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Mac app that opens Apple News articles in Safari instead of News app
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StopTheNews is an app for macOS 10.14 Mojave that automatically handles Apple News URLs instead of News app. If you open an Apple News URL in Safari, StopTheNews will then open the original article page in Safari instead of sending it to News app. StopTheNews also works with Safari Technology Preview, if that is your default web browser.


  1. Download the latest release.
  2. Unzip the downloaded .zip file.
  3. Move to your Applications folder.
  4. Open
  5. Quit


  1. Move to the Trash.

Known Issues

  • Some Apple News pages don't provide the original article URL. The articles are designed to be displayed inline on In these cases, StopTheNews offers the option to open the article in News app.


Building StopTheMadness from source requires Xcode 10.

Before building, you need to create a file named DEVELOPMENT_TEAM.xcconfig in the project folder (the same folder as Shared.xcconfig). This file is excluded from version control by the project's .gitignore file, and it's not referenced in the Xcode project either. The file specifies the build setting for your Development Team, which is needed by Xcode to code sign the app. The entire contents of the file should be of the following format:



Jeff Johnson

To support the author, please consider buying the Safari extension StopTheMadness in the Mac App Store.


StopTheNews is Copyright © 2019 Jeff Johnson. All rights reserved.


See the LICENSE.txt file for details.

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