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Plug-in-based content doesn't work on Chrome

Chrome no longer supports many plug-ins. Most of these features are already included by website creators in a more secure way.

NPAPI plugins no longer work

In the past, many plug-ins were developed using an old system called NPAPI. Today fewer sites are using NPAPI plug-ins and they have often caused security risks on websites.

To make browsing with Chrome safer, faster and more stable, we stopped allowing NPAPI plugins on 1 September 2015.

Plug-ins that use NPAPI, including Silverlight, Java and Unity, won’t work.

Visit sites that use NPAPI

NPAPI plug-ins can't be enabled, so if you want to use a website that uses an NPAPI plug-in, you’ll need to use a different web browser. 

PPAPI plug-ins still work

Plug-ins that use a newer, more secure system called Pepper API (PPAPI) still work. That includes plug-ins that come with Chrome, like Adobe Flash. There's no need to install anything extra because PPAPI plug-ins will update when Chrome does.

Find out how to update Chrome.

Fix problems with Adobe Flash

If Flash isn't working, try these steps to fix the problem:

Step 1: Turn on PPAPI plug-ins.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://plug-ins and press Enter.
  3. At the top right, click Details.
  4. Find "Adobe Flash Player".
  5. Under "Type: PPAPI", click Enable.

Step 2: Make sure that Chrome is up-to-date.

You get Adobe Flash player on Chrome automatically, and it updates when Chrome does.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click Update Google Chrome. If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.
  4. Click Relaunch.

Having problems updating Chrome? Learn how to fix Chrome update problems.

Step 3: Update Adobe Flash Player manually.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://components and press Enter.
  3. Under "Adobe Flash Player", click Check for update.
  4. Go back to the page with the Flash content. If it doesn't load automatically, click Reload Reload.

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