Use plug-ins on Chrome

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

Which plug-ins you can use

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

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

Note: Browser extensions are slightly different from plug-ins. Find out how browser extensions work.

Run or block most plug-ins

Chrome uses plug-ins by default on a web page unless they present a security risk.

Chrome automatically blocks plug-ins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs. You can also block plug-ins 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 "plug-ins" section, choose one of these:
    • Run all plug-in content (recommended): Chrome will run all plug-ins.
    • Detect and run important plug-in content: Chrome will run the main plug-in content on websites.
    • Let me choose when to run plug-in content: Chrome will stop any plug-ins from running automatically. You can run specific plug-ins by right-clicking on them and choosing Run this plug-in.

To allow plug-ins for specific websites only, click Manage exceptions.

Note: You can also reach the plug-ins page by clicking Manage individual plug-ins in the "Plug-ins" section of the Content settings dialogue.

Turn specific plug-ins on and off

You can turn specific plug-ins on and off at any time.

Turn on plug-ins

  1. Visit the Plug-ins page at chrome://plugins/.
  2. Click Enable next to the plug-in that you’d like to use.

Turn off plug-ins

  1. Visit the Plug-ins page at chrome://plugins/.
  2. Find the plug-in that you’d like to turn off and click Disable.

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

Use plug-ins 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 plug-ins 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 that 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 web page. 

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

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