Access ExHentai without plugins [AKA bypass the sad panda]

Update: Apparently, if you made your account in 2013 or later, you need to have at least 50 forum posts. After doing so, this tutorial will work.
At the end of this post I have a TL;DR version. Maybe you need to post one or a few galleries and post some galleries comments besides the 50 posts, but it’s most likely unnecessary.

I’ve release quite a lot of translated hentai. Pretty much all of those were posted on e-hentai and I believe many people know about g.e-hentai.org and it’s “dark sister”, exhentai.org. Many people also know that it’s not so simple to access exhentai.org and, instead, they’re faced with the picture of a sad panda when they try.

If you do a quick search around you’ll see lots of sites with methods and even plugins or add-ons written specifically to bypass the sad panda and successfully access exhentai. Sure they’re all valid methods and such, but installing a plugin just to access one site seems like overdoing and you have to always worry about compatibility issues when the site changes or when the browser upgrades. You can also find tutorials for specific browsers and plugins for each browser too but really, it’s not rocket science to access it without those.

Here I’ll write a brief explanation on how the site works (actually, how I think it works by the behavior I’ve observed) and in the process you’ll find out how to bypass it with any browser by just creating an account in their forum, which is free, btw and you’ll also understand why you may have failed to bypass the sad panda even after logging in to their forums. To make things easier for those who don’t like to read, there’s a summary of what you have to do at the end of the post.

So, what happens when you access exhentai.org? The site checks to see if you have a specific cookie. If you have the cookie it wants, it’ll grant you access. If you don’t have the cookie, it’ll grant you a cookie and a sad panda picture.
Sad panda from exhentaiIt’s simple as that.
So, all you need to do is have the right cookie when you visit exhentai.
And how do you obtain the right cookie?

The easiest way is to simply log in to g.e-hentai.org or to the e-hentai forum. And how do you get an account at g.e-hentai.org? It’s the same account you use in their forums. So just go to their forums, sign up and log in to g.e-hentai.
You did this and you still get the sad panda? Why is that?
That’s because when you see the sad panda, exhentai gives you a cookie that tells the site you don’t have the cookie it wants and, therefore, should always show you the sad panda. And this cookie is the first thing the site checks when you visit it.
So, if you’ve visited exhentai and saw the sad panda, you’ll still get the sad panda even AFTER you log in to g.e-hentai because the exhentai cookie is not overwritten. To solve this problem, delete that cookie exhentai gave you (or all cookies if you don’t want to seek it), log in to g.e-hentai and only then go to exhentai.

Once you successfully visit exhentai, you can log out from g.e-hentai without a problem because when you successfully bypass the sad panda, exhentai gives you a cookie which says that you can visit the site because you already gave the correct cookie.

If you’re like me who constantly uses the private mode or incognito mode, which always clears cookies whenever you close the browser, you’ll need to log in to g.e-hentai or their forums first before attempting to visit exhentai every time you open the browser. Also, at least in firefox, there doesn’t seem to exist the option of deleting a single cookie when you’re in private mode so the only thing that seems to work for me if I see the sad panda is to restart the browser.

So, to summarize the steps:
1- If you’ve already seem the sad panda, clear your cookies or delete exhentai.org cookie. If you’re constantly on incognito/private mode and sees the panda, restart the browser to get rid of the exhentai cookie ;
2- Go to g.e-hentai or e-hentai forum and create an account if you don’t have one;
3- Log in to that account (either from g.e-hentai or the e-hentai forum);
3.5- If your account was created after 2012, make 50 posts in the forums.
4- Voilá! No more sad panda.

I believe that by understanding the site’s mechanism, anyone can access exhentai with any browser without relying on any add-ons or plugins. So I hope this will be helpful specially for those who are relying on add-ons or plugins or have to pray to be able to access bypass the sad panda with not so popular browsers.

23 thoughts on “Access ExHentai without plugins [AKA bypass the sad panda]

  1. ~

    Your steps will not work for everyone. For some reason, not all accounts are treated this way. On my old account, simply logging in to g.e would work but on my new account it wasn’t as convenient. The only 100% certified way to defeat our little panda guardian after logging in is to copy over your cookies from g.e-hentai to exhentai. After this you wont have to mess with cookies again or have to rely of any sketchy plugin.

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    1. SMDC

      Unless they made their cookies to work differently to different accounts based on something that I’m not aware. It’s a possibility, seeing as I have only one account there and this method has worked ever since. But from what I tested (while I was writing the post), if I see the sad panda, all I have to do is delete the exhentai cookie, login to the forums and visit exhentai again.

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  2. Nope

    This method hasn’t worked for anyone in a long time. If it’s still working for you, congrats. You’re the only one. Lately everyone has had to dump all of their e-h cookies and rename them to ex and then reimport them to their browser.

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  3. someone else

    Thanks a lot. It has been working for me for some time now, but it can sure be frustrating sometimes, when you get that sad panda over and over :-)

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  4. Sage

    Hi SDMC, There’s a faster way to do this in chrome without having to restart the browser, regardless of incognito. After logging in from e-hentai, if you hit sadpanda on the switch, just right click and select the inspect elements to pull up the console. Go to the Resources tab, and into the cookies section. You can delete old cookies for the site from there, and then refresh the page. And voila, you’re on the site!

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  5. me

    There’s really this much of a problem with this? I’ve never really understood why people complain so much prior to now when all you need is a free account – it’s always just worked for me…. I mean, I get sad panda after I’ve cleared my cookies, but I just go to e-hentai.org, re-log in, and then exhentai works fine again until the next time I clear my cookies.

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  6. vijay

    This following proxy website is allowing you to access exhentai directly without the sad panda trouble. sitenable dot com

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    1. Joe

      Thank you!!!!! This works people! The only downside is that I cant acces my favorites but not complaining. Done on ipad btw

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    2. Anonymous

      I don’t think it’s working anymore. I’m getting the sad panda even with the proxy.

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  7. sad panda

    sorry, it seems this method doesn’t work for me. I guess whether the mechanism to get into exhentai has already been changed.

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  8. Crissa

    Even if this is how they’re doing it, they’re violating security protocols by having site B access site A’s cookies. Which means many web browsers won’t let this happen. Sharing cookies between websites is a security risk (a pretty bad one since it basically lets anyone read your security keys).

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  9. anon again

    Accessing ex ———- Prerequisite: e- account; chrome 1. Login to e- 2. Once logged in, simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+J. This activates your console. 3. Enter ‘document.cookie’. It should look like this: >document.cookie <"ipb_member_id[...]" The only ones that matter are ‘ipb_member_id’ and ‘ipb_pass_hash’. These are your Member ID and hashed password, so keep them safe! 4. Copy both of these keyvalue pairs to a text editor. Arrange them in this format(replace the XXXXX’s with your values): document.cookie="ipb_member_id=XXXXX"; document.cookie="ipb_pass_hash=XXXXX" 5. Go to ex, and, assuming you’ve got SP, simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+J. Paste in the line you created in step four. 6. Reload the page for joy. If your cookies won’t be saved (e.g. you’re in Incognito Mode), you don’t need to go back to e- to get your ID or hash again; just follow the instructions from step five on down.

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    1. anon again

      My formatting! Accessing ex ———- Prerequisite: e- account; chrome 1. Login to e- 2. Once logged in, simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+J. This activates your console. 3. Enter ‘document.cookie’. It should look like this: document.cookie "ipb_member_id[...]" The only ones that matter are ‘ipb_member_id’ and ‘ipb_pass_hash’. These are your Member ID and hashed password, so keep them safe! 4. Copy both of these keyvalue pairs to a text editor. Arrange them in this format(replace the XXXXX’s with your values): document.cookie="ipb_member_id=XXXXX"; document.cookie="ipb_pass_hash=XXXXX" 5. Go to ex, and, assuming you’ve got SP, simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+J. Paste in the line you created in step four. 6. Reload the page for joy. If your cookies won’t be saved(e.g. you’re in Incognito Mode), you don’t need to go back to e- to get your ID or hash again; just follow the instructions from step five on down.

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      1. anon again

        Fuck it, just delete these i guess. Would have been my friend.

  10. Random Passerby

    I use chrome, and this is what I did: 1. I first got an addon “Editthiscookie” – it is not sketchy at all. 2. Log in to the e-hentai forums. 3. On the e-hentai main page, click on the “Editthiscookie” addon. There are two cookies (and their corresponding values as well) of interest. “ipb_member_id” and “ipb_pass_hash”. Copy these down somewhere. 4. Go to exhentai to find the sad panda. Then using the “Editthiscookie” addon, create two new cookies using the information just copied from the e-hentai page. 5. Refresh, then voila — the sad panda is no more. There is a caveat, however. It seems that even with all this, you cannot get through the sad panda with a newly made ID. Even after following these steps, I could not initially get past the sad panda. Instead, I would see an extra cookie named “igneous” with the value “mystery”. I’ve tried deleting that cookie and refreshing multiple times, but to no avail. That cookie would just come back no matter what I did. Apparently, there is a time you must wait after creating an ID and before actually gaining access to exhentai. In my case, it took around two weeks before I could enter exhentai. In fact, for the first week, I went through the steps mentioned above over and over again just to get more frustrated each time I see the “igneous” cookie. Still, some have said it only took them one week. I guess my point is that it ultimately takes some time, and that you must be patient.

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  11. Anonymous

    Yup this isn’t working. Copied the cookies, and tried the pluging that do it automatically… I get a new cokie (igneous:mystery) when I do everything right, but still can’t get to the site.

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