Access ExHentai without plugins [AKA bypass the sad panda]

Sad Panda, not from exhentai
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 and it’s “dark sister”, Many people also know that it’s not so simple to access and, instead, they’re faced with the picture of a sad panda when they try (which is way less cooler than the one I drew and that’s opening this post!).

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 (or 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 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?
Well, you’ll need 200g of sugar, 100g of butter, two eggs and no, this is not the kind of cookie you need.

The easiest way is to simply log in to or to the e-hentai forum. And how do you get an account at 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 seems 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 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 to 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);
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.

15 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.

    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.

  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.

  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 :-)

  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!

  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, re-log in, and then exhentai works fine again until the next time I clear my cookies.

  6. vijay

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

    1. Joe

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

  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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