Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How to easily defeat IMDb geolocation and always display English titles for ALL movies

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If you are, like me, a cinema buff coming from non-English speaking world, but are used to English movie titles, you are probably mad at IMDb for displaying SOME titles in your native language, even though you've explicitly set U.S. English in your site settings.
You might also be an American living temporarily abroad, which potentially could be even worse.

Anyway, the good news is, there is a simple trick that solves our problem. All you have to do, is to add X-FORWARDED-FOR with U.S. IP address to your browser's headers and delete old cookies. After that, you are immediately presented with US version of all the pages.

In case you don't know how to do that, here are some simple instructions for Windows:

First make sure you have U.S. and English in your IMDb settings:

1. Chrome browser

Install ModHeader

Install EditThisCookie

Configure ModHeader like this:

Now, go to IMDb and use EditThisCookie to delete all site cookies:

After that you should refresh the page, log in and enjoy all movie titles the way you intended them to be.

2. Firefox browser

Install HTTP Header Mangler

Install CookieKeeper

Since HTTP Header Mangler does not have button (which I like), this is what you need to do:
Make a new text file named headers.txt (or whatever suits you) with following contents:


Put the file in your Documents folder or root directory of your C:/ disk  and then go to Firefox Add-ons -> Extensions -> HTTP Header Mangler options and point to the file's location:

Use CookieKeeper to find imdb.com cookie folder and delete it. Now you can navigate to IMDb, log in and start using the site.

That's it. If you are using different platform like Mac, Linux, Android etc., or just some other browser (BTW, you are not using IE, are you? :D ) -- well, Google is your friend. Just search for adding/modifying HTTP headers.

Of course for a few dollars a month you could solve ALL your location related problems, by simply purchasing some VPN service. Do your own research, or just check the Anonymous VPN page for my current recommendation.


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