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Chrome Flash

Every time I launch Google Chrome, I get this notification on top. I'm not going to turn it off, and I click on the x button to close it but it pops up again when I restart Chrome.

Is there any hidden setting or workaround to disable this notification?

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    Well, sure it's going to be irritating, I get that - but what do you still use that needs Flash, & have you asked whether the developer is planning on getting away from an obsolete platform? That would be my primary concern. I banned Flash from this entire building 5 years ago & no-one's come to me begging for it back since. – Tetsujin Aug 31 '19 at 10:02
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    @Tetsujin Honestly, I play lots of flash games still. I'd love to ban it too for security concerns but developers need to move to HTML5 and the transition is not that fast. Flash is going to be removed in 16 months from now and Chrome is going to annoy me with this notification for all that long.. It's so frustrating..! – Shayan Aug 31 '19 at 10:31
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    @Tetsujin there's loads of Flash content including classic games that is not maintained, and is likely never going to be updated or moved to another platform. – Peteris Aug 31 '19 at 18:43
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    I think that making it annoying is a design feature. And even then, some people will complain that suddenly Flash doesn't work or that they didn't knwo about it in advance. – Ángel Sep 1 '19 at 0:28
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    @sudorm-rfslash I thought you said "sudo rm -rf flash"... – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 1 '19 at 22:25
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Unfortunately, according to the Google 'Product Expert' here, there doesn't seem to be any way to disable the notification.  Considering the amount of complaints about it, however, here's hoping they'll release an update soon that will allow turning it off permanently.

That said, this news might cheer you up a little bit:

"Apparently the Chrome v78 update will snooze the pop-up for 14 days."  – Source

But I believe that every 14 days for a year isn't that great either!

Personally, I have turned Flash off, and enable it only when prompted by a trusted website – which, fortunately, happens less and less nowadays.

  • Or you could always download a previous version of Chrome... currently using Chrome 73 - but that does have a security risk, doesn't it? ;) – ReinstateMonica3167040 Sep 1 '19 at 0:49
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    Or, if you don't need Google-specific additions, you can try compiling Chromium with this notification stubbed out (see FlashDeprecationInfoBarDelegate::ShouldDisplayFlashDeprecation which appeared in this commit) — or even stub it out in the binary using a hex editor (by putting something like 33 c0 c3 at the entry point of this method on x86/x86_64). – Ruslan Sep 1 '19 at 6:49
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    "Considering the amount of complaints about it, however, here's hoping they'll release an update soon" You must be new to Google Chrome threads 😂 – Lightness Races in Orbit Sep 1 '19 at 15:56
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    The complaints are by design. They want anyone using Flash to stop using it, due to the annoyance. – trlkly Sep 1 '19 at 20:31
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit Hence "hoping". I'm a test engineer – all I do all day is hoping for things to get fixed, knowing they won't ;) – Sio Sep 1 '19 at 21:19
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The only way I know this would work is downloading/installing an older version of Chrome (Pre-76) and disabling updates. For the latest version, the only way to get rid of it is actually disabling flash.

I wouldn't recommend you do this for a browser you use as your main, as it entails security issues not limited to flash. But keeping an old version as a "Flash browser" is probably an option. Another option would be Flash Player Projector, although this does derail from the actual question as it isn't usable inside browsers, only on standalone files, and doesn't affect the nag message displayed in chrome.

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You can go to

Settings -> Site settings -> Flash

and remove the check on the CheckBox for "Your Flash settings will be kept until you quit Chrome. Ask first".

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    This effectively turns off Flash which the OP does not want to do. – Weaver May 30 '20 at 9:49

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