Disabling Autoplaying Videos in Firefox
Published 03 Nov 2017. Tags: web.
Many sites1 immediately start playing videos as soon as a page loads.
I never want this. I’ll often open a handful of links in new tabs, hear a video playing, mutter under my breath, track it through the forest of new tabs, pause it, then try to find my way back to where I was.
After suffering under this onerous burden for literally years, I learned
that it’s incredibly easy to fix! Just set this flag in Firefox’s
media.autoplay.enabled = false
Ta-da! A dramatic improvement. Videos now start playing only when I tell ‘em to, as God and Sir Tim Berners-Lee intended.
YouTube is the biggest offender, but some news sites seem to be getting in on it, too. Harrumph. ↩