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Plugins

 

Plugins are shared libraries that users can install to display content that the browser can't display natively. Important: plugins are a legacy technology that are a security and performance problem for Firefox users. They may not be supported in the future. New content should not be written using Flash or other plugin technology.

Roadmap

Plugin Roadmap
Information about the roadmap for Adobe Flash and other plugin support in Firefox.

Roadmap Highlights

  • Since Firefox 52, plugins other than Flash are not loaded by Firefox.
  • Starting in Firefox 55, users will be asked to choose which sites may use Flash content. This feature will be rolled out gradually to Firefox users. 
  • Also From Firefox 55 onwards, Flash and other plugins can no longer be loaded from any URL scheme except for http:// and https:// (bug 1335475). See also Flash can now be loaded only from HTTP/HTTPS for more useful information.

See also

The articles below are developer information about the  developing for click-to-play, and plugin blocking.

Site Author Guide for Click-to-Activate Plugins
Site authors still using Flash may should be aware of how Firefox activates plugins, in order to author compatible content.
Plugin Blocking By Domain
In order to improve security and performance for Firefox users, Firefox maintains a list of sites that are not able to use plugins.
Archived Information
Legacy documentation about developing NPAPI plugins.

Document Tags and Contributors

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