The Adobe Flash Player is freeware tool that browsers use to run multimedia content and Rich Internet Applications, as well as stream audio and video.
Flash Player is the default tool for running native multimedia content created on the Adobe Flash platform.
Adobe will end support of Flash Player on December 31, 2020, as the Internet moves to the HTML5 standard.
As of now, Apple Safari version 14, released for macOS in September 2020 no longer supports Flash, and as for the Windows OS, your only choice as of now is to use it via Opera as your browser.
FAQ: Learn more about Adobe Flash Player after its End-of-Life
- What does Adobe Flash Player EoL mean?
EoL comes from End-of-Life, and it means that Adobe will not issue Flash Player updates or security patches. This means that unless you have a solid antivirus tool, you open yourself up to common vulnerabilities and exploits (CVEs).
- Why did Adobe Flash Player reach EoL?
The main reason behind the EoL is due to the adoption of the HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly open standards.
Additionally, most major web browser developers have also implemented these standards into their products, except for Opera, for now.
- Why did the Adobe Flash EoL arive in 2020?
The Adobe Flash End of Life was originally announced back in July 2017, and Adobe decided that 3 years were more than enough for developers to migrate to the new standard.
- Should I uninstall Flash Player form my PC?
During scheduled updates such as those during Patch Tuesday will provide security fixes for all Adobe and Microsoft products except Adobe Flash Player, making it prone to CVEs.
- Where can I download Adobe Flash Player?
Since Adobe has removed all of their official download pages, your only option now is to download it off of third-party software hosting websites.