Adobe announced they’ll end Flash in 2020, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla readied roadmaps to stop supporting it in their browsers according to that. As of Flash Roadmap for Chrome, Google will disable Flash by default in Chrome 76 and it can be enabled in settings, but still, the user needs to give explicit permission to run Flash in every website.
Now, Chrome 76 in Canary has set content setting for Flash to “Block sites running from flash” (was =ask first previously) and if you change that setting to earlier one, you’ll be warned on every startup with info bar: “Flash Player will no longer be supported After December 2020″ with the ” learn more” link at end of info bar taking to this Chrome blog post.
While the info bar will be shown only once per session, but it won’t be displayed to enterprise users.
Chromium team made commit yesterday and change landed in today’s Canary. If you still want websites you visit to play flash content,
- Click on Chrome menu > Settings
- Click on Advanced > Privacy and Security > Site Settings
- For Flash, Turn on “Ask first”
To run flash content in a website, you need to set the permission for flash for that site to “allow” in Site Settings, click the lock icon and select Site settings to reach there. You’ll be continuously informed with a puzzle piece in the address bar that Flash was blocked on this page and lets you to run it for that time.
The experience won’t be great, if you’re desperate to run flash websites, you’ve to bear these notifications. After December 2020, Flash Player won’t be available in any browser including Microsoft Edge and Firefox.
UPDATE May 14, 2019: Apparently, Microsoft Edge 76 Chromium in Canary also blocked flash by default and reminding users on startup who sets Flash content setting to “Ask first” that Flash won’t be supported after December 2020.
Are you worried that Flash is going away?