Using Flash Debug Player with Google Chrome

This is something that's been bugging me for a while: Google Chrome won't use the debug versions of Flash Player because it uses its own, internal version. I've always just used a different browser for Flash testing, such as Firefox, but today I was determined to get to the bottom of this and I am pleased to report that I have succeeded!

A quick Google search nearly got me what I wanted and brought me to the blog of Aaron West. Unfortunately, after trying the technique described on Aaron's site, Chrome was still not using the right Flash Player. The problem is that Chrome has been updated since his posting and disabling Flash in the manner described simply turned off Flash altogether.

Well, I tinkered around some more and found out how to get this working. So here's what you need to do to get Chrome to use the debug versions of Flash Player. Note that since Chrome automatically updates your Flash player, you may need to go to Adobe's site and download the debug Flash Player for Netscape compatible browsers.

  1. Install the debug version of Flash Player
  2. Type about:plugins in the Chrome address bar
  3. Click on the Details button in the upper right
  4. Under the Flash portion, click "disable" on the entry located in the Google Chrome Application directory

Below is a screen cap of the plugins settings page and how it should look if you've done this properly.

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