Follow these steps to download and install Adobe Shockwave Player and then enable Shockwave Player in your browser.


Effective April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available for download. Companies with existing Enterprise licenses for Adobe Shockwave will continue to receive support until the end of their current contracts. Adobe continues to offer a rich set of content creation tools through Creative Cloud, including Adobe Animate CC for authoring interactive content for multiple platforms, such HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash/Adobe AIR, and others.

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Install Shockwave Player in 5 easy steps

1. Check if Shockwave Player is installed on your computer

2. Download the latest version of Shockwave Player

If you don't have the latest version, download it here: Adobe Shockwave Player download

3. Install Shockwave Player

After you download Shockwave Player, follow the installation instructions that appear on the download page.


(Windows 8 only) Ensure that you run the browser in Desktop mode to install and enable Shockwave Player.

For more information on the latest update to Adobe Shockwave Player, see Release Notes | Shockwave Player 12.

4. Enable Shockwave Player in your browser

For Internet Explorer, see Enabling Shockwave Player | Internet Explorer.

For FireFox on any OS, see Enabling Shockwave Player | Firefox.

5. Verify if Shockwave Player is installed

If you see clouds moving in the animation below, congratulations, you have successfully installed Shockwave Player!

If you don't see the animation after completing all the steps, refresh this page using the icon below. For Windows 8, ensure that you view this page in Desktop mode to see the animation.

Still having problems?

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