Update The End of Adobe Flash Player - 31st December 2020

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Jan 8, 2011
Adobe: Adobe Flash Player End of Life

Flash was always a security nightmare and a drain on system resources, and newer web technologies have surpassed the capabilities of Flash. Adobe decided to wind down Flash support in 2017, and now we know when this once-storied web plugin will die for good: December 31, 2020.

The shift to mobile content and the maturation of standards like HTML5 have made Flash a relative rarity online, but Adobe is still issuing security patches. It will stop doing so at the end of 2020, and you will no longer be able to download the Flash Player from Adobe's site. If you still have Flash installed on your system, Adobe will actively encourage you to uninstall it later this year.
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Few technologies have yielded such divisive and widespread passion as Flash. Many gush over its versatility and ease of use as a creative platform or its critical role in the rise of web video. Others abhor Flash-based advertising and Web design, or they despise the resource-intensiveness of the Flash Player plugin in its later years.

Whichever side of the love-hate divide you land on, there's no denying the fact that Flash changed how we consume, create, and interact with content on the Web. For better and worse, it helped shape the Internet of today. But now, after roughly 25 years, Flash is finally nearing its end. In less than six months—December 2020—Adobe will officially end support and distribution of Flash Player, the browser plugin we all associate most strongly with the technology. And already, months ahead of this end-of-life switch, Flash has been disabled in most Web browsers (often flagged as a security risk should you choose to override the default settings). Even Google Chrome, long the browser of choice for Flash content, will soon remove Flash Player.

Technically speaking, the technology will live on. The Flash authoring tool is part of Adobe Animate, while the rendering engine is included in Adobe AIR—which will be handed over to enterprise electronics company Harman International for ongoing maintenance, as it's still widely used in the enterprise arena. But it's safe to say that, after a decade in decline, Flash as we know it is about to say goodbye.


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Adobe Flash Player gets its last update, as support ends this year:
It's been a long road since Adobe announced its plans to phase out the Flash technology in July of 2017. For years, Flash was the target of criticism of all kinds due to its (lack of) security and performance, especially with the advent of HTML5, and browser makers had already begun deprecating support for the technology at the time.

Today is the end of the line for Flash, as Adobe has released the last scheduled update for Adobe Flash Player today. As previously announced, Flash Player will be supported through the end of the year, on December 31, but not after that. What's more, Adobe itself will block Flash content from running in Flash Player after January 12, 2021, so you won't be able to use it at all.

As time has gone on since that original announcement in 2017, more and more news have come out of support for Flash being dropped in different browsers. Microsoft announced its plans to remove Flash from all of its browsers last year, and Apple announced it would be removed from Safari earlier in 2020.

If you fear that specific Flash content will vanish from existence because of this, the Internet Archive may have some good news. Back in November, the organization announced it's collecting Flash content and preserving it through its Ruffle emulator. If there's something you want to revisit, you can check its collection to see if it's available there.
Welcome to the Flash Player and AIR 32 release notes!
December 8, 2020

Today marks the final scheduled release of Flash Player for all regions outside of Mainland China. We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers and developers who have used and created amazing Flash Player content over the last two decades. We are proud that Flash had a crucial role in evolving web content across animation, interactivity, audio, and video. We are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.

Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31 2020, and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12 2021; Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system. Please see our Flash Player EOL General Information page for more details and links to instructions for those that would like to uninstall Flash Player manually.


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If you haven't already, time to uninstall Flash Player for good.
Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.