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Firefox 69: Flash disabled by default

Question asked by kingfish on Jan 12, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 12, 2019 by black_zion

Mozilla plans to disable Adobe Flash in Firefox 69 by default according to an updated bug listing on the organization's bug-tracking website.

Adobe Flash Player is the last NPAPI plugin that Mozilla Firefox supports; support for other NPAPI plugins like Microsoft Silverlight or Java was removed in Firefox 52. Firefox users could switch to Firefox ESR to continue using NPAPI plugins at the time. Google dropped support for NPAPI plugins in 2015 in Chrome.

Mozilla, Google, and other browser makers announced that Flash was on its way out, and Adobe decided to retire Flash in 2020..

Mozilla's Flash retiring timeline lists two Flash related events for 2019:

  • Early 2019 -- a visible warning displayed to Firefox users about Flash usage.
  • 2019 -- disable Adobe Flash by default in Firefox.


Disabling means that Flash cannot be used anymore by default unless activated again by the user. Firefox won't prompt users anymore to enable Flash when sites require it, but it will be possible to enable Flash in the browser.

The next steps in the Flash deprecation happen in 2020 and 2021. Flash support is removed completely from all Firefox versions except for Firefox ESR in 2020. Firefox ESR will continue to support Flash until the end of 2020.

When Adobe stops the release of security updates for Flash, all Firefox  versions won't load the plugin anymore.