Plug-ins

Plug-ins help the browser process special types of web content, like Flash or Windows Media files.

Browser extensions are similar to plug-ins, but instead they add new features to your browser or modify the functionality of your favorite sites.

Install plug-ins

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

Run or block plug-ins

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 However, since they can occasionally be a security risk, Google Chrome blocks plug-ins that are outdated or those that are not widely used.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.  To block all plug-ins, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu and select Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the "Privacy section", click the Content settings button.
  4. To choose how to handle plug-ins, in the "Plug-ins" section select one of the following:
    • Run automatically (recommended): Chrome will run all plugs-ins.
    • Click to play: Chrome will block all plug-ins, but you can play some of them by clicking the plug-in icon click to play plug-in.
    • 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

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.