Plug-ins help the browser process special types of web content, like Flash or Windows Media files.
- On Windows, Mac, or Linux? Chrome supports most popular plug-ins:
- Adobe Flash Player
- Adobe Reader
- Windows Media Player
- Real Player
- Microsoft Silverlight
Windows 8 users: Due to system limitations, only plug-ins using Pepper API, such as Flash, Native Client, and Chrome PDF Viewer will function properly when Chrome runs as a Windows 8 app. Learn more about plug-in free browsing from Microsoft
- On a Chrome device? Google Chrome supports Adobe Flash Player, the Google Talk plug-in, and PDF.
If you allow sites to use plug-ins and Google Chrome detects that you're missing a plug-in for a particular page, it'll prompt you to install the plug-in at the top of webpage.
Click Install plug-in in the message. Some plug-ins begin the installation process by downloading a set-up file to your computer. For those plug-ins, make sure you confirm the download by clicking Save in the downloads bar that appears at the bottom of your browser window. Once the download has finished, restart Google Chrome by closing all open windows to complete the installation process.
Plug-ins not working? See troubleshooting information
Plug-ins are allowed by default. However, since they can occasionally be a security risk, Google Chrome blocks plug-ins that are outdated or those that are not widely used. Examples include Java, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Shockwave, Windows Media Player and Adobe Reader prior to Adobe Reader X. You can use the Content Settings dialog to block all plug-ins. Follow these steps:
- Click the Chrome menu and select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- In the "Privacy section", click the Content settings button.
- In the "Plug-ins" section, select the following:
- Run automatically (recommended): Chrome will run all plugs-ins.
- Click to play: Chrome will block all plug-ins. However, you can click the plug-in icon to run it this time.
- Block all: Chrome will prevent any plug-ins from running.
You can customize permissions for specific websites by clicking Manage exceptions.
Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might manage plug-ins for you, in which case you can't change this setting yourself. Learn about using a managed Chrome device
Allow blocked plug-ins to run
- If you chose Click to play, you’ll see gray boxes appearing on the page where plug-ins have been blocked. In the center of the box, click the plug-in icon to run it this time.
If you chose to Block all plug-ins, you’ll see a plug-in blocked icon in the address bar and gray boxes appearing on the page where plug-ins have been blocked. To adjust plug-in settings for the site, click the plug-in blocked icon:
- Click Always allow plug-ins in the menu that appears to automatically allow plug-ins to run on this site in the future. An exception will be added for the site.
- Click Run all plug-ins this time to allow plug-ins to run only this one time. You'll be asked again when you revisit this site.
- Click Manage plug-in blocking to manage your plug-in settings for the browser.
- To always allow a certain plug-in to run on every site, go to
chrome://plugins, find the plug-in and select the Always allowed checkbox.
- Outdated plug-ins are blocked by default. You'll see a message at the top of the page whenever the browser has blocked outdated plug-ins on the page. Click Run this time in the message to let the outdated plug-in run (not recommended).
Disable specific plug-ins
You can also completely disable specific plug-ins. Unlike blocked plug-ins, you won’t be able to allow the plug-in to run on a given page. When you visit a page with a disabled plug-in, you’ll see the message “Missing plug-in” appear in its place.
To disable plug-ins, visit the Plug-ins page at
chrome://plugins/. Find the plug-in you’d like to disable and click Disable. You can also re-enable disabled plug-ins on this page.
You can also reach the Plug-ins page by clicking Disable individual plug-ins in the "Plug-ins" section of the Content Settings dialog.