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

Plug-ins previously allowed extra features to be added to browsers. Most of these features can now be included by website creators in a more secure way by default as part of HTML5. Chrome support for these plug-ins ended 1 September 2015.

Why don't NPAPI plug-ins 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 plug-ins on 1 September 2015.

Plug-ins that use NPAPI, including Silverlight, Java and Unity, won’t work. 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. PPAPI plug-ins that come with Chrome, update when Chrome does, so there's no need to install anything extra.

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://plug-ins 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.

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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