I can't find Flash Player download link which will give me the full EXE/MSI file, not the tiny downloader which downloads data from the internet.

What's the proper download site for this?


9 Answers 9


Edit 2017: The installers are now at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution5.html

Edit 2016:

It seems that the link below does no longer give access to offline installers :(

original answer:

Download Adobe Flash Player 16 / 13 / 11.2 full offline standalone installers (MSI/EXE) for Internet Explorer / other browsers:


I've contacted Adobe because I was completely unable to install Flash with the 900kb installer-downloaders which always flood me with strange errors (and delete themselves from the run location! so you can't launch the installer-downloader after failure, have to re-download it), and they sent me this link.

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    For a long time I've been downloading the latest version of the full installers for the Adobe Flash Player with the FileHippo software update service.
    – martineau
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:14
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    This question was not about debug version, but thank you for sharing a link.
    – jakub.g
    Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 11:31
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    BTW, the debug version of standalone flashplayers are available at: adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
    – ryenus
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 10:45
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    This adobe “help” page also has the links at the bottom, and as of Dec 2014 those are working. (interestingly still macromedia.com domains. What is dead will never die™... =)
    – Frank N
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 9:45
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    This page and the download links will be decommissioned on January 22nd, 2016. the site now says.
    – n611x007
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 6:11

For a long time, I've been taking the offline installers from this page: Installation problems for Windows 7 and older (already mentioned in a comment by Fronker).

The links are always up-to-date, and it lets me get all plugin architectures (as of today ActiveX, NPAPI and PPAPI). The links are near the bottom, under the Still having problems? heading.

The above instructions are for Windows, but the same approach works for Mac OS X. Here's the Adobe help page with the offline installer links at the bottom: Installation Problems – Mac. This Adobe help forum page is also helpful: How to perform a "clean install" of Flash Player in Mac OS X.

  • Extra clafifiction: The Links are under “still having problems”
    – Frank N
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 19:14
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    thank you. I knew about the projectors, but this is exactly what I was looking for :D . I think that this deserves more votes - or at least to get its own question. This is valuable information.
    – Wyatt Ward
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 20:35

Adobe has decommissioned the Distribution page, but here's another method that still works for now:

On the standard installation page https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ the "Install Now" button links to the download page https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/download/?installer=..., you should append &standalone=1 to the end, then it'll let you download the normal standalone offline installer.

P.S. Don't forget to disable "Optional offer" before copying the link.

  • This is the only relevant solution as of Jan 2017.
    – iTayb
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 9:42
  • This should be the accepted answer as of Apr 2017
    – buld0zzr
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 17:25
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    Tried today and doesn't work, sadly. Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 9:16
  • I got The page you requested could not be found on our web site.
    – hmj6jmh
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 16:23
  • @hmj6jmh, works for me. You could try again or use the solution by Gras Double, it works too. I've also added direct links now.
    – user
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 18:35

If you download the flash player cab file for Microsoft System Center/SCCM, extract the xml file from the it, then you'll see the msi file listed in the xml file. There's a link for the activex installer and also the Mozilla/firefox/netscape plugin.



Sorry for bad English...

Most old answers doesn't work in 2016. So...

Here are direct download links to Adobe Flash Player Offline Installer for Windows (flash version, from 2016-12-20):
NPAPI (Firefox): https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/
PPAPI (Opera/Chromium): https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/
ActiveX (InternetExplorer): https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/
Uninstaller: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe

  • This worked today (2017-07-16). Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 9:34
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    Today (2017-08-04) the links work if you change the version number part. So must be changed to which is the current version. Using the links as-is results in a 404 error. Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 12:52

@GrasDouble provides the link to the page where you can find the installers.

Here are direct links from there to save you a click:
Flash Player for Internet Explorer - ActiveX
Flash Player for Firefox - NPAPI
Flash Player for Opera and Chromium-based browsers - PPAPI

  • Thanks, since 2020 I couldn't find any installer anymore.
    – Sam
    Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 15:17

I tried the link provided by jakub.g––http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution5.html. Though I logged in with my 'trial' account, I got No Adobe Flash Player distribution license found for this user. Please apply by visiting http://www.adobe.com/products/players/flash-player-distribution.html. They require all kinds of information to get an account.

Oddly enough, on the normal distribution site––https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/, there is a link at the bottom––Archived Flash Player versions: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html, that actually has the full installers for up to the current version. The downloaded archive had every installer for every platform. I installed the one for OS X from the command line. sudo installer -verboseR -dumplog -pkg "Install Adobe Flash Player.pkg" -target /. Much faster and more reliable than the GUI.


Now in 2021 that Adobe has cut off all the downloads, the only place I can find old versions is at: https://archive.org/details/flashplayerarchive

You'll also need an old web browser version to go with that. I'd suggest you look at the Firefox archives: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/ with a version less than 85, though to make life easier, I'd go with version 51.0.1 as there are no special steps needed to re-enable npapi.

Keep in mind that both of these software packages are unsupported, and has security flaws that are documented, and there are very likely exploits out on the net.


None of the solutions here will work today anymore in the year 2023. Even if you find the original installer anywhere, it will be useless because Microsoft has blocked the installation on Windows 10 and 11. All that you get will be this stupid error:

Adobe Flash Player Installation Error

This message is a lie. This screenshot is from a Windows 11 where Adobe Flash has never been installed. So you even get wrong information from the installer.

The reason why Flash has been retired is because of security issues. This is sad, I liked Flash very much.

But this does not mean that there is no solution. I wrote a software "PTBSync" which among other features displays a desktop calendar where the user can select a Flash Clock and other utilities to be displayed on the desktop. Therefore Adobe Flash must be installed.

So my software runs a local flash file which does not mean any security risk.

I extracted the Flash files and the registry entries from an intact installation and offer it on my homepage. You can download a ZIP file with the latest Flash version and copy the files to your disk and double click the .REG file. So you get Flash running on your Windows 10 or 11 within one minute.

Here you see the flash clock on my Windows 11 desktop:

Adobe Flash running on Windows 11

You can download the manual Adobe Flash Installation from my homepage

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