Use plugins on Chrome

When you install plugins, Chrome turns on more features so you can do things like view Flash animations, PDFs, or Windows Media files. They also help make some videos and audio files work better.

Which plugins are supported

How plugins work depends on which operating system you’re using:

  • Linux: Chrome supports Pepper API plugins.
  • Mac: Chrome supports most popular plugins.
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP: Chrome supports most popular plugins.
  • Windows 8: Only plugins using Pepper API, such as Flash, Native Client, and Chrome PDF Viewer, will work when Chrome runs as a Windows 8 app. Find out more from Microsoft about browsing without plugins.
  • Chromebooks: Google Chrome supports Adobe Flash Player, the Google Talk plugin, and PDF viewer.

Note: Browser extensions are slightly different from plugins. Find out how browser extensions work.

Run or block most plugins

Chrome uses plugins by default on a webpage unless they present a security risk.

Chrome automatically blocks plugins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs. You can also block plugins yourself any time:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
  3. In the "Privacy section," click the Content settings button.
  4. In the "plugins" section, choose one of these:
    • Run all plugin content (recommended): Chrome will run all plugins.
    • Detect and run important plugin content: Chrome will run the main plugin content on websites.
    • Let me choose when to run plugin content: Chrome will stop any plugins from running automatically. You can run specific plugins by right-clicking on them and choosing Run this plugin.

To allow plugins for specific websites only, click Manage exceptions.

Note: You can also reach the plugins page by clicking Manage individual plugins in the "plugins" section of the Content settings dialog.

Turn specific plugins on and off

You can turn specific plugins on and off at any time.

Turn on plugins

  1. Visit the plugins page at chrome://plugins/.
  2. Click Enable next to the plugin you’d like to use.

Turn off plugins

  1. Visit the plugins page at chrome://plugins/.
  2. Find the plugin you’d like to turn off and click Disable.

Note: When you visit a page with a plugin that’s turned off, you’ll see a message that says the plugin has been disabled instead of seeing the video or audio that’s on the page.

Use plugins on work or school devices

If you’re using Chrome on a work or school computer or mobile device, you might need to contact your network administrator to handle Chrome plugins for you.

Troubleshoot plugins

If your plugins aren’t working normally or they’re crashing, you can troubleshoot the problem.

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