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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.

Why NPAPI plug-ins don’t work now

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.

Access websites 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 Flash problems

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

Step 1: Turn on PPAPI plug-ins.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://plugins and press Enter.
  3. Click Details.
  4. Scroll down to "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.

Having problems updating Chrome? Find out 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 "pepper_flash", click Check for update.

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

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