Add, remove, and manage plugins on Chrome

Plugins let you do more with Chrome, like view Flash animations or PDF documents. They also help make some videos and audio files work better.

Which plugins you can use

Chrome comes with plugins to run Flash and PDF content. Chrome no longer works with NPAPI plugins, so websites that use plugins like Silverlight, Java, and Unity might not work on Chrome.

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

Change plugin settings

Chrome uses plugins by default on a webpage unless they are 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Chrome automatically blocks plugins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs.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. On your computer, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
  3. In the "Privacy section," click Content settings.
  4. In the "Plugins" section, choose one of these:
    • Run all plugin content: Chrome will run all up-to-date plugins.
    • Detect and run important plugin content (default): Chrome will run important plugins. Click to play non-essential content.
    • 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.

Turn specific plugins on and off

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

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://plugins/ and press Enter.
  3. Next to the plugin you’d like to use or turn off, click Enable or 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.

Troubleshoot plugin problems

Fix the "The following plugin has crashed" error message

If you see one of the following at the top of your page, a plug-in used by the page you're on has become unresponsive or has closed unexpectedly. The message "The following plugin has crashed" or the plugin icon .

You can wait to see if the plug-in restarts automatically or force the process to close. To fix the issue, try loading the webpage again by clicking refresh .

Use plugins on school or work 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.

Laura is a Google Chrome expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.

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