Not that long ago, you couldn’t hit a website without hitting some kind of Flash element. Ads, games, and even entire websites were built using Adobe Flash, but times have moved on, and official support for Flash finally ended on December 31st, 2020, with interactive HTML5 content quickly replacing it.
That doesn’t help you if you’re still looking to play older Flash content, however. Websites that don’t update and old media that can’t be ported are forgotten without the capabilities in place to use them. Although there isn’t a Flash player in Chrome anymore, here are a few ways you can play Flash files in 2020 and beyond.
Return to the page with Flash content and refresh it. Chrome will ask you if you want to run the Flash content, so click Allow to run the content.
Your Flash content should automatically load at this point, allowing you to interact with it. If it doesn’t, or if Chrome support for Flash has been dropped, you’ll need to try an alternative method.
Playing Old Flash Games With BlueMaxima Flashpoint
With Flash shutting down in 2020, you won’t have many options for playing old Flash files once big browsers like Chrome and Firefox stop supporting it. One option, especially for gamers, is to download and use the BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint software.
This project is a Flash player and web archive project rolled into one. You can download the software and use it to play over 38,000 old Flash games on your PC—no browser required, and entirely for free.
To use Flashpoint, you’ll need to download one of the available Flashpoint packages. The recommended option is Flashpoint Infinity, which will download games as you want to play them, with only an approximate 300MB file size.
Otherwise, you’ll need to download the full Flashpoint Ultimate package, which is nearly 300GB in size. This contains the entire archive of Flash games that Flashpoint has to offer, allowing you to play them whenever (or wherever) you want, completely offline.
Emulating Flash Online With Ruffle
If old Flash games aren’t your thing, you could use the Ruffle Flash emulator to run other types of Flash media content. This allows you to run old SWF Flash files in your PC browser, replacing Flash entirely.
With Ruffle, you won’t need to worry about Chrome support for Flash being dropped. Ruffle converts Flash content into a modern, web-friendly format. It shouldn’t be blocked by your browser, and you won’t need a Flash player built-in to do it.
You can try Ruffle out by trying the online Ruffle demo emulator, which has a demo Flash game to try, as well as the ability to upload your own SWF files to play and use.
Using The Adobe Flash Player In 2020 & Beyond
While Adobe has dropped support for Flash, you can still download Adobe Flash Player as a standalone player for your PC and Mac. To play SWF Flash files on your PC without a browser, you’ll need to download the Flash Player projector content debugger from Adobe.
This version of Adobe Flash Player is self-contained, so you don’t need to install it to use it—just run the file, then in the Adobe Flash Player window, press File > Open.
Select your SWF Flash file in the Open box. You can use a web address link, or press Browse to run an SWF file from your computer.
The standalone Adobe Flash Player file will load and run your Flash content, allowing you to continue to play and interact with Flash files once Chrome and other browsers stop supporting it.
Moving On From Flash
Yes—there are still ways to play Adobe Flash content using a Flash player in 2020, but support for it is officially dead. It’s time to move on from Flash and embrace HTML5, but before you do, use the built-in Flash player in Chrome to enjoy your older content while you still have the chance.
If you’re a gamer, you’ll need to download older Flash games if you want to continue playing them past the 2020 deadline. You can use a project like Flashpoint to do this, or you can look at some of the best online browser games to play instead.
Ben Stockton is a freelance technology writer based in the United Kingdom. In a past life, Ben was a college lecturer in the UK, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, Ben has taken his teaching experience and applied it to writing tech how-to guides and tutorials, specialising in Linux, Windows, and Android. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing. Read Ben”s Full Bio
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