The Google Chrome browser (32 bit) includes Adobe Flash Player built-in. Accordingly, it's not necessary for Chrome to download Flash Player separately.

This document addresses questions about the enhanced support for Flash Player in Google Chrome.

How do I install the latest version of Flash Player in Google Chrome?

Chrome users don't have to download new versions of Flash Player. Chrome automatically updates when new versions of Flash Player are available. That way, users always have the latest security updates. Select About Google Chrome under the Tools menu to verify that your Chrome browser is up-to-date. (The wrench icon near the Chrome address bar indicates the Tools menu.)  It can take some time before updates roll out to all Chrome users.

Advanced users and developers can also install specific plug-in versions of Flash Player. They can also install preview or release versions of Flash Player or run developer debugger versions of Flash Player.

How is the integrated version of Flash Player that comes with Google Chrome different from the separately installed plug-in?

All versions of Flash Player, regardless of browser, enable the same great experience of a range of applications and content on the Web. With Flash Player integrated into Google Chrome, users no longer have to install Flash Player separately, providing a seamless experience of the Web. The Chrome browser automatically updates the built-in Flash Player to protect users with the latest security updates.

If the built-in Flash Player in Chrome is disabled, Chrome uses the downloaded plug-in version of Flash Player if it is installed on the user’s system.

If multiple Flash Player plug-ins are enabled, Chrome uses the integrated Flash Player.

Unless you are a developer that requires a debug or pre-release version of Flash Player, Adobe recommends that Chrome users use Flash Player integrated with their browser.

Note: The integrated Flash Player in Chrome has a different filename than the system plug-in. When you enable or disable plug-ins, ensure that you have identified the correct plug-in.

Platform Integrated Plug-in System Plug-in
Windows pepflashplayer.dll NPSWF32.dll
Mac OS PepperFlashPlayer.plugin Flash Player.plugin
Linux libpepflashplayer.so libflashplayer.so

How can I run the system plug-in, debugger, or alternate versions of Flash Player in Google Chrome?

Developers using Google Chrome can download and install a separate debugger or prerelease version of Flash Player as a system plug-in. Advanced users wanting to install a new version of Flash Player before they receive an automatic update through Chrome can install and use a separate system plug-in.

However, Adobe recommends that non-developer Chrome users use Flash Player integrated with their browser. Using manually installed versions of Flash Player, by following the steps below, means that users no longer benefit from the automatic Flash Player updates that Chrome provides.

To install and use an alternate version of Flash Player:

  1. Download and install the appropriate system plug-in. This plug-in could be a debugger, prerelease, or release version of Flash Player. (For archived release versions of the system plug-in, see Archived Flash Player versions.)

  2. Type about:plugins into the address bar at the top of a Chrome browser window.

  3. Click Details at the upper-right corner of the page.

  4. Find the Flash (or Shockwave Flash) listing for the integrated plug-in on the page and click the corresponding Disable button. To identify the integrated plug-in, see the table of plug-in filenames above.

  5. Find the Flash (or Shockwave Flash) listing for the system plug-in on the page and click the corresponding Enable button. To identify the system plug-in, see the table of plug-in filenames above.

  6. Close all Chrome windows and restart the browser.

Chrome uses the installed system plug-in. To confirm the version of Flash Player that is currently running in your browser, see Flash Player help.

I can't view rich media content. How do I get Flash Player to turn on?

You may have disabled Flash Player in Chrome. To reenable it:

  1. Type about:plugins into the address bar at the top of a Chrome browser window.

  2. Click Details at the upper-right corner of the page.

  3. Find the Flash (or Shockwave Flash) listing on the Plug-ins page and click the corresponding Enable button.

  4. Close all Chrome windows and restart the browser.

 

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