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 (and other browser) users. They may not be supported in the future. New content should not be written using Flash or any other plugin technology.


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.
  • Starting with Firefox 56 in September 2017, Firefox for Android will remove all support for plugins (bug 1381916).

Tutorials and references

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

Flash Activation: Browser Comparison
Each browser activates Flash slightly differently, which can be confusing for users and web authors.
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.