How to globally disable favicon animation? I don't want to install addons.

example website with animated favicon: http://gimpchat.com/ (archived page if the website is down)

  • @Steven Vascellaro I've rolled back your edit because you don't consider your changes as necessary. As far as I know changing "how to" to "how can I" isn't more correct grammatically and "addon" & "extension" are synonyms.
    – user598527
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:44
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    "addons" is by no means synonymous with "extensions". The former term includes plugins and themes as well as extensions.
    – kreemoweet
    Sep 19, 2017 at 21:10
  • @kreemoweet: I'm now aware of this, thank you.
    – user598527
    Sep 19, 2017 at 21:36
  • "How to globally disable favicon animation?" wouldn't usually be considered a complete English sentence, AFAIK. That's why Steven changed it to "How can I". Another way would be "Can you tell me how to..." </pedantic>
    – O'Rooney
    Apr 2, 2020 at 3:44

2 Answers 2


This is a known concern:

And has not been added as a feature in the 16 years since it was first asked.

You can use extensions and code to remove these:

However, as you specific ask for extension-free options, the answer is "No, you cannot stop animated favicons."

  • There's a date error.
    – user598527
    Mar 27, 2017 at 20:03
  • My bad. SIXTEEN years ago. Mar 27, 2017 at 21:20
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    The support.mozilla.org link is down, web.archive.org has no backup.
    – user598527
    May 28, 2017 at 19:39
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    Thanks for the heads up. Looks like they removed that article entirely. I've found a similar solution and updated the link. May 30, 2017 at 16:02
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    "Opened 20 years ago". I love it. These animated blinking icons are so brutally tasteless.
    – Andreas
    Feb 14, 2021 at 13:50

For those looking for Greasemonkey solution:

// ==UserScript==
// @name        garant.ru
// @namespace   garant
// @description удаление favicon
// @include     garant.ru/*
// @include     www.garant.ru/*
// @version     1
// @grant       none
// ==/UserScript==

Main idea is to change animated favicon source from animated file to non-animated file.

  • The script only works on garant.ru. Use // @include *.
    – user598527
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:53
  • Did you test on gimpchat.com? The website uses file animated_favicon.gif.
    – user598527
    Jul 21, 2017 at 13:24

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