When a page doesn't load immediately, Chromium and every other browser I tried display a white screen before they get a response from it:

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Even though chrome://settings/personal says it's using the GTK+ theme - in my case it's Darklooks, which has a dark background:

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Is there a way to avoid this in Chromium? Or, if there isn't, is there a browser that does not have this "issue"?

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    Your page looks really blurry too! – Greg Jan 20 '14 at 16:13
  • For Firefox, you can change the value of browser.display.background_color to a darker color (#333). Also try adding browser { background-color: #333 !important; } and tabbrowser tabpanels { background-color: #333 !important} into userChrome.css. – Mateen Ulhaq May 10 '14 at 5:46
  • this hack solved white flash for me. stackoverflow.com/questions/16243105/… – user346770 Jul 16 '14 at 4:31

For Google Chrome and Chromium, you are probably a victim of Issue 1373: Navigating dark background websites results in blinding white flashes between pages.

There's a hack to minimize, but not totally eliminate, your misery described in comment 261:

As a temporary fix, I set the custom user stylesheet to render pages with a black background so that before it receives styling information from the website it renders the window black instead of white, and now it flashes black instead, which is much more bearable on the eyes until a permanent solution is made.

The hack involves adding the following lines to your Custom.css which is located in User Stylesheets in your Default folder. In my case, the path is ~/.config/chromium/Default/User Stylesheets.

html, body{
background-color:#000000; //This sets the background color to black
color:#0000FF; //This sets the text to blue, so you can read it on webpages set to use defaults; white is too hard on my eyes and if you dont put this it will be black on black

As for Firefox, I use the following code in userChrome.css located in ~/.mozilla/firefox/profile_name/chrome:

@namespace xul url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);

/*prevent white flash*/
tabbrowser tabpanels { background-color: #111 !important}

If the chrome folder doesn't exist, create it. Note that both chrome and userChrome.css are case-sensitive.

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    Chromium solution did not work for me in 2015, but Firefox solution mostly does. Can't completely avoid flickering due to browsers incrementally loading pages. – holocronweaver Sep 20 '15 at 7:43
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    another hack by forking the source code here github.com/hbtlabs/chromium-white-flash-fix – hbt Dec 29 '16 at 18:52

As far as I know, all of the old methods that fixed this bug no longer work (in 2016). I came up with a solution today to overcome this issue and wrote about it some which is available here: http://jollo.org/LNT/public/chrome-white-flash.html .

It essentially makes use of an autohotkey script that paints the window onto itself until the next page has loaded, by-passing the period in which the window flashes.


Nice workaround vasa1, the white flashes are gone. But the background of some websites turns black, which is a bit ugly:

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So I adapted that CSS and ended up with:

html:not(:hover), body:not(:hover){

This means that when the cursor is not over the page, the background is set to black - when you click on the new tab button, the cursor is not over the page, so a black background will flash instead of a white one. When you hover the cursor over the page (when you're reading it) the black background is then forgotten, and the website's one is used instead:

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  • Great! See if you can add it to the list of comments there (issue1373). I suspect you may not because they seem to have restricted comments: Only users with EditIssue permission may comment. :( – user151227 May 12 '13 at 2:21
  • And when I tested Midori (also WebKit) a year ago, it didn't flash white! I don't know how it is now. I left Midori because it wasn't as customizable and crashed (for me) or some important pages. – user151227 May 12 '13 at 2:24
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    this approach no longer works as of 2016 – ecoe Apr 23 '16 at 13:36

UPDATE: I've changed my answer to use temporary dimming of screen as my previous solution was buggy and left the browser scroll state broken.

This solution uses an automator script set up as a service made available to Chrome and finally mapped to a keyboard shortcut in system. The simple solution was to just dim the screen about 5x worked for me but you might wanna play with that sending depending on your brightness. If you use a very dark setting for example, the screen my go completely blank for a second, but that still better than the blaring flash of white.

See https://gist.github.com/lacostenycoder/01108de10fe02e2f39d9cceb2457b895

on run {input, parameters}

    set the_application to (path to frontmost application as Unicode text)

  repeat 5 times
    tell application "System Events"
          key code 107
      end tell
  end repeat
  delay 1

    tell application "System Events"

    keystroke "t" using command down
    delay 1

    end tell
  delay 1 
  repeat 5 times
    tell application "System Events"
          key code 113
      end tell
  end repeat

    return input
end run

Nice one, it works on history. Best thing is to take the original code and change the text to a light color. The second code didn't work, here is one:

This page explains how to change the color flash using a JS

Chrome flashes black screen when using css transition rotate

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    I re-installed chrome and now the fix doesnt work anymore, i still have "user stylesheets/custom.css" file that worked previous to the install, but it's flashing white and history page is white again. anyone know why? – com.prehensible Mar 4 '14 at 2:39

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