2ch - Japanese mobile ad servers hosts file.
# This file is public domain, of course.
# file size: 34 kB
# entries: 1279
# ---------- last updated: 2019-01-16  ---------- 100234.advision-adnw.jp 100291.adnico.jp 100602.advision-adnw.jp 100651.advision-adnw.jp 100800.advision-adnw.jp 101623.sprout-ad.com 107008.speead.jp 150601.fc2rs.com 1tmg.info 2.chmato.me

Remove the comment line and IP address column of this to make it hosts only and name the file hosts.txt. Like this ↓



Add hosts.txt to your project file

Add it to the assets folder. If you don't have an assets folder, create one.

スクリーンショット 2019-01-22 15.57.10.png

Implement AdBlock


public class AdBlocker {
    private static final String AD_HOSTS_FILE = "hosts.txt";
    private static final Set<String> AD_HOSTS = new HashSet<>();

    public static void init(final Context context) {
        new AsyncTask<Void, Void, Void>() {
            protected Void doInBackground(Void... params) {
                try {
                } catch (IOException e) {
                    // noop
                return null;

    private static void loadFromAssets(Context context) throws IOException {
        InputStream stream = context.getAssets().open(AD_HOSTS_FILE);
        BufferedSource buffer = Okio.buffer(Okio.source(stream));
        String line;
        while ((line = buffer.readUtf8Line()) != null) {

    public static boolean isAd(String url) {
        HttpUrl httpUrl = HttpUrl.parse(url);
        return isAdHost(httpUrl != null ? httpUrl.host() : "");

    private static boolean isAdHost(String host) {
        if (TextUtils.isEmpty(host)) {
            return false;
        int index = host.indexOf(".");
        return index >= 0 && (AD_HOSTS.contains(host) ||
                index + 1 < host.length() && isAdHost(host.substring(index + 1)));

    public static WebResourceResponse createEmptyResource() {
        return new WebResourceResponse("text/plain", "utf-8", new ByteArrayInputStream("".getBytes()));

Implement WebViewClient.shouldInterceptRequest ()

Override and implement the WebViewClient's shouldInterceptRequest () method. All requests from the source read by webview pass through shouldInterceptRequest () once (I understand that it is correct)


private Map<String, Boolean> loadedUrls = new HashMap<>();

public WebResourceResponse shouldInterceptRequest(WebView view, String url) {
        boolean ad;
        if (!loadedUrls.containsKey(url)) {
            ad = AdBlocker.isAd(url);
            loadedUrls.put(url, ad);
        } else {
            ad = mLoadedUrls.get(url);
        return ad ? AdBlocker.createEmptyResource() :
                super.shouldInterceptRequest(view, url);

Implement Application

Initialize AdBlocker in MyApplication that inherits Application.


public class MyApplication extends Application {
    public void onCreate() {

Don't forget to add it to Android Manifest.



that's all

https://www.hidroh.com/2016/05/19/hacking-up-ad-blocker-android/ Almost as shown on this page, so please refer to here for details.

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