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DeviantArt Filter v5.0.2 by rthaut DeviantArt Filter v5.0.2 by rthaut

Overview

Have you ever want to block/filter deviations (a.k.a. submissions) while browsing DeviantArt? Well now you can! Simply install DeviantArt Filter in your web browser of choice and start filtering by user, tag, and/or category.

Installation

Microsoft Edge Coming Soon

Changelog

For detailed version information, please view the CHANGELOG on GitHub. Version 5 is a complete re-write. There is a significant amount of new functionality, which, in combination with modern best/common practices, has resulted in a very different user experience for managing your filters.

Usage


Opening the Management Panel/Screen

  1. While on DeviantArt, click the red logo that appears on the right side of the address bar.
  2. The configuration screen will open automatically when you click the icon.

Creating and Removing Filters

You can filter deviations by artist, category, and/or tag through the management panel/screen.
  1. After opening the Management Panel/Screen, navigate to any of the Manage Users/Tags/Categories tabs.
  2. To create a new filter, use the form at the top of the tab.
    • For users, enter their username.
    • For tags, enter a single tag (no spaces), then choose if the tag should use wildcard matching.
    • For categories, select the parent category, then (optionally) select sub-categories.
  3. Use the table that is displayed below the form to view all of your existing filters.
    • You can sort the table by clicking the heading of any column.
    • You can page through your filters using the pagination controls in the lower-left corner.
    • You can choose how many filters are displayed per page using the controls in the lower-right corner.
  4. To remove a filter, click the Remove Filter button next to the filter you want to remove.

Exporting/Importing Filters

DeviantArt Filter allows you to export and import filters from a JSON file. This is mostly for keeping your filters in sync between browsers/computers, but is handy for backup purposes as well.
  1. After opening the Management Panel/Screen, navigate to the Import/Export Filters tab.
  2. To export your current filters to a JSON file, click the Export Filter Data button, then open/save the file when prompted (it will use your browser's native download functionality).
  3. To import filters from a JSON file, either drag and drop the file onto the designated box, or click the box to open a File Browser dialog and select your JSON file.
    • After the import has finished, a table showing the results of the import will be displayed. This includes how many filters were imported successfully, as well as how many filters failed to import (either because they were invalid or were duplicate).

Quick Hiding Users While Browsing

  1. While browsing on DeviantArt, when you see a deviation from a user you wish to filter, hover over the thumbnail image.
  2. An x icon will appear in the top-left corner of the thumbnail.
  3. Click on the x to filter that user.
Please file bug reports on GitHub.
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:iconmeowtasticdude:
meowtasticdude Featured By Owner 4 days ago
THANK YOU. I filtered so many users today, lol. This is super helpful.
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:iconsirintellegence:
SirIntellegence Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Could you get it to work on watch pages? It doesn't seem to be working there for me.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Filtering on the Notifications page (and the new Watch page) is on my list of possible enhancements, but it will likely be limited in functionality compared to what is possible with the Browse page.
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:iconflutterflyling:
Flutterflyling Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
 I really appreciate your work.
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:iconanimefreakkatie:
AnimeFreakKatie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, my eyes have been saved. 
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:iconlegorulez49:
legorulez49 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"While on DeviantArt, click the red logo that appears on the right side of the address bar."

Okay, what if it doesn't show on the address bar?
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It should either be in the address bar (for Firefox) or to the right side of it (for Chrome); check out the picture here.

Sometimes it seems the button doesn't appear when the extension is first installed, so you may have to restart your browser. I haven't yet figured out why sometimes it is missing right after installation.
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:iconlegorulez49:
legorulez49 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Restarting the browser unfortunately does not work in Chrome.

When I first install it, it appears on a message and then when I click on the message, the button disappears.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hmm, I don't think I have encountered that one yet, but I definitely want to get it figured out.

Note that the icon only works when you are on the DeviantArt website; in Chrome it should still be there on all websites, just grayed out instead of red.

Would you be able to capture a screenshot (or set of screenshots) showing the message?
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:iconlegorulez49:
legorulez49 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i.imgur.com/G9exR5W.png

This is the only time the icon will appear. When I click anywhere, the icon completely disappears without a trace, even when it's supposed to be grayed out.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's very strange.

If you open the menu that's on the far right (the button with 3 horizontal lines), does it show up there at all?

Also, your Chrome also looks quite different than mine. Could you grab a screenshot of the About Chrome screen? It may be a version incompatibility.
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:iconlegorulez49:
legorulez49 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I can, my version of Chrome is 49.0.2623.112 m and I cannot update it past that.
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:iconkarendrae:
Karendrae Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to say thank you very much. This has made my DA experience so much better.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate hearing that people are still finding and using this.
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:iconpolmty:
Polmty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
for some reason the tag filter doesn't work for me, i don't know if i have to type something specific or it's just bugged.
 
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You should not be including the hashtag (#) for tag filters; just use the word itself. Its on my list to make the instructions for tags more clear, but I know that has caused problems for several people.
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Talons-Foot Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018
For those who have had problems with the Category and/or Tags Filter not working in Firefox with v5.0.3

Setting the "Number of Days to Cache Metadata" to 0 fixes the problem.

No idea why the Category and the Tags filters weren't working for me, but the user filter was. Maybe a corrupt Metadata Cache (Can that be corrupted?) Oh well, doesn't matter, with that above fix it's all working for me now.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am working on improvements to this for an upcoming version; thank you for bringing it to my attention.

It seems like the cache grows too large and stops working altogether; setting the limit back to 0 forces the cache to be totally deleted. Theoretically after you do that, you can then change that back to a larger value, but I haven't encountered or debugged this enough to know for certain if that works correctly or not.
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:iconpolarbroomega:
PolarBroOmega Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018
Only complaint/suggestion would be for us to have a toggleable option to hide even the hidden content? So in this instance if I were to filter something, it wouldn't show up /at all. Not even a thing saying /this/ was filtered, instead it just stops showing up? Just so that we have the ability to scroll seemlessly without needing to still have it clogged with that art?
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That already exists: just disable the "Use Placeholders for Filtered Deviations" setting (as documented here).
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:iconpolarbroomega:
PolarBroOmega Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Oh, I completely missed that! Thank you!!
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:iconawesomekcyt:
AwesomeKCYT Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  New Deviant
Thanks
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:icondexantares:
DexAntares Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
I don't think I'm in the beta, but for some reason the filter app isn't hiding any of the tags I added to my list. Am I doing something wrong?
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:icondexantares:
DexAntares Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Well, I am just a complete dope, lol XD I was entering each filter word with a HASHTAG at the beginning. Apparently that wasn't necessary, as all I needed was just the word itself. Problem solved, works great, ABSOLUTE GODSEND!!
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear you worked it out, and I am extremely thankful you took the time to follow up about it! That is wonderful feedback for me, as now I know that needs to be clarified on the tag page and/or documentation in an upcoming release.
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:icondexantares:
DexAntares Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Wow, and here I thought I was just a blithering moron, lol! Don't worry, I'm only joking. I am honestly glad my little blunder could provide feedback though ^_^ I'm now making liberal use of the app's features to finally, after 11 years on DA, make a far more comfortable viewing experience for myself.
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:iconmonsoonmike:
MonsoonMike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018
Would it be possible to add filtering to group notifications?  Filter is working great for most of the rest of DeviantArt, but I have a couple groups that I follow and the filtered users' images are not being blocked in the Notifications page.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I can certainly look into it. Offhand I do know that, if it is possible at all, it would only work for filtering by username; the new tag and category functionality would not work on the Notifications page.
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:iconmonsoonmike:
MonsoonMike Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
That's all I'm really looking for; without going into specifics there are a few artists who post content that I don't care for in the groups that I follow, and rather than being an asshole about it and telling them to stop posting things I don't like, I'd rather just filter it out and go about my business.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Totally understandable. I have added it to the list.
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018
The filtering by tags and categories doesn't seem to work for me. I have firefox 60.0.2
Any clue why?
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Are you in the DeviantArt Beta Tester program? It's only available to Core Members, but I'm not sure if you have to opt-in to it, or if all Core Members are automatically put in it now.

The Beta has changes that broke the filter. I fixed user filters a few days ago (use version 5.0.2 of DeviantArt Filter), but I have not fixed tag and category filters yet.
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
seriousely, where can I pay you?
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Oh boy, I enabled betatesting (core subscription billing was automated bad surprisingly) and now the filters work. They actually work! This is purest bliss! Thank you rthaut, our lord and saviour.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear everything is working again. It was definitely a bit challenging trying to fix stuff for the Beta when I don't actually have access to the Beta myself.
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
I'll get you core if you need it. That's totally worth it.
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
(No betatester. My core expired a couple weeks ago, but my status still says core for some reason. I'll reactivate it soon anyway.)
I guess it's just waiting for you to fix tags etz. Man I can't express how thankfull I am for this. Can I support you on patreon or something?
It is a crime DA hasn't bothered to do this themselfs.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If you don't mind, could you turn on the "Show Metadata Debug Indicators" setting in DeviantArt Filter, then go to www.deviantart.com/whats-hot/.

With that setting enabled, you should see either green or red borders (or a mix of both) around all of the thumbnails on the "What's Hot" page. It may take a few seconds, but if DeviantArt Filter is loading the data needed for tag and category filters, the borders should turn green. If they all stay red, even after 5-10 seconds (normally it should only take 1-2 seconds), then let me know, as that means there is something wrong.

If it does work on that page, but not others, feel free to send me the URLs of the pages you are on when it doesn't work. You can send that info in a Private Note if you prefer.
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:iconstallnig:
Stallnig Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Ok. I'll note you. Would be quite the spam here.
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:icondragoniroh:
DragonIroh Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
Awesome work, I have a question though. How do you move the icon from inside the address bar to the toolbar?

Like what's seen in this image.

The top one in particular is the look I want.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That is not actually configurable. The top screenshot is from Google Chrome, which places the icon outside of the address bar.
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:iconcryptidette:
Cryptidette Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
It's awesome, good work on it ! Do you think you can edit the filter for the title and description (content) under the deviation some things escape from the filter :( but it's already a bit more safe and thanks you for the hard work you did on it !
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am planning on adding support to filter against titles, but I don't have an ETA for that yet.

Description filtering probably won't be possible; since descriptions can be very long, it would cause significant performance problems to load and parse that for every single deviation that is on a page when browsing.

And thank you for the kind words! It means a lot to hear people use and appreciate this.
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:iconcryptidette:
Cryptidette Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Maybe Can you put a filter for individual words like a key word ? it could be on the title or on the description ? I don't know about programming, but if it's not possible it's already great with the tags :)

You are welcome, and deserve the compliments for the work you did on it ^^ thans you again

I hope one day we will have a Xkit for Da ^^;
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:iconmaxtaro:
Maxtaro Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
And now dA have changed the URL format so that it's www.deviantart.com/user and not user.deviantart.com. Ugh. Can you please make some adjustments that abide to their new format?
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just last night (June 13th) released version 5.0.1 which should fix this for user filters (where you filter a specific person by their username).

I would absolutely appreciate if you could update to that latest version and check it out for me. For now I believe the new format is for Beta Testers only (which requires Core membership), so I had to code/fix it "blind."

Note that v5.0.1 does NOT fix tag and category filters; that will be a bit more complex than fixing user filters.




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:iconmaxtaro:
Maxtaro Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
Thanks! Problem is, I can't hide or even show anyone else for now, clicking X does nothing.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hmm, alright. The issue is caused by a DeviantArt Beta, so until that is available to the public, I probably won't be able to fix it.
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Vixxiin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is RIDICULOUS, that a third party add on (which by the way, great job and thank you very much for making this) is needed to have a basic filtering system to see content you want.

Even freaking porn sites (both video and picture) have things you can black list so you don't see content you don't want to.

Doesn't help to when people don't tag their work either.
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:iconrthaut:
rthaut Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear it is working for you.

I may try to add title filtering in the future, so even if people don't tag their work correctly, perhaps their titles will include keywords that you may want to filter. It would be nice if DeviantArt just required tags on all new submissions, though.
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