Installing adobe flash 9 on mac [Solved/Closed]

linda - Jan 12, 2009 at 02:57 PM - Latest reply:  Gary
- Dec 2, 2011 at 03:47 AM
i had adobe flash on my computer and a friend "cleaned" my computer and it is no longer there. I tried installing adobe 10 but my mac is 10.3.9 - so I had to inunstall it, which worked and then downloaded adobe flash 9 - it downloaded but when I click on it on my desktop a box pops up that says there is no default application to open the document "install_flash_player.exe." I can click on "choose applications", but I have no idea what I am looking for.
can someone please tell me what to do, as if you were speaking to a 5 year old? I am so not computer savvy! I have no idea why I can't install it as I did before.
thanks so much
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Try this link - but the posted part is:

Go to HD/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder and delete "Flash Player.plugin" as well as "flashplayer.xpt".

Download dmg file from Adobe site and save to disc. Quit any browsers you have open. Double click on dmg file. that opens a folder which contains "Flash Player.plugin" and "flashplayer.xpt" ... drag both into the Internet Plug-Ins folder. Do a restart and you should be in business!

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I followed your advice to drag the Flash Player.plugin and flashplayer.xpt into the Internet Plug-Ins folder and, unlike others who followed the instructions, it did not work for me. Any other ideas?
MacFan4Life > Bklyn - Aug 24, 2009 at 01:11 PM
I have been reading over all of your situations. I am also running Mac OS X 10.3.9. To install Adobe Flash Player 9, I find it best to download the .dmg file (select Flash Player 9 from the drop down list). Once file is downloaded open the .dmg file. It should open as a removable disk image. Double click on your hard drive (Macintosh HD, or what ever else you may have named it) and click on Library > Internet Plug-Ins. You may find Flash Player.plugin and flashplayer.xpt already in there. Click and drag those to the trash, and click and drag the two files from the .dmg into the Internet Plug-Ins folder. Make sure they stay just in the Plug-Ins folder and not a sub folder.
If that doesn't work open your hard drive again. This time click on Users. Select what user you are, A house icon will appear next to the name rather than a folder icon. Select Libray. Then select Internet Plug-Ins. Click and drag the two files from the .dmg file and place them in the Plug-Ins folder.

If you are still having problems please email me at

Hope this helps.
i went to hd library and internet plugins and deleted them but I dont understand I have to download something els and a disc?
Thank you so much for your solution! After MONTHS of trying to puzzle this out, your directions were an answer to prayer! Just in case anyone is like me and needs a hand-holding explanation, let me say...

1. Go to
2. Click the "Select Version to Download" menu and select Flash Player 9 for Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.3
3. Click Agree and Install now
4. Select SAVE TO DISC
5. Quit any browsers you have open.
6. Double click on the "install flash player 9.dmg" file that has shown up on your desktop.

You'll see something running on your computer, and then a window will open that says Flash Player. I had been here before, and this is the part where I NEVER understood what to do! In the window you'll see four boxes and two arrows. What did the arrows mean????? I'd double click on the box that said Flash Player plug in, but then would get messages that my computer didn't know what program to use to open the file. HERE'S the ANSWER!!! The arrows mean to click on the box at the left and then to literally DRAG and DROP the material INTO THE PLUG-INS FOLDER in the box at the right. Do this for the two files. Seriously, that's all you have to do! Close the window.

7. Do a restart of your computer.
8. Go to youtube and test it out!

This solution worked for me, and I am so grateful for your help!
I've followed each step, but when I click on the second box before dragging in the direction of the arrow, get the message: Adobe Reader could not open 'flashplayer.xpt' because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded). I downloaded a second time and got the same. I've been trying to solve this for two days now. Any help?
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That "exe" file looks like a Windows file. I think the Mac file should be a "dmg" file. Try the following link for a Mac version for Intel based Macs. If yours is a PowerPC version it will not work.
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Well, when you go to adobe webpage from Windows it will detect your Windows system as default and gives you exact version for that system.

You shall click on 'other operating system' and choose from the list 'Mackintosh' and other list your version of Mac.

Then you'll be able to download Mac .dmg file and not .exe
I am having the same problem, only my computer is downloading the .dmg after which I get a .plugin file that my mac doesn't know how to open. Any suggestions?
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