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Posted on Friday, October 1st 2010

MacRumors Minimal ver. 2.0.1 Download Chrome Download Safari

UPDATE: MacRumors Minimal has been completely redesigned from the ground up. I believe that the new design is vastly cleaner and — more importantly — much more readable. I hope you enjoy the redesign as much as I do!

Cleans up and gives the display of macrumors.com a minimalist feel. And more importantly, it drastically reduces the page load time.

Change History

Ver. 2.0.1[FIX] Changed domain permissions on the Chrome version to HTTPS because Macrumors switched over to secure. (April 14th, 2017)
Ver. 2.0.0Completely redesigned from the ground up. MacRumors is now much cleaner and more readable. (April 17th, 2015)
Ver. 1.7.1ANNOUNCEMENT: As of June 26, 2014, the Chrome version of this extension is hosted on the Google Chrome store. The download link above will take you to the Chrome store. (June 25th, 2014)
Ver. 1.7.1Updated Chrome version to match Safari version (1.7.1) (February 18th, 2014)
Ver. 1.7.1Removed gray border from articles (September 20th, 2013)
Ver. 1.7Addressed an issue brought up by Nick and Craig Gordon where a new advert was blocking the top of the page. (January 18th, 2013)
Ver. 1.6Fixed a styling issue where the Title was white (invisible) on an individual post's page (June 8th, 2011)
Ver. 1.5MAJOR UPDATE: MacRumorsMinimal now works with the new redesign! Yay! (May 16th, 2011)
Ver. 1.4Added support for macrumorslive.com (October 20th, 2010)
Ver. 1.3Styled the countdown clock, removing it from the content area and moving it to the top of the page. (October 19th, 2010)
Ver. 1.2Minor updates (October 5th, 2010)
Ver. 1.1Minor updates (October 3rd, 2010)

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  1. 1

    October 4th, 2010
    15:09 pm

    Total awesomeness!

  2. 2

    Chris Herbert
    October 6th, 2010
    08:55 am

    This is a great little Safari extension but there is one issue, shouldn't the ads stay on the redesigned page? This is what helps pay the bills for the site. There's no business model now.

  3. 3

    Cornell Campbell
    October 6th, 2010
    09:35 am

    @Chris Herbert - I definitely understand what you're saying, but the whole point of the extension was to speed up the site. The ads were adding greatly to the load time. And to be honest, if the administrator of Mac Rumors would speed up the load time and clean up the site a little, I wouldn't need an extension. But, perhaps I will add a "Show Ads" option in the future. Thanks for your input, though!

  4. 4

    Aaron Vince
    October 6th, 2010
    09:41 am

    Thank you so much for this. It's awesome and I was waiting eagerly for it.

  5. 5

    Milind Alvares
    October 6th, 2010
    13:11 pm

    Agreed with Herbert. Advertising is an important aspect of any site. If you don’t like the ads, don’t visit. I’m quite surprised your plugin doesn’t even load the ads, etc. Most other plugins are just a CSS rewrite, but this seems to change the structure. Great plugin. Hope to see more of these.

  6. 6

    Cornell Campbell
    October 6th, 2010
    13:35 pm

    @Milind - Wouldn't it be the same for me to say, if you don't like that I'm hiding ads, then don't use the extension? I do appreciate your comments though, and I do understand the importance of ads. As to why I don't even load the ads - once again, the purpose of this extension was to speed up load times. The ads significantly added to the load time. I'm glad you like it though. And if the ads weren't so heavy, I would just load them, like I do in my IMDb extension.

  7. 7

    Myst Exodus
    October 8th, 2010
    06:34 am

    Awesome! Looks sexy as shit, you should try and tackle Facebook next. ;) Great work! Keep it up. ^^

  8. 8

    Cornell Campbell
    October 8th, 2010
    07:26 am

    @Myst - Haha. I might just have to do that.

  9. 9

    October 10th, 2010
    10:33 am

    Hi there, how right you were about that twitter plugin! I was astonished that after having blocked the twittme (or similar) domain, not only macrumors started to load in an instant. Now with your extension one can see most central information. Thanks.

  10. 10

    October 12th, 2010
    16:11 pm

    I really love your extensions, but could you, please, add an option to turn off the CSS font smoothing.

  11. 11

    October 19th, 2010
    01:12 am

    Uh, you didn't hold the 'countdown to event' in account :P http://grab.by/grabs/9da412353a03aea995ab79ee7668f192.png (just a screenshot, nothing weird..; or just visit MacRumors to see it for yourself)

  12. 12

    Cornell Campbell
    October 19th, 2010
    08:48 am

    @Julian - Fixed.

  13. 13

    October 20th, 2010
    00:44 am

    Looks great! And that was really fast!

  14. 14

    November 1st, 2010
    05:01 am

    Great extension, awesome look! Macrumors is one of my favorite sites but totally failed to keep up with the times... Now if only you could find time to adapt the extension to also tweak the forums (http://forums.macrumors.com/), that would make my life perfect :-)

  15. 15

    November 13th, 2010
    02:28 am

    Is there a chance any of these awesome mods will ever be ported to Google Chrome? I am a recent switcher to Chrome from safari, and really miss these. Thanks!

  16. 16

    November 17th, 2010
    12:24 pm

    This looks so good!!!! Can you make something for gmail, google, facebook or youtube? :) plz!!!!

  17. 17

    December 18th, 2010
    06:13 am

    ...or a Google Minimal

  18. 18

    zero credibility
    February 1st, 2011
    10:10 am

    YES ! please make one for igoogle ! .. that would be amazing ...

  19. 19

    March 4th, 2011
    11:56 am

    Holy crap, this is awesome. I didn't even know I wanted this--saw it on the extensions page. And wow, great work, sir.

  20. 20

    Cornell Campbell
    March 5th, 2011
    09:43 am

    Thanks John!

  21. 21

    March 9th, 2011
    13:52 pm

    Please publish this as greasemonkey script or Chrome extension?

  22. 22

    April 4th, 2011
    02:04 am

    Nice work, only it removes youtube movies from the news. Can you fix that please. Keep up the good work!

  23. 23

    May 12th, 2011
    08:11 am

    Will you be releasing an update due to the MacRumors redesign? I really hope you will.

  24. 24

    May 12th, 2011
    08:14 am

    Agreed! Please update the plugin for the redesign!

  25. 25

    Cornell Campbell
    May 12th, 2011
    08:34 am

    Hey guys, I just saw the redesign! I will do my best to update the extension in the next week or so.

  26. 26

    May 13th, 2011
    20:04 pm

    how 'bout one that makes it look like the old macrumors?

  27. 27

    May 15th, 2011
    10:10 am

    Please update this extension. I hate MacRumors without it and will not use the site. Thanks.

  28. 28

    May 17th, 2011
    15:39 pm

    Many thanks for the quick update! It's wonderful and clean to read again!

  29. 29

    May 22nd, 2011
    22:18 pm

    Thank you so much! MacRumors is crap (looks wise) without your extension.

  30. 30

    Randy Harris
    June 7th, 2011
    09:52 am

    The 1.5 redesign works fine on the main page, but if you click on a story and it goes to a page of just that story the subject line is white font on a white background - invisible. Thanks for all the great work.

  31. 31

    August 4th, 2011
    01:02 am

    Love it. The main reason I love it is because it wipes the stupid ads. Very clean, very nice.

  32. 32

    Cornell Campbell
    August 4th, 2011
    09:32 am

    @Sardonick - Thanks!

  33. 33

    Craig Gordon
    January 8th, 2013
    11:57 am

    FYI, the banner ads for MacRumors Minimal are misplaced.

  34. 34

    January 18th, 2013
    11:34 am

    As Craig mentioned, the banner at the top now blocks the first story.

  35. 35

    Cornell Campbell
    January 18th, 2013
    17:07 pm

    @Craig and @Nick - Fixed. Thank you very much for bringing that to my attention.

  36. 36

    January 22nd, 2013
    08:35 am

    @Cornell - Thanks so much!

  37. 37

    Sam Doohickey
    August 2nd, 2013
    09:51 am

    My version (1.7) has a grey stroke with zero padding around each article. Is there a way to remove this? The previous version I used didn't have this. Otherwise, brilliant extension for one of my regular blogs.

  38. 38

    Sam Doohickey
    October 4th, 2013
    15:28 pm

    Nice, 1.7.1 really looks great. Thanks for the update!

  39. 39

    February 17th, 2014
    13:49 pm

    Is it just me or did macrumors.com break this extension today?

  40. 40

    February 17th, 2014
    21:38 pm

    No Daniel, it is not just you! With the MacRumors Minimal Extension enabled, MacRumors won't load. I just get a blank page.

  41. 41

    February 17th, 2014
    22:02 pm

    Broken here too. Turning it off, obviously fixes the problem.

  42. 42

    Cornell Campbell
    February 17th, 2014
    23:43 pm

    I'm working on the issue that Daniel, Coke, and EG mentioned, but I'm not able to replicate it in either Safari or Chrome. If anybody else is having this issue, please let me know what browser / browser version you're using, and also what version of the extension you're on. It wouldn't hurt to let me know what OS and OS version you're using. Thanks!

  43. 43

    February 18th, 2014
    08:19 am

    UPDATE! I tried turning back on the MacRumors Minimal 1.7.1 extension in Safari 7.0.1 this morning (the same versions as yesterday when it appeared broken) and now everything works as it should! Hopefully Coke and EG will have a similar experience. Must have been some fluke of the content on macrumors.com at the time we had issues or something.

  44. 44

    June 26th, 2014
    11:55 am

    So, Chrome no longer allows extensions that aren't from the Chrome Web Store. Any chance it might be released there or in an alternative format (e.g. userscript)?

  45. 45

    Cornell Campbell
    June 26th, 2014
    14:22 pm

    @Aichon - The Chrome version of this extension is now available via the Chrome store. You can click the download button above to take you straight to the extension in the store.

  46. 46

    Jur Kuipers
    September 22nd, 2014
    16:23 pm

    MacRumoursMinimal is broken with Safari 7.1 (?)

  47. 47

    September 23rd, 2014
    12:04 pm

    Needs an update isn't working properly !

  48. 48

    September 26th, 2014
    10:34 am

    I am having the problem too. Feel free to email me and I'll send you screen shots. It is worst when running Ad Block, so you might test it with and without Ad Block turned on. With Ad Block off, the minimal format loads, but then disappears on Safari Version 7.0.6 (9537.78.2). With Ad Block on, but Minimal turned off, MacRumors loads fine. With Ad Block on and Minimal turned on, nothing loads. With Ad Block off, and minimal on, MacRumors loads, then vanishes. This seems to me to be mostly a problem with Minimal, but wanted to provide a bit more information to.

  49. 49

    Daniel Peter
    September 29th, 2014
    10:49 am

    Hmmm. An update would be fine. Can't wait! Thanks!

  50. 50

    February 23rd, 2015
    10:35 am

    So Mac users shouldn't expect an update? I hadn't realized why I couldn't load MacRumors any more. Now I know it the MacRumors Minimal Extension.

  51. 51

    Jur Kuipers
    April 17th, 2015
    14:06 pm

    @Cornell Campbell - You fixed MacRumors Minimal! I downloaded the fixed/updated extension and it's working like it should. http://cornellcampbell.com/extensions/posts/2/macrumors-minimal/ (for download) Thanks for your e-mail to bring this to my attention. Much appreciated!

  52. 52

    April 29th, 2015
    13:18 pm

    Just wanted to stop in to say thanks. I love having the MRM extension working again, and I love the new look you came up with. Awesome work.

  53. 53

    Mater Henri
    June 17th, 2015
    14:19 pm

    Yah, back in biddness!

  54. 54

    Cornell Campbell
    June 17th, 2015
    14:58 pm

    @Aichon and @Mater Henri, thanks, glad you like it!

  55. 55

    February 13th, 2017
    09:26 am

    The Chrome version (2.0.0) seems to have stopped working in the last few weeks on Windows. I've tried disabling all other extensions, but still no luck. To say the least, I really miss seeing MacRumors as it was meant to be seen.

  56. 56

    September 18th, 2018
    01:26 am

    This extension is no longer acceptable in Safari 12. Will you consider to update it? Thanks a lot.

  57. 57

    September 25th, 2018
    09:54 am

    Commandor, there's a trick to get legacy extensions like this working again, at least on a temporary basis. I described it over at my own site with regards to my own extension (http://aichon.com/dumpbox/extensions/), but it applies to MacRumors Minimal equally as well That said, before you can do the steps I linked to, you'll need to do these ones first: 1) After downloading MacRumors Minimal, change the filename from "MacRumorsMinimal-2.0.1.safariextz" to "MacRumorsMinimal-2.0.1.safariextz.xar" (note the ".xar" added to the end). A .xar file is more or less like a .zip file, just for reference. 2) Double-click the .xar file to open it. This should create a folder named "MacRumorsMinimal-2.0.1.safariextz". You can delete the .xar file since you won't need it any more. 3) Inside the newly created folder, you'll find a folder named "MacRumorsMinimal.safariextension". 4) At that point, you can start at step 3 in the steps I linked to.

  58. 58

    April 15th, 2020
    18:57 pm

    Gutted MacRumors Minimal, no longer works on Chrome 80.0.3. MacOS 10.15.4 Would donate to get back up and running :–)

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