Flash Tester   (and general Flash cheat sheet)
Flash Tester (and general Flash cheat sheet)
   
Adobe's Flash Tester

This site (page really) started as way for me to easily find the main Adobe Flash tester page (link above) which reports both on the installed copy of Flash in your browser and the latest version for assorted operating systems. Now, this is more of a Flash cheat sheet.

Adobe has a second un-named tester page at adobe.com/swf/software/flash/about/flashAbout_info_small.swf that displays the installed version number in a huge font (also available with insecure HTTP). Great for small screens. But, that's all it does, there is no indication of whether the installed version is current or not. If your browser tries to download a file, Flash is not installed.

They even have a third tester page they call Flash Player Help (also available via insecure HTTP). This page shows the installed version of Flash and indicates if its the latest version or not. When the installed version is old, it tells you what the latest version is for your browser/OS. That's the good news. The bad news is that it sometimes punts on the Chrome browser. A Chrome user visiting this page will be told that Chrome auto-updates, so fuggedaboutit, you're fine. That is, it does not report anything about the installed version of Flash when run by Chrome. Sometimes. Also, it used to be a bit buggy on OS detection. In early Feb 2014 it was only displaying the first 3 sections of the Flash version number, which has 4 sections. By September 2014 this bug had been fixed.

Adobe used to have a fourth Flash tester but sometime in Jan 2014 or earlier, it was merged into the above.


Flash version history

  • October 14, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
    Operating System  Browser(s)  Latest Flash Version
    Windows any browser15.0.0.189
    Macintosh OS Xany browser15.0.0.189
    LinuxChrome15.0.0.189
    LinuxFirefox11.2.202.411

  • September 23, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows for Internet Explorer only. See documentation from Adobe and from Microsoft.
    Operating System  Browser(s)  Latest Flash Version
    WindowsInternet Explorer  15.0.0.167

  • September 9, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
    Operating System  Browser(s)  Latest Flash Version
    Windows any browser15.0.0.152
    Macintosh OS Xany browser15.0.0.152
    LinuxChrome15.0.0.152
    LinuxFirefox11.2.202.406

  • August 12, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 14.0.0.176
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 14.0.0.177
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 14.0.0.179
        OS X: The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 14.0.0.176
        OS X: The latest Flash for Chrome is 14.0.0.177
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 14.0.0.177
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.400
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • July 8, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 14.0.0.145
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 14.0.0.145
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 14.0.0.145
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.394
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • June 10, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 14.0.0.125
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 14.0.0.125
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 14.0.0.125
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.378
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • May 13, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 13.0.0.214
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 13.0.0.214
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 13.0.0.214
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.359
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • April 28, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 13.0.0.206
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 13.0.0.206
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 13.0.0.206
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.356
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • April 8, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 13.0.0.182
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 13.0.0.182
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 13.0.0.182
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.350
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • March 11, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: (any browser) 12.0.0.77
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): (any browser) 12.0.0.77
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 12.0.0.77
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.346
        Android: Oh, those were the good old days

  • February 20, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 12.0.0.70
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 12.0.0.70
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.70
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.70
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 12.0.0.70
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Chrome is 12.0.0.70
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 12.0.0.70
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.341
        Android: No more bug fixes. See Sept. 30, 2013 below.

  • February 4, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 12.0.0.44
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 12.0.0.44
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.44
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.44
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 12.0.0.44
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Chrome is 12.0.0.44
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 12.0.0.44
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.336
        Android: No more bug fixes for Flash on Android. See Sept. 30, 2013 below.

  • January 14, 2014. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 12.0.0.41
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 12.0.0.43
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.38
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 12.0.0.38
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 12.0.0.38
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Chrome is 12.0.0.41
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 12.0.0.41
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.335
        Android: No more bug fixes for Flash on Android. See Sept. 30, 2013 below.

  • December 10, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.9.900.170
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.9.900.170
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.170
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.170
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.9.900.170
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.9.900.170
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.9.900.170
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.332
        Android: No more bug fixes for Flash on Android. See Sept. 30, 2013 below.

  • November 12, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Security bulletin.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.9.900.152
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.9.900.152
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.152
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.152
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.9.900.152
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8,10.9): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.9.900.152
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.9.900.152
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.327
        Android: No more bug fixes for Flash on Android. See Sept. 30, 2013 below.

  • October 9, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. See Adobe's Release notes.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.9.900.117
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.9.900.117
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.117
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.9.900.117
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.9.900.117
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.9.900.117
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.9.900.117
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.310 (no change)
        Android: No more bug fixes for Flash on Android. See below.

  • September 30, 2013. No more bug fixes for Flash on Android.
    Quoting from the Adobe roadmap for the Flash runtimes "Flash Player 11.1 is the last release of the Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers. Adobe will not add support for new mobile device configurations ... Adobe will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations through September 2013..."

  • September 19, 2013. Now there are two latest versions of Flash for Internet Explorer. IE on Windows 8 remains at version 11.8.800.168. IE on other versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 2003, 2008) is now at version 11.8.800.175. See the Adobe announcement.

  • September 10, 2013. Back to normal. Many bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.8.800.170
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.8.800.168
        Windows (other than 8): The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.8.800.168
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.8.800.168
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.8.800.168
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.8.800.170
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.8.800.170
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.310
        Android 4.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.115.81 NOTE: End of the line
        Android 2.x and 3.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.111.73 NOTE: End of the line

  • September 5, 2013. For a couple weeks Chrome users on Windows were using a mystery version of the Flash player: 11,8,800,115. I call it a mystery because neither Google nor Adobe ever said anything about it. Yet, it was released to the public, then quietly withdrawn. Specifically
    • Chrome version 29.0.1547.57 was released on August 20, 2013. In announcing the release, Google said nothing about Flash. Yet, it introduced Flash player version 11.8.800.115.
    • Chrome version 29.0.1547.62 was released on August 28th. No change to Flash.
    • Chrome version 29.0.1547.66 was released on September 2nd. Google did say that Flash was updated, but they did not say what it was updated to. This version of Chrome reverted Flash back to the last officially documented version - 11.8.800.97.
    I blogged about this. See Tracking the Flash Player in Chrome - none of your business and Did Google goof with the Flash player in Chrome?

  • July 9, 2013. The usual. Many bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.8.800.97
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.8.800.94
        Windows: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.8.800.94
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 is 11.8.800.94
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.8.800.94
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.8.800.97
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.8.800.97
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.297
        Android 4.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.115.69
        Android 2.x and 3.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.111.64

  • June 11, 2013. Many bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.7.700.225
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.7.700.224
        Windows: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.7.700.224
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 is 11.7.700.224
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.7.700.225
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.7.700.225
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.7.700.225
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.291
        Android 4.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.115.63
        Android 2.x and 3.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.111.59

  • May 21, 2013. One small bug fix, not security related and not for all OSs. See also Adobe's Release Notes for Flash Player 11.7. Below are only the environments that were updated.
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.7.700.203
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.7.700.203
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.7.700.203
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.7.700.203

  • May 14, 2013. Many bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.7.700.202
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.7.700.202
        Windows: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer is 11.7.700.202
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 is 11.7.700.202
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.7.700.202
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.7.700.202
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.7.700.202
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.285
        Android 4.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.115.58.
        Android 2.x and 3.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.111.54

  • April 9, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin and Release Notes for Flash Player 11.7
        Windows: The latest Flash for Chrome browser is 11.7.700.179
        Windows: The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera is 11.7.700.169
        Windows: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 (Win 7, XP, Vista) is 11.7.700.169
        Windows8: The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 is 11.7.700.169
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera, Safari is 11.7.700.169
        OS X (10.6,10.7,10.8): The latest Flash for Chrome is 11.7.700.169
        Linux: The latest Flash for the Chrome browser is 11.7.700.169
        Linux: The latest Flash for Firefox is 11.2.202.280
        Android 4.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.115.54
        Android 2.x and 3.x: The latest Flash is 11.1.111.50

  • March 12, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.6.602.180
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.275
        The latest Flash for Android 4.x is 11.1.115.48
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.44

  • February 26, 2013. Bug fixes on Windows, OS X and Linux. Not on Android. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.6.602.171
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.273
        The latest Flash for Android 4.x is 11.1.115.47 (no change)
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.43 (no change)

  • February 12, 2013. Bug fixes on multiple platforms. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.6.602.167
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.6.602.168
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.6.602.168
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.6.602.167
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.6.602.167
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.6.602.167
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.6.602.167
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.270
        The latest Flash for Android 4.x is 11.1.115.47
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.43

  • February 8, 2013. Bug fixes on multiple platforms. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.5.31.139
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.5.502.149
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.5.502.149
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.3.379.14
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.5.502.149
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.5.31.139
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.5.31.139
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.262
        The latest Flash for Android 4.x is 11.1.115.37
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.32

  • January 8, 2013. More bug fixes on multiple platforms. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.5.31.137
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.5.502.146
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.5.502.146
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.3.378.5
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.5.502.146
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.5.31.137
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.5.31.137
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.261
        The latest Flash for Android 4.0 is 11.1.115.36
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.31

  • December 11, 2012. More bug fixes on multiple platforms. See Adobe's Security bulletin
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.5.31.5
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.5.502.135
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.5.502.135
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.3.377.15
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.5.502.136
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.5.31.5
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.5.31.5
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.258
        The latest Flash for Android 4.0 is 11.1.115.34
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.29

  • November 6, 2012. More bug fixes on multiple platforms. See Adobe's Security bulletin and Flash Player 11.5 Release Announcement
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11.5.31.2
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.5.502.110
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.5.502.110
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is 11.3.376.12
        The latest Flash for OS X (Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11.5.502.110
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome) is 11.5.31.2
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.5.31.2
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.251
        The latest Flash for Android 4.0 is 11.1.115.27
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.24

  • October 9, 2012. Updates on multiple platforms to fix 25 critical bugs (more)
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows is 11,4,31,110
        The latest Flash for Firefox and Opera on Windows is 11.4.402.287
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and earlier is 11.4.402.287
        The latest Flash for Internet Explorer on Windows 8 is 11.3.375.10
        The latest Flash for OS X (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari) is 11,4,402,287
        The latest Flash on Linux for the Chrome browser is 11.4.31.110
        The latest Flash on Linux for Firefox is 11.2.202.243
        The latest Flash for Android 4.0 is 11.1.115.20
        The latest Flash for Android 2.x and 3.x is 11.1.111.19

  • August 21, 2012. Updates on multiple platforms to fix lots of security bugs (more)
        The latest Flash for Windows and OS X is 11.4.402.265, except for Chrome browser
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on Windows and Linux is 11,3,31,230
        The latest Flash for Chrome browser on OS X is 11,4,402.265
        Flash on Linux is being phased out, except for the Chrome browser where the latest is 11.3.31.230
        The latest Flash for Android 4 is 11.1.115.17
        The latest Flash for Android 2 and 3 is 11.1.111.16

  • August 15, 2012. Updates on multiple platforms to fix lots of security bugs.
        The latest Flash for Windows and OS X is 11.3.300.271, except for Chrome browser
        The latest Flash for Google's Chrome browser is confusing. The Adobe tester page says the latest is 11.3.300.265.
        My copies of Chrome 21.0.1180.79 however, include version 11,3,300,271, but its not being used (see above on Pepper Flash)
        The latest Flash for Chrome on Windows and OS X is 11.3.31.227. See my blog for more on this.
        The latest Flash for Linux is 11.2.202.238, except for Chrome on Linux where the latest is 11.2.202.236
        The latest Flash for Android v4.0 remains 11.1.115.12 (no change).

  • End of July? I missed at least one update here. On Windows and OSX Flash was at version 11.3.300.270. Chrome 21 (21.0.1180.60) on Windows also shipped with both 11.3.300.268 and 11.3.31.222. The latter, the Pepper Flash edition, was used by default.

  • July 11, 2012. Updates on multiple platfroms. No security fixes.
        The latest Flash for Windows and OS X is 11.3.300.265
        The latest Flash for Linux is 11.2.202.236
        The latest Flash for Android v4 is 11.1.115.12
  • June 21, 2012. An update only for Windows.
        The latest Flash for Firefox, Opera and other plugin-based browsers is 11.3.300.262
  • June 9, 2012. Big updates across the board to fix a ton of bugs
        On Android v4, the latest version is now 11.1.115.11
        On Android v2 and v3, the latest version is now 11.1.111.10
        In Windows and OS X the latest version is now 11.3.300.257 (Release Notes)
        On Linux the latest version is now 11.2.202.236
  • May 18, 2012. A fluke indeed. The Adobe Flash tester page is back to what it had been on May 13th or so.
  • May 15, 2012. A fluke?
        The Adobe Flash tester page said that the latest version of Flash for Windows and OS X was 11.3.300.255
        The latest version for Linux was said to be 11.2.202.236
        But, an upgrade to Chrome 19 continued to use the previous version of Flash 11.2.202.235
        And, a forced update of the Firefox plugin version of Flash, also used the same, previous version, 11.2.202.235
        Mixed signals with no word from the powers that be on this.
  • As of May 4, 2012 the latest version of Flash for Android v2 and v3 is 11.1.111.9
        On Android v4, the latest version is now 11.1.115.8
        Also, the version that was only available in Chrome (11.2.202.235) a few days ago,
        is now the latest version for Windows, Linux and Macs. Critical bug fixes all around.
  • As of April 30, 2012 the latest version of Flash in Chrome on Windows is 11.2.202.235.
        Adobe does not yet acknowledge this new version.
        On Android v2 and v3, the latest version is 11.1.111.8 which came out a while back
  • As of April 13, 2012 the latest version of Flash on Windows, Mac and Linux was 11.2.202.233
        According to Adobe, there were no security fixes.
  • As of March 27, 2012 the latest version of Flash on Windows, OS X and Linux is 11.2.202.228
        Finally, auto-updating, but only on Windows. Adobe says this release
         "address critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player 11.1.102.63 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux"
  • As of March 5, 2012 the latest version of Flash on Windows and Linux is 11.1.102.63, on OS X the latest is 11.1.102.64
        On Android 4, the latest version is 11.1.115.7
        On Android 3, the latest version is 11.1.111.7
        On Android 2, the latest version is 11.1.111.7
  • As of February 15, 2012 the latest version of Flash on Windows, Macs and Linux is 11.1.102.62
        On Android 4, the latest version is 11.1.115.6.
        On Android 2 and 3, the latest version is 11.1.111.6.
  • As of November 10, 2011 the latest version of Flash is 11.1.102.55 on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • As of October 4, 2011 the latest version of Flash is 11.0.1.152 on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • As of September 21, 2011 the latest version of Flash is 10.3.183.10 on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • As of August 25, 2011 the latest version of Flash is 10.3.183.7. More...
  • As of August 9, 2011 the latest version of Flash is 10.3.183.5
  • As of August 2, 2011 an update to Chrome on Windows and Linux included a new version of Flash, 10.3.181.36.
    Firefox and IE on Windows remained at 10.3.181.34. Chrome on OS X remained at 10.3.181.35.
  • As of July 12, 2011 the latest version for Chrome on Windows and Macs was 10.3.181.35. On Linux the lastest version for Chrome was 10.3.181.36.
  • As of June 28, 2011 the latest version was 10.3.181.34 everywhere.
  • As of June 15, 2011 the latest version was 10.3.181.26 everywhere
  • As of June 5, 2011 the latest version was 10.3.181.22 everywhere except for Internet Explorer which was 10.3.181.23.
  • As of May 12, 2011 the latest version was 10.3.181.14, everywhere except for Internet Explorer which was 10.3.181.16
  • As of April 15, 2011 the latest version was 10.2.159.1, most places. For Chrome on all OSs it was 10.2.154.27
  • As of March 29, 2011 the latest version was 10.2.153.1, most places. For Chrome on all OSs it was 10.2.154.25.
  • As of March 8, 2011 the latest version for Chrome on Windows was 10.2.154.18.
  • As of March 6, 2011 the latest version was 10.2.152.32 for Windows, 10.2.152.33 for Macs, except when using the Chrome browser, where the latest version is 10.2.154.12 on Windows and 10.2.154.13 on OS X. On Linux, all different.
  • As of February 9, 2011 the latest version was 10.2.152.26 for Windows and Macs, except when using the Chrome browser, where the latest version is 10.2.154.12. On Linux, all different.
  • As of November 5, 2010 the latest version was 10.1.102.64
  • As of September 20, 2010 the latest version was 10.1.85.3
  • As of August 10, 2010 the latest version was 10.1.82.76
  • As of June 13, 2010 the latest version was 10.1.53.64
  • As of February 11, 2010 the latest version was 10.0.45.2
  • As of December 7, 2009 the latest version was 10.0.42.34
  • As of August 2, 2009 the latest versions were 10.0.32.18 and (I think) 9.0.246.0
  • As of February 26, 2009 the latest versions were 9,0,159,0 and 10.0.22.87
    See Advice on updating the Adobe Flash Player from February 28, 2009.
  • As of November 7, 2008 the latest version of v9 was 9,0,151,0
  • As of October 2008 the first and latest version of v10 was 10.0.12.36
  • As of April 9, 2008 the latest version was 9,0,124,0
  • As of December 18, 2007 the latest version was 9,0,115,0
    See Update your copy of the Flash player now. And do it the right way from December 21, 2007
      and Problems updating the Flash player in Firefox from December 22, 2007.
  • As of July 10, 2007 the latest version was 9,0,47,0.
  • As of December 9, 2006 the latest version was 9,0,28,0.
  • As of July 1, 2006 the latest version was 9,0,16,0.
  • As of March 20, 2006 the latest version was 8,0,24,0.
  • As of October 2005 the latest version was 8,0,22,0.
  • As of June 2004 the latest version was 7,0,19,0.
  • As of September 2003 the latest version was 7,0,14,0.
  • As of March 2003 the latest version was 6,0,79,0.
  • As of February 3, 2003, the latest version of Flash for Windows was 6,0,65,0.

Flash History from Adobe



FLASH PLAYER on Android

Official story: (Feb 15, 2013) Flash is supported on Android 2.x, 3.x and 4.0. It is not supported on 4.1 and later. Even when supported, the Flash Player must have been installed prior to August 2012, new installations are not supported. Adobe explained this in June 2012.
Reality: The Flash Player works fine on Android 4.1 and 4.2 whether it was installed prior to Aug. 2012 or not. The installation procedure, however, is very non-standard. Since the Flash Player no longer appears in the Play Store, installing or updating it requires side loading. For more on this, see my Nov. 21, 2012 blog: Updating Flash Player on Android now requires a hack.

September 20, 2013: No more bug fixes for Android. Quoting the Adobe Archived Flash Player version page: "On September 10th 2013, Adobe released Flash Player 11.1.111.73 for Android 2.x and 3.x and 11.1.115.81 for Android 4.0.x in keeping with statements made in our publicly available Flash Roadmap. This is the final update release of Flash Player for the Android operating system."

Android Install/Update cheat sheet: (For v4.1, v4.2, v4.3 and 2.x)

  1. Do Settings -> Security -> Unknown Sources checkbox ON in Android 4.x or
        Settings -> Applications -> Unknown Sources checkbox ON in Android 2.x
  2. Get Flash from Adobe HERE. Scroll down a bit for the Android 4.x section and even further for Android 2.x.
  3. Open the just-downloaded APK file to install the Flash Player
  4. Turn off the Unknown Sources checkbox from the first step

As of the KitKat (4.4) release of Android, Flash only works with the Dolphin browser and only with a hacked copy of the Flash Player. See How to add Flash Player support on Moto X from MotoXhub Jan. 2014.

The Adobe Flash tester page, linked to at the top of this page, works on Android, when using a browser that supports Flash.

To manually see which version of the Flash Player is installed

  • Android v2.x: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> subcategory -> Adobe Flash Player x (where x is a version number). The sub-category may be Third Party or it may be All. I have seen it both way on Android v2 devices.
  • Android v4.2: Settings -> Application manager -> downloaded -> Adobe Flash Player
If you see a short version number, such as 11.1, try pressing/clicking on the Flash Player to get details, including the full four level deep version number.

To configure Flash on Android, go to settings.adobe.com/flashplayer/mobile in a supported web browser.

In the old days, Flash could be updated on Android phones by browsing to the Android Marketplace. The link that used to work was market://details?id=com.adobe.flashplayer



FLASH PLAYER on WINDOWS

For Windows users with multiple browsers, the Flash player has been a particular annoyance for years because there are multiple copies of it. It is packaged one way for use with Internet Explorer (an ActiveX control) and another way (referred to as the plugin version) for use with Firefox and Opera. Then along came Chrome with its own embedded copy, an idea that Microsoft copied with the desktop edition of Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on Windows 8. The Metro/TileWorld/Modern edition of IE on Windows 8.x does not support Flash. Each packaging of the Flash Player is independent, so one of Adobe's Flash tester pages (linked to above) needs to be run in each installed browser. A Windows user with IE, Firefox and Chrome can have three copies of the Flash Player and each can be at a different version. What a mess.

On top of this, the update procedure for Flash was, for years, manual, rather than automatic. Sometime during the summer of 2012 the Flash plugin for Firefox was given the ability to automatically self-update. Flash in IE 10 and 11 can also be updated automatically, but the mechanism is different on Windows 7 and 8. On Windows 8, Flash in IE is updated with Windows Update. I don't use IE at all, so I'm not up on how Flash in IE self-updates on Windows 7. So, even if IE, Firefox and Chrome are all updating Flash automatically, they are each using a different update mechanism.

My Recommendation: Windows users should install Flash in a single web browser. Having multiple copies of the Flash player is just too much to keep track of, auto-updates or not. As for which browser, I vote for Chrome.

Flash in Chrome: The Flash player inside Chrome is updated along with the browser itself and does not require any manual intervention (the portable version of Chrome is another story). Google used to do a great job self-updating Flash. Not so much any more. At some point Google switch to a component updating system for the Flash player. This updating scheme is separate and distinct from the updating scheme used for the rest of the browser. My experience has been that Flash updates are now very slow to roll out to Chrome, the exact opposite of the way things used to be. See my October 2013 blog on this Chrome browser on Windows fails to update embedded Flash player.

To see the version of Flash, and all plugins used by Chrome, enter chrome://plugins in the address bar. For full details on just Flash enter chrome://flash in the address bar.

Manually Installing the latest Flash Player browser plugin for IE and Firefox

Flash for IE and Firefox can be installed either from within each browser or with downloaded installer programs (EXE files in Windows). As a Windows user, I prefer the downloaded installers, as they avoid some installation hassles. Specifically, you don't have to deal with the Adobe Download Manager, you avoid the prompts to install assorted browser toolbars from third parties, you avoid ads and it's a simpler environment, less software involved makes it more likely to succeed.

There are multiple downloadable Windows installers: (last verified June 13, 2014)

Run each of these downloaded installers with their target browsers shut down.

If the file names/locations change, Windows users can try downloading the installers from one of the following Adobe web pages. The first two pages below also offer links to 64 bit versions of Flash.

The official place to get the Flash Player is get.adobe.com/flashplayer. This is the worst place to get the software as you have to be on the lookout for extra software that Adobe tries to install.

Manually un-installing the Flash browser plugins for IE and Firefox

It is normally not necessary to manually remove an old version of the Flash Player plugin before installing a new version. Still, I suggest doing so, to verify that the un-install worked before upgrading. Windows users can un-install Flash from the Control panel list of installed software - look for two versions (ActiveX and plugin) and remove each. Again, this is, limited, as it does not remove the copies of Flash embedded in other software such as Chrome and the Adobe Reader.

Should something go wrong with the un-install (it's happened to me, see an example), Adobe offers downloadable uninstallers for Windows and Macs in their TechNote tn_14157.

Flash in Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8: September 6, 2012: Great article by Ed Bott, Microsoft puts Windows 8 users at risk with missing Flash update. With IE10 in Windows 8, Microsoft copied the Google Chrome approach and included Flash as an integral part of the web browser. However, Microsoft typically updates IE only once a month which just won't do for Flash. Google, in contrast, updates Flash when it is needed. In this article Bott gripes that Microsoft has not updated IE10 with the latest Flash patches and this is not something end users can do for themselves. Will Microsoft be up to the task of maintaining Flash in IE10 after Windows 8 goes live? We'll see.
Another good article on this subject, one which does a god job putting things in perspective is Adobe confirms Windows 8 users vulnerable to active Flash exploits By Gregg Keizer in Computerworld. Sept. 8, 2012
October 10, 2012: This time, Microsoft was prompt installing the Flash Player updates released on Oct. 8th into IE10.

Portable Firefox on Windows

I am a huge fan of the portable edition of Firefox. As a rule, it picks up the same copy of Flash that a normally installed copy of Firefox does. As a rule. However, I have run across portable copies of Firefox with their own embedded copy of Flash. Portable Firefox users should udpate Flash in the same way you would for a normally installed copy of Firefox and then verify each portable instance of Firefox at Adobe's tester page.

PepperFlash

August 19, 2012: On July 31, 2012 Chrome on Windows was converted from using an included Flash Player with an NPAPI interface to one with a PPAPI interface. The PPAPI version is newer and safer, that is, it is better sandboxed. Google refers to the PPAPI version of the Flash Player as Pepper Flash. The Pepper Flash interface is used on Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. OS X, however, is still using the older NPAPI interface for the Flash player plugin. For more, see my blog Explaining the confusion over Flash versions.
Sometime between September and December of 2012 OS X was upgraded to a Pepper-based Flash Player.

Flash in the Adobe Reader and other software

Outside of the installed copies of Flash that the Operating System is aware of, and outside of Chrome, Flash is also embedded in other software. Popular programs that include their own embedded copies of the Flash Player are the Adobe Reader versions 9 and 10 (Flash is not included with the Adobe Reader version 8) and Adobe Acrobat. Other software with its own copy of Flash includes Adobe AIR, Adobe Shockwave (see Dec. 2012 warning of vulnerability), Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe Flex. Flash is also used by AOL Instant Messenger and Microsoft Office. In fact, malicious Flash files have been embedded inside Office documents as part of a phishing attack. I don't know which version of the Flash player is picked up by Office apps. All these copies are not necessarily patched at the same time by Adobe.

More than once the workaround for a vulnerable embedded copy of Flash in Reader and Acrobat has been to rename, move or delete a file. For more on this see Security Advisory for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat, look for the MITIGATIONS section. This is true for both Adobe Reader version 9 and X. Here is a brief summary:

  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x on Windows: Rename file authplay.dll.
    It is typically located at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\authplay.dll for Adobe Reader or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\authplay.dll for Acrobat.
  • Adobe Reader 9.x and Acrobat Pro 9.x on Macs: Delete or move the AuthPlayLib.bundle file.
  • Adobe Reader 9.x on UNIX: Remove the library named "libauthplay.so.0.0.0."

Update: April 25, 2012. Things are changing here. See what Adobe says. In brief: Starting with the Reader and Acrobat 9.5.1 updates, Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x on Windows and Macintosh use the installed Flash Player plugin for Firefox/Opera. No more Authplay. Adobe Reader 9.x users no longer have to update Adobe Reader each time there is an update to Flash. If the Firefox version of Flash is not installed and you open a PDF file that includes Flash (SWF) content, a dialog will prompt the user to install the latest Flash Player. Adobe is working on doing the same with Adobe Reader X.

Opera on Windows

I don't use Opera. According to Adobe it uses the plugin version of Flash that Firefox uses.

Safari on Windows

I don't use Safari but I've been told it uses the plugin version of Flash that Firefox uses.


 

Flaws in Adobe's warning to update Flash


The warning above that a new version of Flash is available is flawed for these reasons:

  1. It checks once a week, at best. To me, this not frequently enough. And, your computer may only be checking every 60 days or not at all. To see how your machine is configured, check the Global Notifications Settings Panel. On a new Windows 7 machine, the default was 7 days, but I don't know if that's always the case.
  2. Adobe only warns about new versions of the Flash player at system startup. Anyone who doesn't turn off their computer doesn't get warned. My main laptop gets re-booted only once a month to install Windows patches. Every night it hibernates. No warning messages for me.
  3. When you see this message, how do you know if it's legit or a scam? Non-techies can't tell. The Flash update notice has already been used in attempts to install malware.
  4. The message is sometimes wrong. For example, if the computer was booted with an old version of Flash, then Flash was updated to the latest and greatest version, the next re-boot may well incorrectly warn that Flash is outdated. On one of my computers, after I removed Flash from both IE and Firefox, the next reboot warned me to update Flash. It's not clear if this warnig applies to the copy of the Flash player embeded in Chrome.
  5. There is not enough information supplied. For example, it does not say what the latest version of Flash is. It also does not say what old version of Flash it detected, let alone where this old version was found.
  6. It may install old software. I know someone who ignored the warning about updating Flash for quite a while. When they finally gave in and let Adobe update Flash, it installed an old version.

Regarding point 3 above, on Windows XP SP3, the last time I checked, Process Explorer showed that the warning came from program NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe running out of C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash. In June 2011 on a Windows 7 64 bit system, the program displaying the window touting a Flash update was FlashUtil10q_Plugin.exe running out of C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash. The program identified itself as "Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r181" but it was not signed, so we can't know if it really came from Adobe or not. This may change over time, so I'd key off the Window Title column in Process Explorer to see the source process.

Flash Player on a Mac

For instructions on how to install the Flash Player on OS X, as well as troubleshooting, see Flash Player installation problems on OS X from Adobe.

My Computerworld Blogs on Flash

Can't rember URLs?

Another way to get to Adobe's flash tester page is to right click on a Flash movie in a web page and select "About Adobe Flash Player".

Mozilla offers a plugin checker that works with Firefox and other browsers. As a rule, I wouldn't use it. It gets automatically invoked when Firefox itself is updated and this can be a good thing, as it warns of outdated instances of the Flash player. But, bad guys create fake pages that mimic these warnings, so you can't blindly trust them. Always check at Adobe's official Flash tester page.

Windows users can check the installed version of the Flash player in the control panel. In XP, go to Add or Remove Programs, click on the Flash player, then click on "click here for support informaton". In Windows 7 and 8, the version number is displayed as part of the list of installed software under Programs and Features. Vista users seem to be out of luck. This does not, however, tell you what the latest Flash version is. And, it doesn't tell you about copies of Flash embedded in other applications (i.e. Chrome, the Adobe Reader).

Flash Self-Update Checking

The self-update capability of the Flash player is poor. In terms of frequency, the best it can do is check for updates every 7 days. In terms of completeness, I believe it only reports on Flash used by web browers. That is, I don't think it warns about copies of the Adobe Reader with an old version of Flash embedded. The Adobe Reader and the Flash player browser plugin are updated in different and independant ways.

In addition, the Flash player has incorrectly warned me about outdated software. It seems to check, find an old version and then warn you the next time Windows boots up. By then, of course, the Flash player may well be up to date. And, as with Firefox's warning about the need to upgrade, this notification has also been spoofed by bad guys in an attempt to trick unwary users into installing malicious software. Bottom line: don't believe any notices about available updates to the Flash player, always check with Adobe's Flash tester page.

To configure how often the Flash player checks for udpates, go to a Macromedia.com hosted web page called the Notifications panel.

Note: you can prevent Flash from checking for updates in two ways. The first is a simple checkbox on the Notifications Panel. An Adobe TechNote, IT Administration: Configuring Flash Player auto-update notification explains another way, one involving a file called mms.cfg, but this TechNote seems to have been abandoned. It was last updated in April 2008 (as of Aug. 18, 2010) and doesn't even mention Windows 7.


FYI

When all else fails, see Archived Flash Player versions from Adobe.

Adobe has a forum for help with the Flash Player at forums.adobe.com/community/webplayers/flash_player

A section of the above forum is dedicated to Installing the Flash Player

About updating Adobe Flash Player from Adobe

Flash Player Help and Support from Adobe

The Flashblock extension for Firefox has been downloaded 9.4 million times (as of September 13, 2010).

There's a Flashblock for Chrome too.

Adobe also has another Flash tester page, Version Test for Adobe Flash Player, but as of July 3, 2010, 24 days after a new version had been released, it still listed an older version as being current. I checked again on September 22, 2010 and it no longer reports the latest version of Flash, only the installed version.

See my assorted notes on Flash Cookies

   
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