Bypass Paywalls – Chrome and Firefox Extension

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Bypass Paywalls is a web browser extension to help bypass paywalls for selected sites.

Installation Instructions

Google Chrome / Microsoft Edge (Custom sites supported)

  1. Download this repo as a ZIP file from GitHub or from Mediafire.
  2. Unzip the file and you should have a folder named bypass-paywalls-chrome-master.
  3. In Chrome/Edge go to the extensions page (chrome://extensions or edge://extensions).
  4. Enable Developer Mode.
  5. Drag the bypass-paywalls-chrome-master folder anywhere on the page to import it (do not delete the folder afterwards).

Mozilla Firefox (Custom sites not supported)


  • Every time you open Chrome it may warn you about running extensions in developer mode, just click ✕ to keep the extension enabled.
  • You will be logged out for any site you have checked.
  • This extension works best alongside the adblocker uBlock Origin.
  • The Firefox version supports automatic updates.

Bypass the following sites’ paywalls with this extension:

American Banker
Baltimore Sun
Bloomberg Quint
Boston Globe
Brisbane Times
Business Insider
Central Western Daily
Chemical & Engineering News
Chicago Tribune
Corriere Della Sera
Crain’s Chicago Business
Daily Press
De Groene Amsterdammer
De Speld
De Tijd
De Volkskrant
Denver Post
Diario Financiero
Dynamed Plus
El Mercurio
El Pais
El Periodico
Encyclopedia Britannica
Financial News
Financial Post
Financial Times
First Things
Foreign Policy
Harper’s Magazine
Hartford Courant
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review China
Herald Sun
Het Financieel Dagblad
History Extra
Il Manifesto
Il Messaggero
Investors Chronicle L’Écho
L.A. Business Journal
La Nación
La Repubblica
La Stampa
La Tercera
La Voix du Nord
Le Devoir
Le Parisien
Les Échos
Loeb Classical Library
London Review of Books
Los Angeles Times
MIT Sloan Management Review
MIT Technology Review
Mexicon News Daily
Mountain View Voice
National Geographic
New York Daily News
NRC Handelsblad
NT News
National Post
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
New York Magazine
New Zealand Herald
Orange County Register
Orlando Sentinel
Palo Alto Online
Quotidiani Gelocal
San Diego Union Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
Scientific American
Seeking Alpha
Star Tribune
Tech in Asia
The Advertiser
The Advocate
The Age
The American Interest
The Athletic
The Athletic (UK)
The Atlantic
The Australian Financial Review
The Australian
The Business Journals
The Canberra Times
The Courier
The Courier Mail
The Cut
The Daily Telegraph
The Diplomat
The Economist
The Globe and Mail
The Herald
The Hindu
The Irish Times
The Japan Times
The Kansas City Star
The Mercury News
The Mercury Tasmania
The Morning Call
The Nation
The National
The New Statesman
The New York Times
The New Yorker
The News-Gazette
The Olive Press
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Saturday Paper
The Seattle Times
The Spectator Australia
The Spectator
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Telegraph
The Toronto Star
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
The Wrap
Times Literary Supplement
Towards Data Science
Vanity Fair
Vrij Nederland
Winston-Salem Journal
Zeit Online

Sites with limited number of free articles

The free article limit can normally be bypassed by removing cookies for the site.*

Install the Cookie Remover extension for Google Chrome or for Mozilla Firefox. Please rate it 5 stars if you find it useful.

When coming across a paywall click the cookie icon to remove the cookies then refresh the page.

*May not always succeed

New site requests

Only large or major sites will be considered. Usually premium articles cannot be bypassed as they are behind a hard paywall.

  1. Install the uBlock Origin extension if it hasn’t been installed already. See if you are still getting a paywall.
  2. Check if using Cookie Remover (Google Chrome version or Mozilla Firefox version) can bypass the paywall. If not, continue to the next step.
  3. First search Issues to see if the site has been requested already.
  4. Visit an article on the site you want to bypass the paywall for and copy the article title.
  5. Open up a new incognito window (Ctrl+Shift+N on Chrome) or Private window (Ctrl+Shift+P on Firefox), and paste the article title into Google.
  6. Click on the same article from the Google search results page.
  7. If it loads without a paywall you can submit a request and replace the entire template text with the word “Confirmed”. Otherwise please do not submit an issue as this extension cannot bypass it either.


  • This extension works best alongside uBlock Origin for Google Chrome or for Mozilla Firefox.
  • If a site doesn’t work, try turning off uBlock and refreshing.
  • Try clearing cookies.
  • Make sure you’re running the latest version of Bypass Paywalls.
  • If a site is having problems try unchecking “*General Paywall Bypass*” in Options.
  • If none of these work, you can submit an issue here.

Contributing – Pull Requests

PRs are welcome.

  1. If making a PR to add a new site, confirm your changes actually bypass the paywall.
  2. At a minimum these files need to be updated: README.mdmanifest-ff.jsonsrc/js/sites.js, and possibly src/js/background.js, and/or src/js/contentScript.js.
  3. Follow existing code-style and use camelCase.
  4. Use JavaScript Semi-Standard Style linter. Don’t need to follow it exactly. There will be some errors (e.g., do not use it on sites.js).


  • This software is provided for educational purposes only and is provided “AS IS”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. in no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.


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