I've been Flash-free in Safari (5.0.3, my primary browser) for a while now, using Chrome with its bundled Flash Player whenever I have to.

I'm also developing a little bit in Flash for school, and have ended up using the Flash Debug Player, since it's really convenient to use trace for debugging.

I tried just putting the Debug Player inside my Google Chrome.app, similar to how the existing Flash Player is located, but Chrome refused to detect this, so I had to put it in /Library/Internet Plug-ins, and now Safari detects it too.

Is there any way I can get Safari to ignore this plugin, or something that makes sure Chrome can find it, and not Safari?


You have to rename the Flash debug plugin, in order to be available to Chrome.

  • Go to 'Chrome.app/Contents/Versions/10.0.../Internet Plug-ins'
  • delete the 'Flash Player Plugin for Chrome.plugin'
  • put there your debug 'Flash Player.plugin'
  • rename it to 'Flash Player Plugin for Chrome.plugin'
  • restart Chrome
  • I think I tried that once before, but I'll give it another try to be sure when I get home again – PerfectlyNormal Apr 2 '11 at 10:33
  • @perfectlynormal I tried that way to install a newer version of Flash into Chrome and it did worked! Let me know of you have any issues.. – nuc Apr 2 '11 at 14:22
  • Looks like it worked :) Must've done something wrong last time. Probably typoed something... – PerfectlyNormal Apr 4 '11 at 11:14
  • Won't this be automatically overwritten with a new release of Flash by Chrome's autoupdate? – GhostLyrics Mar 18 '14 at 18:59
  • @GhostLyrics of course it will... – nuc Mar 18 '14 at 19:15

Maybe just use the clicktoflash extension (also available from Safari Extensions Gallery)?

  • I know that's a possibility, but iirc, there are some sites that detect you have Flash support installed, and use Flash instead of HTML5 for video for examples, so would like to avoid that.. – PerfectlyNormal Apr 2 '11 at 10:32

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