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Adobe Flash Player is freeware software for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio. Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices. Flash Player was created by Macromedia and has been developed and distributed by Adobe Systems since Adobe acquired Macromedia.

Adobe Flash Player
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Original author(s) FutureWave
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Initial release 1996; 20 years ago (1996)
Stable release(s) [±]
Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS 24.0.0.186 / December 13, 2016; 16 days ago (2016-12-13)
Android 4.0.x 11.1.115.81 / September 10, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-09-10)
Android 2.x and 3.x 11.1.111.73 / September 10, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-09-10)
Solaris 11.2.202.223 / March 28, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-03-28)
Preview release(s) [±]
Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS 24.0.0.189 Beta / December 14, 2016; 15 days ago (2016-12-14)
Written in C++
Operating system Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS, Solaris, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android, and Pocket PC
Platform Web browsers and ActiveX-based software
Available in Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Korean, and Turkish
Type Run-time environment, Media player, and Browser extension
License Freeware
Website www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer.html

Adobe Flash Player (labeled Shockwave Flash in Internet Explorer and Firefox) is freeware software for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio. Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices. Flash Player was created by Macromedia and has been developed and distributed by Adobe Systems since Adobe acquired Macromedia.

Flash Player is distributed for free and its plug-in versions are available for every major web browser and operating system. Google Chrome comes bundled with the sandboxed Adobe Flash plug-in and Windows 8 and later come with their own integrated Flash Player (for Internet Explorer and Edge),

Flash Player has a wide user base, and is a common format for games, animations, and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) embedded in web pages. Adobe states that more than 400 million out of over 1 billion connected desktops update to the new version of Flash Player within six weeks of release.

Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Adobe Animate authoring tool, by Adobe Flash Builder or by third party tools such as FlashDevelop. Flash Player supports vector and raster graphics, 3D graphics, an embedded scripting language called ActionScript, and streaming of video and audio. ActionScript is based on ECMAScript, and supports object-oriented code, and is similar to JavaScript.

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