Use plugins on Chrome

Plugins allow Chrome to use more features so you can do things like view Flash animations or PDFs. They also help make some videos and audio files work better.

Which plugins you can use

Chrome comes with several plugins like Adobe Flash and PDF Viewer. These plugins work on all of Chrome’s supported desktop operating systems.

Chrome no longer supports NPAPI plugins, so some plugins, such as Silverlight, Java, and Unity won’t work on Chrome.

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Chrome automatically blocks plugins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs.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.

"The following plug-in has crashed..."

If you see the message "The following plug-in has crashed..." at the top of your page or the broken plugin icon, this means that a plug-in used by the page you're on has become unresponsive or has closed unexpectedly. You can wait to see if the plug-in restarts automatically or manually force the process to close. To resolve the issue, try reloading the webpage. 

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