Google Chrome won’t support Adobe Flash Player from 2020

Adobe has officially announced that they won’t be keeping the Flash Player active from 2020. After technologies like HTML5, WebGL etc started to take over, Flash Player looks like a thing of the past. Keeping up with this, Google Chrome has also started showing warning regarding Adobe Flash Support. Google will also disable Flash plugin by the end of 2020 from their Chrome browser.

No more Flash Player in Chrome after 2020

Flash Player has been active from the last 20 years and was used for a variety of online content including playing games, watching videos and run web apps. According to a report by Google, more than 80% of Chrome users on the desktop used to visit a website with Flash content at least once per day. In 2019, the percentage of such people have dropped to a mere 17%. This indicates that more and more websites have migrated to advanced technologies that don’t require Flash Player plugin.

These web technologies are also boasted to be faster and more reliable than Flash. Currently, Google Chrome asks for permission from the user in case a website needs Flash Plugin to run. Chrome is eventually planning to remove Flash completely by the end of 2020. So if you visit a website by the end of 2020 which will still need Flash Player, you won’t be able to run it properly.

Adobe is now trying to make the internet Flash free and force websites to shift towards faster and more secure technologies. They plan to dump Flash completely by December 2020. If the websites you visit migrate to new web platforms, you won’t notice any issues with their performance.

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Flash Is Going Away at the End of 2020

“Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020” banner message in Google Chrome.

Flash isn’t completely gone—yet. Instead, Chrome blocks Flash by default with the message “Flash was blocked on this page.” If you re-enable Flash in Chrome, you see a message that says, “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020,” with a button to turn off Flash.

As Google explains, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 2020, the countdown will also be counting down to the end of Flash.

This isn’t just a Google Chrome thing. Adobe will also end support for Flash at the end of 2020. Mozilla is even more aggressive—it will remove Flash support entirely in early 2020.

If you use Flash, you still have nearly one and a half years until it’s gone. Chrome’s increasingly aggressive moves are supposed to encourage websites to move away from Flash while they still have plenty of time to do so.

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How to Run Flash on a Website

When you visit a website that uses Flash, you see a “Plugin blocked” message at the right side of Chrome’s Omnibox or address bar.

“Plugin blocked” message in Google Chrome.

To enable Flash for the site, click the lock icon at the left side of the Omnibox (address bar), click the “Flash” box, and then click “Allow.”

Click the lock icon, click the “Flash” box, and then click “Allow.”

Chrome prompts you to reload the page—click “Reload.”

Click “Reload.”

Even after you reload the page, any Flash content won’t be loaded—you have to click it to load it.

To run an individual Flash object, click its Play button. To run all Flash objects on the page—including any hidden Flash objects running in the background—click the blocked plugin icon at the right side of the Omnibox and click “Run Flash this time.”

Click the Play button to run an individual Flash object, and click “Run Flash this time” to load all Flash content.

Whenever you allow Flash for a website, it’s added to the allow list—click the blocked plugin icon and click “Manage” to see it. Alternatively, you can head to chrome://settings/content/flash to view it.

Here’s the bad news: whenever you restart your browser, Chrome erases this list. If you use Flash frequently on a particular website, you’ll have to do this repeatedly. Google seriously wants Chrome users to stop using Flash, so it’s making the Flash process annoying on purpose.
How to Enable Click-to-Play Flash

Rather than Chrome automatically blocking Flash on all websites, you can set Chrome to ask before displaying Flash content. (No, there’s no way to have Chrome automatically play Flash anymore.)

Unlike the above preference, Chrome will remember this setting. However, it will display a “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020” banner every time you reopen your browser. There’s no way to disable this message without disabling Flash.

When Flash is blocked, click the blocked plugin icon in Chrome’s Omnibox and click “Manage.” This takes you to the Flash settings page, which you can also access from Settings > Advanced > Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Flash.

Click the blocked plugin icon in Chrome’s omnibox and click “Manage.”

Click the toggle here to set Chrome to “Ask first” rather than the default “Block sites from running Flash (recommended.)”

Toggle-On the “Ask first” option.

Now, when you visit a website with Flash, you can click a Flash object on the web page and click “Allow” to view it.

Click the Flash object and click “Allow.”

You still have to click to play the Flash content afterward. However, it’s a bit more streamlined than clicking the lock icon to open the website’s settings menu.

Of course, Flash won’t vanish completely at the end of 2020. Old browsers, like Internet Explorer, will still support old versions of the Flash plug-in. It should be possible to run Flash content if you really need it, but the plug-in will no longer be updated with security fixes.

Manage Flash in your users’ Chrome Browsers

This article applies to only managed versions of Chrome Browser. Chrome OS comes with Flash built-in, and Flash cannot be uninstalled on Chrome OS devices.

Important note: Adobe® has announced that Flash® Player® will be deprecated in December 2020. In Chrome 76 and later, Flash Player is turned off by default. Users can manually switch to ask first before running Flash, without impacting policy settings that you set for Flash. For details about shipped and upcoming changes, see the Flash Roadmap.

We strongly encourage organizations to migrate to alternative solutions.

By default, Chrome installs Adobe Flash Player in the background or the first time that a user encounters Flash content, and Chrome will continue to update Flash Player via the Chrome Component Updater.

For most organizations, we recommend you use the default settings. However, some IT admins may want to manage their users’ Flash experience.
Flash deployment recommendations for IT admins

You have two options:
Option 1: Allow Chrome to manage its version of Flash Player (recommended)

Keep the Chrome Component Updater enabled (default). In Windows Group Policy Editor, set ComponentUpdatesEnabled=true. Chrome will download and install Flash Player and update it as needed.

OR
Option 2: You own the responsibility of updating Flash Player for your users.

Manually install and manage your company’s installation of Flash via the Adobe Flash Player MSI (for Chromium).

Disable Component Updater by setting ComponentUpdatesEnabled=false.
Download and deploy Flash to your users via the Adobe Flash MSI (be sure to select “Opera & Chromium PPAPI MSI”).
Continue to update Flash for your users via the Adobe Flash MSI every time an update to Flash is released.

In this case, Google Chrome will not update Adobe Flash Player– all updates are done manually by the IT admin (for example, re-deploying Adobe Flash Player updates via Adobe’s newer MSI packages). If the Component Updater is left enabled, Chrome will choose to use either the Adobe Flash Player MSI dll or the Chrome plugin (whichever is newer).
Warning: Do not disable the Component Updater using the ComponentUpdatesEnabled policy without deploying the Flash MSI to your users. If you do this, Flash will fall out of date (as no updates will be installed from Google if Component Updater is disabled). This could leave Flash open to potential bugs and security issues. If Flash falls too far out of date, Chrome may block the outdated plugin.

To verify what version of Flash Player is running on Chrome (for both Options 1 & 2 above) — go to chrome://version to see what version is installed. Note that if the update is delivered by the component updater (Option 1) a restart is needed for Linux and Chrome OS (not for Windows or macOS). If updating using the Adobe Flash Player MSI (Option 2), restarting Chrome for all platforms is necessary.
Manage Flash by policy

You can manage how Flash playback happens using the DefaultPluginsSetting policy as well as PluginsAllowedforURLs. If these policies are not configured, Chrome will require users to activate Flash for each site that requires Flash that they visit.

Starting with Chrome 62: To minimize user impact and retain Flash functionality, you can whitelist internal and trusted sites that your users regularly access or http://* and https://* to allow Flash to play automatically. However, this is generally not recommended for security reasons.

Note: You should whitelist specific URLs by using PluginsAllowedForUrls as opposed to the broader wild card mentioned above.

PluginsAllowedForUrls – This whitelists certain URLs to automatically run Flash. You can enable internal Flash applications and sites that you trust by creating whitelists such as [“[*.]mycorp.com”, “play.spotify.com”].
PluginsBlockedForUrls – This blacklists certain URLs from accessing Flash content such as [“flashvideosite.com”].

Note: The Chrome policies DefaultPluginsSetting, PluginsAllowedForUrls, and PluginsBlockedForUrls only affect the Flash plugin and not any other plugins.

When DefaultPluginsSetting=”3″ (“Flash – Ask first”) is selected, users may need to click on Flash content and Allow it to run for that site first. With this setting, your user may see “Click here to Install Flash!” After the user clicks the link, they can click Allow.

Note: Starting in Chrome 62, Option 3- ‘Click to play’ is no longer an option.

Alternatively, your users may see a gray box with a puzzle piece and the error “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player.”

Click the gray box that says “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player.”
In the box that appears in the top-left, click Allow to run the Flash plugin.

Click to enable Adobe Flash Player

Testing tip: If you’re still on Chrome 54 or earlier, we recommend you test this functionality on internal and trusted sites with Chrome 55, 56, 57, and Chrome Canary along with the DefaultPluginsSetting policy and URL whitelists with PluginsAllowedForUrls. If there are business-critical sites in your organization that require Flash, please message these changes accordingly to the affected users.

Other options:

If you set DefaultPluginsSetting to “1 = Allow all sites to automatically run plugins,” ensures that Flash content to be played automatically. Note: This setting only works through Chrome 61. Starting with Chrome 62, Chrome is ending support for “Allow all sites to automatically run plugins.”

If you set DefaultPluginsSetting to “2 = Block all plugins,” all Flash content will be blocked from being played on your users’ computers. This is not recommended for most organizations. Test before enabling this setting and only use it if you want to completely block all Flash content for your users.

FAQs
How do I keep Flash updated?

If you have not modified Chrome’s default settings, Chrome will continue to update Flash via the Component Updater.
How do I disable Flash for my organization?

If you don’t need Flash for your organization, you can disable the plugin to disallow your users from running Flash content.

The primary way to disable plugins is to set DefaultPluginsSetting = 2.

Optionally, if you want to fine tune how you disable plugins, you can set these policies:

DisabledPlugins – This policy allows you to block Flash from being used by your users.
DisabledPluginsExceptions – This policy allows you for more granular control over which plugins you block. Read the instructions on Chromium before using this policy.

Is Flash included in the Chrome MSI?

No – Chrome will download the latest version of Flash when needed as the user browses, unless component updates are disabled.

An out-of-date version of Flash is included in MSI installers for Chrome 53 and earlier.
What happens if I disable Component Updater?

If you disable Component Updater and still want users to be able to access Flash content, you must install Flash through the Adobe MSI.

This is an advanced setting, and most organizations keep the default selected, which will auto-install Flash for Chrome when your users come across Flash content in their browser.

See the warning box above for the consequences if you disable Component Updater without deploying the Adobe Flash MSI in a timely manner.

How to run or install Adobe Flash Player for Android phones or tablets

Adobe Flash Player needs to be installed in order to view Flash-based software on an Android phone or tablet. You can either install Adobe Flash and the Firefox browser, or install the FlashFox browser which has Flash Player embedded.

Option 1: Install FlashFox browser

From the Play Store, install FlashFox. Please note that we do not endorse any particular app, so please install FlashFox at your own risk.
Note: FlashFox has ads in the bottom of the screen. To avoid ads, please follow option 2 below.

Option 2: Install Adobe Flash Player and FireFox

Open the Settings menu.
Select Security (or Applications, on older Android OS versions).
Select Unknown Sources to enable it (tap OK to confirm)
Download Adobe Flash Player for Android 4.x (For other Android versions, e.g. 3.x and below, see the list of Flash Player versions and scroll down to Flash Player for Android archives).
When download completes, open Notifications.
Tap install_flash_player.apk.
When prompted, tap Install and once installed tap Done.
From the Play Store, install Firefox.

The Difference Between Adobe Reader & Flash Player

Adobe Acrobat software is used to create PDF files, and Adobe Flash Professional generates online content. Adobe distributes free helper applications so people can read or view the content produced by Acrobat and Flash Pro: Adobe Reader and Flash Player. Although they are produced by the same company, they are more different than they are alike.

Adobe Reader opens PDF files, a file type Adobe developed for sharing documents across platforms without the risk of losing formatting. PDF files are usually text and graphic documents, but they can include interactive audio and Flash video content. You cannot create new PDF files or modify the content in PDFs using Adobe Reader.

To make PDFs, use Adobe Acrobat or any other program that can export to PDF format such as Microsoft Word. In addition to reading documents in Adobe Reader, you can fill out PDF forms by adding text, checking boxes and importing your signature using a webcam.

Uses for Flash Player

Like Adobe Reader, Flash Player only serves to load existing content — it can’t create new files. The content Flash Player displays are animations, streaming video and audio, and interactive features used on websites. Flash is commonly used in online computer games, and many sites, including YouTube, use Flash to embed video on Web pages.

Differences in Installation

Adobe Reader is a standalone desktop program. You install it on your computer and run it whenever you want to open a PDF file. Flash Player installs as a Web browser plugin and reads Flash files embedded in websites. You don’t run Flash from a desktop icon or the Start screen. When you open a website that uses Flash, Flash Player takes over automatically. Although Adobe produces a standalone version of Flash Player that runs without a Web browser, it’s designed primarily for Flash developers to test their creations, rather than for personal use.
Differences in Compatibility

Even though Adobe developed the PDF format, you can open PDF files without installing Adobe Reader. Some users choose to avoid the program because of its frequent security updates and large size. Alternatives include “Reader,” an app included in Windows 8 and the PDF viewers that are part of Firefox and Chrome Web browsers.

Flash games and videos are not compatible with alternative software. According to the W3 Techs website, about 13 percent of websites use Flash at the time of publication. To view Flash content on these sites, you must install Flash Player or use Chrome, which has Player built in. Some sites use HTML5 as an alternative to Flash, but the two technologies aren’t interchangeable: If a Web designer chooses to create a site with Flash Professional, you must use Flash Player to view the content on the page.

General questions About Adobe Flash Player

What is the difference between Adobe Animate and Adobe Flash Player software?
Adobe Animate (formerly Flash Professional) is an application for developing rich content, user interfaces, and web applications. Adobe Flash Player is a multiplatform client runtime. Web users must download and install Flash Player to view and interact with SWF content.

What is the difference between Adobe AIR and Flash Player?
The two Adobe Flash Platform runtimes are Flash Player and Adobe AIR. Flash Player is a highly expressive cross-platform runtime that works consistently across browsers. Flash Player delivers innovation within the browser, while AIR, a superset of Flash Player, enables the delivery of standalone applications that run outside the browser. Together, they provide a consistent runtime for delivering content that can easily move between the browser and native operating system context.

In what languages is Flash Player available?
Flash Player is available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish on most major browser platforms.

How can I file a bug for Flash Player?
File any bugs in the Adobe Flash Player public bugbase, and the Flash Player team will investigate accordingly.

What is the Flash Player privacy and security policy?
Read more about Flash Player security and privacy.

I just received a dialog box notifying me that a new version of Flash Player is available. What does this mean?
Periodically, Adobe updates Flash Player with new features or fixes to minor problems. The Automatic Notification and Update feature allows Adobe to automatically notify you when an updated version of Flash Player is available so that you can install it right away.

What versions of Flash Player does Adobe support and when will support end?
Adobe supports the latest version of Flash Player available. Older versions of Flash Player are not supported and all users are strongly recommended to update to the latest version to receive all security updates available. Support for Flash Player will continue until December 31st, 2020. Please read our blog post for additional information.

Updates to Flash Player help ensure that Flash Player works properly and may contain important security changes. Adobe recommends that you update to the latest version of Flash Player whenever a new version is available, especially when a security update is mentioned. Although you may choose whether to receive automatic notification of updates and how frequently to receive them, Adobe is not responsible for errors or security problems that occur because the version of Flash Player on your computer is not the most current one available.

How do I deploy my SWF content on the Internet?
To provide a better user experience for your site, you can implement Flash Player detection when embedding SWF content. For more information about detection and installation, visit the Flash Player Developer Center. Adobe also recommends the open source SWFObject project for embedding SWF content.

How can I tell if I have the latest version of Flash Player installed and whether it is working correctly?
Adobe provides online testing for Flash Player on the testing page. This page will tell you which version is currently installed and provides a list of the latest versions for each platform.

Where can I learn about changes to the Flash Player security model that might affect my content?
Information about security changes in Flash Player can be found in the Flash Player Developer Center.

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Licensing
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Can I license Flash Player for distribution on my company’s intranet?
If you’ve created intranet content that depends on Flash Player, you can distribute the software via your intranet so your users won’t have to download it from the Internet. View Flash Player licensing options for more information.

Can I license Flash Player for distribution with my device, application, CD, or other non-intranet use case?
Please contact our official distribution licensing partner, HARMAN for more information about licensing Flash Player and AIR.

What is the SWF file format specification?
The SWF file format delivers vector graphics, text, video, and sound over the Internet and is supported by Flash Player and Adobe AIR. The SWF file format is available as an open specification to create products and technology that implement the specification.

What is the FLV/F4V video file format specification?
The FLV/F4V open specification documents the file formats for storing media content used to deliver streaming audio and video for playback in Flash Player and Adobe AIR. FLV and F4V are the de facto standard for web video today.

What are the license terms for Flash Player?
Read the software license agreement for full license terms.

Why are the current distribution pages and links being decommissioned?
Third parties have been spoofing the Flash Player download pages in an attempt to spread malware. We are enabling Adobe ID login on the page in order to improve security and ensure that only licensed users have access to the distribution binaries.

I don’t have a Flash Player Distribution license, how do I download the binaries?
Please apply for a new license using the Flash Player Distribution application.

When are the existing download pages being decommissioned?
https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html will be decommissioned in Fall, 2016.
https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution4.html will be decommissioned on March 31, 2017.

I applied for a Flash Player distribution license within the last year, how do I access the new download page?
In order to access this new page, you will need an Adobe ID that is registered with the same email address that was used to sign up for the Flash Player license. You can create a new Adobe ID here.

I use Microsoft System Center Updates Publisher / Microsoft Systems Management Server to distribute Flash Player. What changes can I expect?
No changes are being made to the CAB file hosting on the Adobe servers.

These changes are breaking my Flash Player distribution workflow, who do I contact?
Please contact us via the Adobe Flash Player forums here: https://forums.adobe.com/community/flashplayer

Flash Content Not Shown

You cannot see tools and content that require the Adobe® Flash® Player.

Recent browsers disable viewing of Flash content by default.
General Steps

To check if Flash is installed: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html.
To install Flash: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.
To enable Flash in your browser:
Chrome
Firefox
Safari
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Note Steps to enable Flash in your browser assume that the Flash Player is already installed.

Enable Flash for Google Chrome
Use these steps to enable Flash content in Chrome.
Enable Flash for Mozilla Firefox
In Firefox version 55 and later, the default Flash setting is Ask to Activate (“click to play”). If Firefox blocks the Flash plugin from running on a site, either you are prompted to run the plugin (Ask to Activate), or the Flash content doesn’t run and no prompt displays. Use these steps to enable Flash content in Firefox.
Enable Flash for Apple Safari
Steps to enable Flash in Safari depend on which version of Safari you are running on your Mac. These steps describe how to enable Flash in Safari version 11.0 or later.
Enable Flash for Internet Explorer
In Windows 10, Adobe Flash Player is integrated with Internet Explorer, so there is no need to install Flash. Use these steps to enable Flash content in Internet Explorer.
Enable Flash for Microsoft Edge
In Windows 10, Flash Player is integrated with Microsoft Edge, so there is no need to install Flash Player. Use these steps to enable Flash content in Microsoft Edge.