Returns a PluginArray object, listing the Plugin objects describing the plugins installed in the application.

In Firefox 29 and later, enumeration of the navigator.plugins array may be restricted as a privacy measure. Applications that must check for the presence of a browser plugin should query navigator.plugins or navigator.mimeTypes by exact name instead of enumerating the navigator.plugins array and comparing every plugin's name. This privacy change does not disable any plugins; it just hides some plugin names from enumeration.


var plugins = navigator.plugins;

plugins is PluginArray object used to access Plugin objects either by name or as a list of items.

The returned value is not a JavaScript array, but has the length property and supports accessing individual items using bracket notation (plugins[2]), as well as via item(index) and namedItem("name") methods.


The following example function returns the version of the Shockwave Flash plugin.

function getFlashVersion() {
  var flash = navigator.plugins.namedItem('Shockwave Flash');
  if (typeof flash != 'object') {
    // flash is not present
    return undefined;
    return flash.version;
  } else {
    //No version property (e.g. in Chrome)
    return flash.description.replace(/Shockwave Flash /,"");

The following example displays information about the installed plugin(s).

var pluginsLength = navigator.plugins.length;

document.body.innerHTML = pluginsLength + " Plugin(s)<br>"
  + '<table id="pluginTable"><thead>'

var table = document.getElementById('pluginTable');

for(var i = 0; i < pluginsLength; i++) {
  let newRow = table.insertRow();
  newRow.insertCell().textContent = navigator.plugins[i].name;
  newRow.insertCell().textContent = navigator.plugins[i].filename;
  newRow.insertCell().textContent = navigator.plugins[i].description;
  newRow.insertCell().textContent = navigator.plugins[i].version?navigator.plugins[i].version:"";


The Plugin object exposes a small interface for getting information about the various plugins installed in your browser. A list of plugins is also available by entering about:plugins in the browser's Location bar.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'NavigatorPlugins.plugins' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes ? ? ? ? ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes

In addition to listing each plugin as a pseudo-array by zero-indexed numeric properties, Firefox provides properties that are the plugin name directly on the PluginArray object.

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