Adobe Flash Player plug-in

Adobe Flash Player is directly integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default. Available updates for Adobe Flash Player are automatically included in Chrome system updates.

If you want to use Adobe Flash Player in other browsers, you’ll need to separately download the Adobe Flash Player for those browsers.

Enable or disable Adobe Flash Player

These instructions apply to Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.

  1. Type chrome:plugins in the address bar to open the Plug-ins page.
  2. On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the "Flash" listing.
    • To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the Enable link under its name.
    • To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the Disable link under its name.

Note: If you've previously installed Adobe Flash Player separately, you'll see two files listed for the plug-in. If both are listed as enabled, the version bundled with Chrome will be used. To enable a specific version of Adobe Flash Player, click Details in the upper-right corner of the page. Then click the Enable link for the version of Adobe Flash Player you want to enable. The table below shows the filename for the version that is integrated with Google Chrome.

Platform Adobe Flash Player plug-in integrated with Chrome System plug-in
Windows pepflashplayer.dll NPSWF32.dll
Mac PepperFlashPlayer.plugin Flash Player.plugin
Chrome OS

Linux users: Adobe Flash Player uses a cross-platform API, Pepper API (PPAPI), to run its plug-in in Chrome.

You might notice some of the known issues below specific to Linux Chrome:

  • Mouse locking may not work.
  • Viewing Adobe Access (DRM) content is not supported, since Adobe does not support it on Linux.
  • Stage3D content will always be rendered through software.
  • Adobe Connect in presenter mode will not work with this version of the Flash Player.
  • Installing Adobe AIR Desktop applications from the web will not work. This includes applications such as Pandora’s Desktop music player, Tweetdeck, Flickr Desktop Search, Twhirl and Amazon’s Music Downloader.
  • Installation of the Octoshape Grid Delivery Enhancement will fail.

Install Flash Player for Chromium

If you're using Chromium (English only), you'll need to install Adobe Flash Player separately to display Flash content.

Windows instructions

  1. Download the Flash Player installer from Adobe.
  2. When the download is complete, click the installer in the downloads bar at the bottom of Chrome. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Adobe Flash Player.

    Windows User Account Control might appear and ask you for permission to install. If you don’t have administration privileges on the computer, please contact your system administrator to finish installation.

  3. Restart Chrome.

Mac instructions

  1. Download the Flash Player installer from Adobe.
  2. When the download is complete, click the installer in the downloads bar at the bottom of Chrome.
  3. Double click install_flash_player_osx.pkg to open the installer.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  5. Restart Chrome.


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