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This page tells you if Adobe Flash is installed and enabled in your current web browser.

Flash detection relies on JavaScript being enabled. So if you don't have JavaScript enabled then it's not possible to detect the status of Flash.

If you don't have JavaScript enabled, this site has a growing list of guides to show you how to enable JavaScript for your browser.

Blocked by default?

Some modern web browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox no longer let the Flash plugin run by default - to use Flash on a given site, you first need to specifically grant permission for Flash to run on that website by adding it to a "white-list".

This can be why you might still actually have Flash on your computer but it is not being detected. For your Flash program to work (perhaps a video player or a game), you first need to grant permission. It's also why we can no longer perfectly detect the presence of Flash - you might actually have it but unless you enable it for we can't detect it's version number.

If you don't have Flash installed and would like to, you can download Flash from Adobe.

Once you've checked out your Adobe Flash status, visit the Homepage to make sure your browser is up to date and to get a full read-out of your web browser's capabilities.

What is Adobe Flash?

Adobe Flash (or just "Flash") is a software platform that allows websites to show rich multimedia content.

Why do we check if it's installed?

Flash is not a default component of a web browser, and so it's possible to run a web browser without having it installed or enabled. Sometimes web browsers will come with Flash pre-installed, so that you don't need to install it yourself.

Old versions of Flash can sometimes cause problems with websites. If you're having trouble with a Flash based website, your web developer or technical support staff may ask you what version you have installed.

Flash is also not supported on some mobile platforms. Apple iPads, iPhones and iPods don't support Flash, whereas Android devices typically do support it, so if you're not sure whether your device has Flash installed, will tell you if you do.

It's not straightforward to determine if it's installed on your desktop computer (or laptop), so it's helpful for a lot of users to show the status of Flash.

What are common usages of Flash?

One of the most common things Flash is used for on websites these days is displaying video content. YouTube's video player is built in Flash (and they offer a fallback for Apple mobile devices).

Flash is still very popular for web based games; many if not most of the games you play on Facebook are built using Flash.

Aside from the specialist applications of Flash (ie Videos & Games), Flash is becoming less common on websites these days, due to the rise in popularity of a new technology called "HTML5" and the fact that Apple mobile devices don't support Flash.

It's quite rare to see entire websites built in Flash these days. It's more common to have certain elements of a website built using Flash. For example, Flash might be used for a photo gallery, a store locator, a chat room or some kind of educational program.

Because Flash isn't supported on some mobile devices and not everyone has it installed, it's always a very good idea for websites to have a "non-Flash" version of their content, so that people without access to Flash can still access your content.

Is Flash secure?

Generally speaking Flash is secure to have installed and enabled on your computer. The software is boxed off from the rest of your software so that it's not really possible to do malicious things with it; at least not without your permission. (Eg. unless you change its settings, it will ask you if you want to activate your webcam, you personally have to specify which file you want to upload to a website, and so on; it can't do these things by itself.)

That said, there have been security problems found in Flash in the past, which is why it's important to always keep your browser and your copy of Flash up to date. Keeping it up to date also ensures that you always have access to the latest features and developments.

UPDATE: July 2015

There have been a number of serious vulnerabilities discovered in Flash recently. You can read more about them here:

As a result; we now recommend either not installing Flash unless it is absolutely necessary, or, disabling it and only allowing it on websites you trust.

How do I install Adobe Flash?

If you don't have Flash installed and would like to, you can download Flash from Adobe.

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