Download Adobe Flash Player: PC, Mac, Android (APK)

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Adobe Flash Player is a sophisticated client runtime that allows users to receive high-quality content on their computers. While it has become more vulnerable over the years, the good old Flash Player is still available to let you run some applications on old web browsers or develop apps or games.

What is Adobe Flash Player?

Adobe Flash Player is a freeware computer program developed by Adobe Inc. that was definitely discontinued in 2020 mainly for security vulnerabilities reasons. It was initially created for viewing multimedia content, executing internet applications (including games), and streaming audio and video content. It could run from a web browser, as a plug-in, or as a standalone on supported devices.

What are the key features of Adobe Flash Player?

  • Multimedia support: As a graphic and multimedia program, it has supported both raster and vector graphics since its beginning. Moreover, many multimedia formats are natively supported, including MP3, FLV, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.
  • Data formats support: Adobe Flash Player natively supports many data formats, including XML, JSON, AMF, and SWF, to be as flexible and versatile as possible.
  • Streaming protocols: An app or a plug-in must be able to communicate through networks if it wants to offer modern and extendable features. That's why Adobe Flash Player supports the most used streaming protocols, including GTTP, RTMP, and TCP.
  • Performance: Since version 11, the low-level API called Stage3D offers full GPU acceleration similar to WebGL and allows you to code shaders for the different rendering pipeline stages. Moreover, the compilers have been improved over the years, and the Haxe multiplatform language can build programs that perform fast.
  • Development tools: There are several ways to develop applications and games using Flash Player. You can build Flex applications using the Adobe Flex framework and take advantage of its collection of stylable Graphical User Interface, data manipulation, and networking components. You can also code pure ActionScript applications, which is how most video games for Flash Player are made. Additionally, Adobe offers the Adobe Gaming SDK, composed of open-source AS3 libraries, like Away3D (GPU-accelerated 3D graphics engine), Starling (GPU-accelerated 2D graphics), Feathers (GPU-accelerated skinnable GUI library), or Dragon Bones (GPU-accelerated 2D skeletal animation library).
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Is it free?

Yes, it is free to use.

Is it safe?

Adobe progressively stopped supporting Adobe Flash Player because it was very vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and lots of Flash Player packages were infected by malware. It is however still available for download. If you are planning to use Adobe Flash Player, you have to ensure you know what you are doing if you don't want to risk getting infected by malware (Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems).

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