How do I get Flash Player 10 (on Firefox) without installing the Adobe Download Manager?


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The important bit is to not allow the download manager (Adobe DLM) to run, but instead click the link where it says 'If it does not start, click here to download'.

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    Note: The link now is to "troubleshooting information", and doesn't seem to offer the link to the installer anywhere (that I could find). The instructions from @Molly7244 below seem to work still. Commented May 13, 2010 at 22:57
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    There is currently (2010-06-22) a direct download link for the installer at the bottom of that troubleshooting page. Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 22:38
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    As of 2010-08-09 the "If it does not start, click here" link goes to a page that no longer has the direct download link. I've used that link in the past, so I know what it looks like. But it's definitely gone now. Anyone have up-to-date instructions to avoid DLM? FYI, the fpdownload.adobe.com links in the other responses do still work.
    – netjeff
    Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 20:49
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    As of 2011-03-28: Click on the "Click here for troubleshooting information.", then click on: "Troubleshoot Flash Player installation | Windows", there you can select "Download Flash Player with the manual installer" and then you can install it without the download manager. Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 6:13
  • -1. Answer needs updating.
    – HaydnWVN
    Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 10:17

Firefox http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player.exe

Internet Explorer http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe

*Note: Just add _ax to the file name and it will download the activex version for Internet Explorer.


Use Adobe's public ftp site to download without the download manager DLM

For example, flash is here


and acrobat reader is here


Then simply choose version and operating system to get to the actual files

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    Best answer by far
    – squareborg
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 9:12

Version 10.1: Direct download here

You need to shut down IE and/or FF, etc. when you install it. In my case I had to reboot for changes to take effect.

I think you have to use the DLM, but make sure you are still running firefox, wait for it to download. When you are asked t close firefox, search on your computer for recently changed files (name may be different): install_flash_player_64bit.exe (it's in a temp folder). Copy this to a different directory. You now have a standalone installer file. I tried opening the DLM installer w/ 7zip, but the contents are encrypted, so this was the easiest way.

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    The above link works for IE (the "active x") version, not for Firefox.
    – netjeff
    Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 20:49



  • Okay I didn't look enough :) Commented Oct 24, 2009 at 18:27

Here is the blog that explains very well how to install correct version of Flash for IE or Firefox:



Direct downloads:




It seems that those sneaky direct download links are simply at the very bottom of the general "installation problems" Help page

Here's a screenshot to help you scrolling..
imgur screenshot

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