This browser add-on changes the color of websites from bright to dark mode.
Dark Reader enables night/dark mode by creating dark themes for websites on the fly in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Dark modes for sites can make viewing websites much easier on the eyes and more readable at night.
Once installed, the extension adds an icon to the browser toolbar which you can use to customize how sites appear. Clicking on the toolbar icon generates a pop up box to change the add-on options:
- switch from Dark to Light mode
- adjust Brightness
- adjust Contrast
- adjust Sepia
- adjust Grayscale
- change per site settings
- change font
- change text stroke
- add sites to ignore list
- apply settings the current site only
- change the theme engine (Filter, Filter+, Static and Dynamic)
Dark Reader can be set to activate after sunset and deactivate after sunrise, based on your location or your system preferences. Dark Reader generates themes on the fly, seeing a site flash of white when the site loads before dark mode appears is normal.
If you have any similar add-ons/extensions, disable them before using Dark Reader to avoid issues.
Dark Reader has over 2,000,000 active users, doesn't show ads and doesn't send user's data anywhere. It is fully open-source, the code is on GitHub. Dark Reader is available for free from the Firefox Add-on page and Chrome web store. Safari users are charged $4.99 USD to download it from the Mac App Store.
Dark Reader worked well on the sites I tested it on. Search engines, social media, and a wide variety of popular and niche sites. It doesn’t work on certain protected sites like the Firefox add-on page or the Chrome web store. It worked well in other Chromium based browsers (Brave, Chromium Edge, Iridium) and Firefox based browsers (Waterfox Current and Waterfox Classic) on my system.
There is a similar add-on for most browsers called Night Eye. It has a limitation - the free version of the extension allows you to see five sites in dark mode. If you want to see dark mode on all websites there’s a paid plan. If you install the extension, you get a 3 month free trial, where the extension works at most sites. After the trial the plan ends, dark mode is limited to five sites of your choosing. Night Eye works by converting colors, which may improve the appearance for some (I noticed minor differences, others may see more) but also takes processing power which can cause websites to load slowly.
If you’re on the computer at night, your eyes need a rest or you prefer dark mode, give Dark Reader a try. Links to install extensions for Firefox, Safari and Chrome are on the Dark Reader home page.
(h/t Business Insider)
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